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Airlie Beach

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

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Even if you’ve got limited time in the Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach is a must-see stretch of shore. Discover the white-sand paradise on a morning or afternoon cruise that provides a perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Beat the daytime heat in an air-conditioned catamaran, enjoy on-board tea, and take advantage of free time to swim and sunbathe one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches at your leisure.
  • No-hassle morning or afternoon cruise to Whitehaven Beach
  • Half-day tour allows you to fit more sightseeing into your day
  • Avoid the heat in an air-conditioned catamaran
  • Enjoy morning or afternoon tea on the boat
What to Expect
Your half-day tour begins at a designated meeting point in Port Airlie or Hamilton Island. Once there, board an air-conditioned catamaran destined for Whitehaven Beach, hailed as one of the best beaches in the world. Following the cruise, disembark on the powder-white sands of Whitehaven Beach and enjoy free time to swim, sunbathe, or walk around the island’s 5-mile (7.5- kilometer) circumference. The turquoise waters of Whitehaven Beach are home to a plethora of marine life, including tropical fish and and turtles. Back on the boat, enjoy morning or afternoon tea before returning to your original departure point in Port Airlie or Hamilton Island.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
2: Hamilton Island, Whitsundays QLD, Australia
3: Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Island cruise a large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Morning or afternoon tea on board vessel
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef tax)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified (snacks and drinks available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Snacks available to purchase
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Visited whitehaven with the family there trip there was beautiful the beach itself beautiful however when it was time to come come back and get back on the main boat instead of putting us back on a small boat we went there with they put us on this kind of open platform with a
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Customer Service & Sales Manager at Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
Responded 1 week ago
In 2016 our newest vessel Sea Quest was purpose-built to unload guests down the bow ramp straight onto the beautiful silica sand of Whitehaven Beach. Unfortunately, Cyclone Debbie came through in March 2017 and moved a lot of the sand on approach to the island making it unsafe to land. We are endeavouring to recommence full-time ramp loading and offloading as soon as possible. I am sorry your family had an upsetting experience please be assured Cruise Whitsundays priority is our guests safety. I am glad to hear you had a lovely time on Whitehaven Beach.
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This really is just an expensive shuttle service, left port of Airlie at 7:15, did not get to Whitehaven beach until 9:30... stopped at daydream and Hamilton along the way. Then on the way back, stopped again and then even had to change boats at Hamilton, upon which we had to
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Customer Service & Sales Manager at Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review and we are sorry you feel you did not receive value for money on this tour. This cruise is one of the most affordable cruises to visit Whitehaven, the highlights and inclusions do specify 2 hours on the southern end of Whitehaven Beach. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time spent on Whitehaven Beach.
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Just had to do this knowing it’s reputation and wasn’t disappointed. The beach is beautiful with its pure white silica sand that feels like icing sugar! The sea turquoise blue and loved the fact that it’s in its natural state - no signs of development here at all. We did find
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This was a very enjoyable way to visit Whitsundays from pick-up to drop-off. The cruise itself was great, crew were so friendly, morning tea was nice and Whitehaven Beach was a lovely place to visit. Beach was amazing and walk through rainforest was great. Pick-up & drop-off
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your day out.
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I took a half day tour out to Whitehaven beach with family. It was so fantastic. The staff onboard the boat were very friendly and helpful. They put on a really great morning tea with free tea and coffee plus free muffins and fresh fruit platters. Then when we were out on
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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