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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

By Cruise Whitsundays
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, or just laze on the sand at Whitehaven Beach, then cruise on over for sightseeing on a self-guided tour, with lunch at a waterfront restaurant on Hamilton Island.
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$133.19
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$133.19
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Ages 0-64, max of 230 per group
Duration:
9h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands aboard a high-speed catamaran
  • Free time at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island
  • Self-guided tour gives lots of choices for how you want to spend the day
  • Hassle-free: includes shuttle transfers around the islands

  • Island cruise on large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Complimentary use of island shuttle buses and resort pools
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch Meal
  • Activities on Whitehaven Beach
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Wildlife Park at own cost
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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. 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 the Marina Tavern overlooking the marina. Spend the afternoon exploring Hamilton—the largest island resort in the South Pacific. 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, board your boat for the return journey and end your tour back at Airlie Beach.

Departure details
  • Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach, Queensland
  • Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3987TWOISLAND

  • Cruise timetable subject to change
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 230 travelers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise?
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise price starts from $138.06. Discover and book Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise on Tripadvisor
What is the Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise cancellation policy?
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise?
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise is hosted by Cruise Whitsundays. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Cruise Whitsundays on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3987TWOISLAND

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • 1
    Cruise Whitsundays
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Hamilton Island Marina
    Stop: 3 hours
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  • 3
    Whitehaven Beach
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

kbjb20
kbjb20
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Camira sailing to Whitehaven bea ch
Wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Whitsundays including Whitehaven Beach and snorkelling Fantastic foo
784benk
784benk
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Stunning intro scuba diving experience!
Our day trip to Reef World was fantastic! Hardy Reef is absolutely stunning, with an amazing array of fish, corals,
476ellew
476ellew
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Perfect day with a wonderful crew
Everything was excellent from check-in, boarding to the wonderful crew. Perfect amount of time to snorkel the reef
MWrightNZ
MWrightNZ
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Day out at Reefworld
Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is definitely a bucket-list item, and Cruise Whitsundays ensured we had a great exp
martinapZ6895MO
martinapZ6895MO
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Reefworld fun
Such a fun and exciting experience, staff were great, the food was nice and such a memorable day!!!!
kylantravels
kylantravels
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Traumatizing experience
Reefsleep is one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had as a world traveler. I travel the world for snorkel advent
E2198BGmichaela
E2198BGmichaela
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Definitely a place to go!
Whitehaven Beach is a beautiful place to visit. We were coming from Airlie Beach so for us most of the time was spe
Lazzzyboy
Lazzzyboy
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Rude, Arrogant & Uncaring Tour Operator.
Rude, arrogant unaccommodating staff who don't care about customers or potential customers. There are many other sm
sinclairx4
sinclairx4
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Must do trip
FANTABULOUS day sailing. Whitehaven Beach WOW. Great crew and good BBQ lunch. Well worth the money, you won’t be di
CheekyJohn
CheekyJohn
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Enjoyable day had at reef
Ship was excellent. Clean and seating comfortable Staff very attentive. Facilities at reef were excellent Great Day
Paula D
Paula D
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The most amazing day sailing the Whitsundays
We loved our day sailing on The Camira. The staff were absolutely amazing and made our day one to remember. Our dau
Navigator30380795207
Navigator30380795207
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Awesome time!
I had a great day! Very nice and relaxed, going to the beach didn’t feel rushed and the food was decent. Felt very
Jesshope24
Jesshope24
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Amazing day trip
Me and two friends recently experienced the full day boat cruise on the Camira catamaran. Despite it being a very w
izzey101
izzey101
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Perfect mix of action and relaxation
Honestly so incredible! The crew was so nice, the food was so good, the boat is huge and really comfortable. Also t
KateM54
KateM54
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Amazing beach - wonderful tour!
We took the afternoon trip as part of the Hamilton Island morning sector. Fast cat out to Whitehaven, well organise
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4.0
65 reviews
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MASON
86 contributions
We went in January which isnt meant to be the best time to go from what i heard but it was so clear and such a nice day. Went with my family and had an amazing time swimming around and exploring the beach. We avoided all the crowds as we went to the other end. Beach was amazing and i see why it was the 2nd best rated beach in the world at the time i went (today i think its rated number 1) how great is it to have something like this in Australia?

smooth ride on the boat i think about 30 mins from memory. Staff member tried to top me from taking photos on the beach of my family as they wanted me to pay for their photos which were not very good and they were very pushy. On the way back people where pushing to get onto the boat knocking my little sister over who was 7 and then had a fight over the free crackers like animals. The staff member came back and kept pushing us to buy the photos. Other than that it was really good and would say everyone should go here
Written June 10, 2022
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Chris S
sunderland25 contributions
Family
Whitehaven beach in our stinger suits in the pouring rain in 27 degree turquoise sea is a fantastic memory to take away.
Had a great day even though weather not ideal.
I’m sure if sun had shone it would have been even better. We did beach am and Hamilton island PM. As we didn’t actually know what or where to go when we got off ferry at Hamilton island I’d recommend a bit of research in advance. We thought we were in an American movie set as everyone wizzing around in beach buggies.
Written April 26, 2022
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CruiseWhitsundays1
Hi Chris, Thank you for your lovely review, were glad that you had a fantastic day at Whitehaven Beach despite the weather we are currently experiencing.
Written April 26, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Greg Bravo
Brisbane, Australia20 contributions
Enjoyable day out today on Whitehaven Beach and then on to Hamilton Island for lunch. The staff of Cruise Whitsunday were informative and polite, Liam even promised sun over Whitehaven for the 2 hours we were there after a very lumpy ride across and he delivered.

A good day out 👍
Written May 20, 2021
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Mat
2 contributions
half day to whitehaven from hamo on a rainy windy day .
To improve this experience , our group was left with only one choice to go or lose100%
(we were offered $10 extra cost to move our booking)
But as the weather was to get worst for the next few days this was not really an option.
We all understand staff costs etc , but we all would have pull the pin if we received 50% money back.
Pelting rain stinging your face was hardly a nice time. staff were great , but this tour should have not gone ahead.
We found out later that day the full day trip had been cancelled and full refund to all customers.
Written May 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
I am sorry to read that the weather was less than ideal on your recent Whitsundays visit. As one of the largest tourism providers in the region Cruise Whitsundays does have a reputation for persevering and operating in wet and and windy conditions. As guidance our terms and conditions do suggest all guests check the weather forecast in the lead up to their departure dates. Our Full Day Tour is operated on a smaller ancillary vessel and the decision to cancel this tour based on the safety on our gests on the smaller vessel. As our Half Day Tour Vessel is a large 240 seater it can safely navigate the ocean.
Written May 11, 2022
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Fiona L
2 contributions
Family
Whitehaven was amazing although the trip getting there was quite rough (very windy day) so make sure you take sea sick pills but worth the trip getting there. Hamilton island was easy to get around with the free shuttles although the included lunch was very ordinary and not worth what they would’ve charged if not included. Definitely worth doing the trip to see both destinations. The marina at hamilton is very pretty and watching the planes come in so close was definitely great to watch.
Written June 30, 2022
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Thanks for the review! I am glad to hear you had a great day despite the wind!
Written July 29, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TS
4 contributions
Experience was overall great. The boat ride was very bumpy, although luckily we had a lovely group of staff who were very attentive to those that were sea sick, and looked after us all very well. Arriving at whitehaven beach there was a few paddle boards, and a lovely scenic walk, however if you didn’t want to do either of those you’d be rather stuck with just the beach in the warm sun, which was fine for us. Arriving at hamilton island once you get dropped off you have a lunch voucher, however after that there isn’t a lot you can do unless you pre-book, and you’re basically stuck unless you’ve booked something, buggies are hired out largely in advance, therefore transport options are limited. Overall a great experience, highly recommend looking into hamilton island and booking transport / and or things to do.
Written April 29, 2022
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Marisha B
Newcastle, Australia3 contributions
Friends
Explore cruises to Whitehaven Beach and Chalkies Beach departing from Hamilton Island Marina. 4th December 2020
This is the group to snorkel and cruise with. We went on one of their catamaran On The Edge skippered by Mark and his crew Helena and Luke.
This team worked expertly well together, were extremely organised making our time with them memorable.
Highly recommended
Written December 8, 2020
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Georgia
2 contributions
Friends
Cruise Whitsundays provided a wonderful tour of Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island. A beautiful lunch provided at Hamilton Island and all swimming equipment provided at Whitehaven Beach. All crew were very friendly and helpful - Rima and Cherene were very helpful in answering our questions and going out of their way to make sure we were having an enjoyable time.
Written April 11, 2021
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Andrew M
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia314 contributions
Wife and I enjoyed a cruise out to Whitehaven and then on Hamilton after lunch.

Must say was a long day for only 1 and a bit hours on Whitehaven. More travel then time on beach.

Nobody's fault but the weather also did not really happen for us either, seas were rough, bit of sun on the beach but that's about it.

Have been to many beaches around the world and I think it is a big call saying Whitehaven is best in the world. Def a nice spot but I do not think it lives up to the reputation it has gained but my opinion only, pretty yes but best in world a big call

Staff on the cruise were fantastic and very friendly from start to finish. Cannot fault them at all. Thank you

Would I recommend it yes, would I do it again No. Been there done that.

As stated it was still enjoyable and we wanted to do it also for the sake of the tourism in Airlie, they have done it tough like the rest of Australia and need out support.
Written September 10, 2021
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joe321cba
Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
We went on a rainy day but the crew did their best. Water warm and sand is white. Worth a visit,
My kids all teens, would be terrible on a wet day to take a baby / toddler.
The critical message that no one tells you is that you are dropped off 4 km from the inlet where all the amazing photos are taken. The beach is great but the Whitehaven signature photos are all taken of and from or above ( helicopter or sea plane) the inlet. The crew actively tell you not to walk there and back.
Written April 20, 2022
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I am sorry that the weather was less than ideal on your recent visit to the Whitsundays, but as you stated we are quite lucky to still get to enjoy the warmth. We do aim to advertise with complete transparency and all brochure and website material do state that this tour visits the southern end of Whitehaven Beach only and does not visit the Hill Inlet or Lookout. Unfortunately there is insufficient time to do the return walk from the Southern Beach location.
Written May 11, 2022
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