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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise provided by Cruise Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
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Updated 07/13/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/13/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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, 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.
  • 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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  • 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
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. 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach, Queensland Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Island cruise on large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Complimentary use of island shuttle buses and resort pools
  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch Meal
  • Activities on Whitehaven Beach
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Wildlife Park at own cost
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Cruise timetable subject to change
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 230 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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Marisha B wrote a review Dec 2020
Newcastle, Australia3 contributions
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
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Date of experience: December 2020
Brianna C wrote a review Oct 2020
Redcliffe, Australia8 contributions
Great day! The tour are very quick, organised and efficient getting everyone on and off the boat not utter chaos like other tours I’ve been on. The only negative would be that the pick up boat to take us back to Airlie from Hamilton island showed up a lot later then what was
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Reservations Supervisor at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded Oct 24, 2020
Hi bmcob, Thank you for your review, sorry to hear that the boat arrived later then expected but glad to hear that you enjoy the journey.
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fishmad11 wrote a review Sep 2020
Smithfield, Australia16 contributions1 helpful vote
Tour booked for 7am online states cafe open at 6:15 so came early to get some breakfast and coffee before tour but cafe was still not open by boarding time at 7am lots of people waiting to spend money but not open
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Customer Service & Sales Manager at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded Oct 8, 2020
I am sincerely sorry to hear that cafe was not operational on the morning of your tour. We have recently had some issues with some of our kitchen equipment which resulted in the delayed opening. I do hope that the rest of your day was however enjoyable.
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xiaojie00 wrote a review May 2020
Malaysia291 contributions86 helpful votes
If you like sunbath, beach and sea water only, you will have fun here. Whitehaven beach have nothing. There is no any food store or equipment rent. not even coral there and shade for cover. I like the sand, so tiny.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Customer Service and Sales Manger at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded May 7, 2020
Thank you for your review. There are no shops or development on Whitehaven Beach as it is strictly protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marina Park Authority. There are many walking tracks, lookouts and 7 km of silica sand and crystal-clear waters to indulge in. Whitehaven Beach is one of the most beautiful and photographed beaches in the world.
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bhavna wrote a review Feb 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
great tour if you havnt got lots of time in this part of the World. The ferry that takes you to Hamilton island was speedy with great professional staff. The amount of time at Hamilton I felt was enough. We hired a buggy when we got there which helped to get around the island a
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded Feb 23, 2020
Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach.
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About the operator

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Great full day tour!
Had a great time! After reading some negative reviews here on the way out I was coming to terms with the fact I'd b
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Great way to explore Whitsunday Islands
I took an Island Hopper ticket which enabled me to travel to from the Port of Airlie to Dreamdream Island and then
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Great way to spend a full day around the Whitsundays.
Amazing full day tour on a fantastic vessel. Knowledgeable, happy and friendly crew provide a great service and ve
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This was incredible to say the least. You cannot go past this full day tour or you’d be crazy! We had an amazing ti
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Absolutely amazing
Absolutely the most amazing experience doing this tour. Complete must do. So relaxing, amazing food, friendly fun s
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Definitely worth it!
Jam packed day with heaps to do! Left on the first ferry and only just made the last ferry!! Defiantly a little pri
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The reef is all dead, go further south
If you’re looking to actually see the outer Great Barrier Reef before it’s all dead, choose tours much further sout
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Reef tour
I embarked on this tour independently today and it was fabulous! The boat itself was quite large and plenty of spac
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Will do this again
My friend and I did the half day cruise, and despite the rain, it was still a great experience. Once the rain clear
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Sailing to the Whitsunday Island /Whitehaven Beach for snorkelling
The large NZ built catamaran Camira was roomy, not overcrowded so social distancing was not a problem on deck & a m
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Alan W
Camira Sailing
The Camira is a big comfortable catamaran with lots of room, but the best part of the day was the interaction with
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Exceeded expectations
We have done a lot of “experiences” and this would have to be the best. Service was impeccable, food was outstandin
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The erasure of indigenous importance and impact on the introductory video is disappointing and outdated. Considerin
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Brilliant! Highly recommend
What more could you ask for? A beautiful, spacious and comfortable sailing catamaran, a georgus sunset, excellent c
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Half day trip but spent 5 hours on the boat
We left Airlie Beach at 7:15am and came back at 2:30 pm, no any meal provided, they did have morning tea, but just
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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