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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

  • Stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands aboard a high-speed catamaran
  • Free time at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island
  • Choice of self-guided or small-group guided tour
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
From $135.61
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Self-Guided - Hamilton AMMost Popular
Depart Port of Airlie at 8am. Visit Hamilton Island in the morning and Whitehaven Beach in the afternoon. Enjoy a pub lunch at Marina Tavern. Return to Port of Airlie at 6:20pm
From $135.61
Self-Guided - Whitehaven AM
Depart Port of Airlie at 7am. Visit Whitehaven Beach in the morning and Hamilton Island in the afternoon. Enjoy a pub lunch at Marina Tavern. Return to Port of Airlie at 6:10pm
From $150.27
The Whitsundays Islands’ sandy beaches and sun-soaked landscapes lie just off the coast of Airlie Beach. This cruise visits two of the islands’ most memorable attractions: Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island. Go swimming, snorkeling, and sightseeing on a guided or self-guided tour, and enjoy lunch (not included) at a waterfront restaurant.
What to Expect

Make your way to the Port Airlie marina in time for an early-morning departure. Board your air-conditioned high-speed catamaran and set sail for the Whitsunday Islands.

If you’ve chosen the guided tour option, make your first stop at 4-mile (7-kilometer) Whitehaven Beach and enjoy dramatic views of one of Australia’s most photographed beaches. Follow your guide on a bushwalk along the Solway Circuit, stopping at some impressive viewpoints along the way, then return to the beach where you’ll have free time to swim, sunbathe, or play some beach games.

If you’ve chosen to visit on a self-guided tour, you will be dropped at the beach and have the morning to spend at your leisure.

Continue to Hamilton Island in time for lunch, cruising across the scenic Solway passage. Dine at either the Manta Ray Café (guided tour participants) or the Marina Tavern (self-guided tour participants) overlooking the marina. (Lunch is at own expense)

Spend the afternoon exploring Hamilton—the largest island resort in the South Pacific—either with or without your guide. All tour participants can use the island’s shuttle buses to hop between sights such as Front Street, Marina Village, One Tree Hill, and Cateye Beach, and there are ample walking trails and swimming beaches to choose from. Other possible activities include a visit to the Wild Life Hamilton Island nature park, where you can spot native Australian animals such as koalas, wombats, and crocodiles, or water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding.

Self-guided tour visitors can also opt to visit Hamilton Island in the morning and Whitehaven Beach in the afternoon.

After a full day exploring the Whitsundays, board your boat for the return journey and end your tour back at Airlie Beach.

Reviews (52)
1 - 5 of 19 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we booked this outing the agent at Whitsunday cruises talked us into changing from Friday to Saturday as “weather would be better”, she got that wrong. Weather was overcast and drizzling rain most of the time we were on the beach.sand remarkable and toilet...More

2  Thank Patricia F
Reviewed September 21, 2018
A perfect day

Would definitely recommend going to Whitehaven beach first as we had the beach to ourselves. So idyllic with soft white sand and the color of the water magical. Our next stop Hamilton island was quite busy but we enjoyed our lunch at the Marina tavern...More

2  Thank Franca T
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile
Great way to get a feel of Hamilton Island

We did the self guided tour with our kids. Got off the boat and on to the free bus near the ice cream shop and went to the first resort. We swam at the beach and in the resorts pool. The included lunch at the...More

1  Thank Brisvegas_Travellers
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Dream come true to visit an amazing beach with an incredible ocean life. I visited the islands with a group of young travelers from all over the world with TopDeck. One of the best experiences in Australia.

3  Thank Maferribas95
CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Cruise Whitsundays, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Hi Maferribas95, thanks for your review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your day!

Reviewed July 3, 2018
Wouldn't miss Hamilton Island

We went on a full day cruise in June 2018. We went to Hamilton Island in the morning and Whitehaven in the afternoon. Crew on board boat were very nice and tend to leave you to your own thing. Hamilton Island was beautiful and a...More

5  Thank NatDean88
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July 3, 2018|
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Response from pareyg | Reviewed this property |
Unguided is fine. Island isnt that big so, go at your own pace and enjoy it.