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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

By Cruise Whitsundays
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.
from
$86.54
per adult
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$86.54
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Ages 0-99, max of 240 per group
Duration:5h 30m
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • 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

  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Island cruise a large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Morning or afternoon tea on board vessel
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef tax)
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified (snacks and drinks available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.

Departure details
  • Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
  • Hamilton Island, Whitsundays QLD, Australia
  • 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: 3987WHITEHAVEN

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Snacks available to purchase
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 240 travelers

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

A note from Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
  • We are ready to welcome you back to travel with confidence. Our JourneySafe COVID safety protocols means that we have implemented enhanced procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic so that you can travel with peace of mind.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • 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 Half-Day Cruises?
Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises price starts from $85.23. Discover and book Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises on Tripadvisor
What is the Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises cancellation policy?
Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises?
Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises is hosted by Cruise Whitsundays. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Cruise Whitsundays on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises?
On average, this experience will take approximately 5h 30m. Discover and book Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises 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: 3987WHITEHAVEN

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 3 starting options
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  • 1
    Cruise Whitsundays
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    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.

Z7879HBveronicad
Z7879HBveronicad
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There was great food .
The crew need to inter act more with their guests, this was the second time we went on and the first was great . Bu
liamliv
liamliv
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Unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience
Incredible experience. Once in a lifetime opportunity and could not recommend anymore. To fully appreciate the ree
Susan R
Susan R
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Wonderful Whitsunday cruise
We booked a full day Camira catamaran cruise around the Whitsundays in early November. We were informed the wind wa
jamesrY4343XQ
jamesrY4343XQ
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Awesome way to spend a day seeing the barrier reef & Whitehaven Beach
Me and my partner thoroughly enjoyed our experience today on Camira, having a wonderful time snorkelling on the ree
JD_cfc_1810
JD_cfc_1810
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Real heaven
Great time out there with my friends. Haven't seen that kind of white sand anywhere else. Make sure to hide your ba
M_Ferrara3290
M_Ferrara3290
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Honeymoon Fun!
We were visiting on our honeymoon and we wanted an adventure plus some fun! This tour was the best of both worlds a
TheTravelingHams
TheTravelingHams
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Reefworld is the perfect place to experience the Great Barrier Reef
Yet another day to remember thanks to Cruise Whitsundays. As with our Whitehaven day trip, the pick up and drop off
mehdiaV3036HB
mehdiaV3036HB
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Great day
Great day and great dive team. Also cruise director Victoria was awesome ! The diving experience was also fantastic
Vossitch
Vossitch
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Words and pictures don't do it justice
You can't really put into words how amazing it is to be sitting on a pontoon in the middle of the Great Barrier Ree
Jamie K
Jamie K
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Captain Andy gave us a great Reef sleep experience!
Fabulous experience aboard the pontoon at Reefworld for the Reefsleep experience. Once the day trippers departed th
damowna
damowna
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Big water bus
This is essentially just a big water bus. Half day trip went to 3pm because you have to stop off at Hamilton island
606JohnW
606JohnW
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Simply great - a bit like living in a fish tank!
What a beautiful experience. The trip out was good and it was nice on the pontoon - until all of the day trippers l
luna_s34
luna_s34
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5 star experience in the middle of the ocean
This is such a special experience. From the moment we stepped on the boat, pontoon, then brought to our underwater
ChloeCr96
ChloeCr96
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Amaziiiiing trip you won’t want to miss it
Seriously amaziiiiiing trip if you love sun, sea, snorkelling, lots of food & drink AND going to one of the best be
Discover459037
Discover459037
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A fabulous experience
What a fabulous experience on our sailing adventure today. The crew were fantastic and made the whole experience so
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DaveJJenk
Hvar, Croatia72 contributions
Dec 2021
A brilliant cruise from Airlie beach to Whitehaven beach. We went on the afternoon cruise leaving 11.35am on the ferry to Hamilton Island, changed boats for the Seaquest for the rest of the trip. Lovely cruise to Whitehaven with free tea and coffee all day. Landed there (dry) with a great choice of optional activities included. Equipment was provided for cricket, football, paddleboards, bodyboards, pop up tents for shade, stingersuits for swimming. A gazebo had been set up on the lovely silica beach with a bar. There was also a bar on the boat. On the return journey light refreshments were served of sweet cakes and savoury nibbles. We were particularly impressed that they provided a wheelchair with sand tyres for a disabled guest and the crew could not have been more helpful or more friendly. The trip was superb value for money and a perfect way to cruise the Whitsundays. Highly recommended.
Written December 6, 2021
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Thanks very much for taking the time to give us this lovely feedback Dave, it was a pleasure to have you on board with us, and hope to welcome you again soon.
Written December 16, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GoPlaces790250
3 contributions
We had a lovely trip over with beautiful views & we were served a morning tea of fruit, yoghurt, granola, cakes coffee & tea which were included in the price. They had other drinks & snacks for sale on the boat & drinks on the beach. Whitehaven Beach is very nice, we even saw a whale not far off shore. The sand is pure white silicon & the water is so clear & beautiful to swim in. We were given stinger suits on the boat before disembarking. We didn't do the walk as hubby wasn't up to it so I can't comment on that. Don't expect to snorkel as there is no reef. My one negative comment would be that I expected a commentary & some information while on the boat but there was none but it was a lovely outing & I would recommend it.
Written August 12, 2022
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RebeccaLuce
Birmingham, UK301 contributions
Whitehaven beach is stunning, however the overall trip could be improved, especially when you compare it to trips run by Explore.

Cruise Whitsundays instruct you to arrive 40 minutes prior to the departure time. This is entirely unnecessary and a total waste of your time. It seems that they book as many people onto the trip to make as much money as possible; the result however is akin to a cattle market and does not make for an enjoyable day.

The staff were friendly enough, but they seemed like all they were doing at times was herding sheep.

The beach was lovely, I think half a day is plenty as there are no facilities there at all.
Written January 22, 2020
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Rebecca, thank you for your feedback. All Cruise Whitsundays confirmations advise guests to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure allowing time for relevant information to be supplied and guests time to find our check-in counters. I am sorry if you thought this was excessive. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time on Whitehaven Beach.
Written January 30, 2020
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Sarah R
Hobart, Australia2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Never one to write negative reviews but was in disbelief regarding my experience with this business. Booked for the Whitehaven Beach half day tour online and as required paid the full amount at that time via card. Cruise Whitsundays then took this money out of my account as expected.

The next morning recieved an email saying that I was required to make payment within 24 hours or I would lose my booking. Promptly called and spoke to a frankly unhelpful staff member. They stated that I needed to provide "proof" that I have paid. Never mind the fact that they were the ones who took it from my account? Offered to send a screenshot of my bank account to which they said if it says pending it doesn't count (even though practically all online purchases process for 3 to 5 business days). So despite the trip being in 2 days and them having already taken my money, there's no way of knowing whether we will actually be going.

Would never travel with this company again, but no point asking for a refund as I imagine I would never see my money.
Written July 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
I am sorry you had trouble confirming your payment with the Reservations team. Online payments through the Cruise Whitsundays website are instant for credit cards hence why we ask for confirmation. I am sorry that this process impacted your experience.
Written July 16, 2022
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amy
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
Do not go with Journey beyond cruise Whitsundays.
A friendly, helpful driver picked us up from our resort at 6;20am and dropped us at the Airlie beach port terminal which didn’t open for 40mins and we stood outside freezing despite the staff sitting at their desks on the other side of the glass. Then we got given the day schedule from the terminal desk where we were essentially on the ferry boat.

It took us over 2 hrs to get to whitehaven beach as we had to drop off and pick up guests from daydream island and then Hamilton island and then whitehaven beach.

Morning tea was a tray of fruit and yoghurt after people had been vomiting everywhere because the sea was so rough. Very disappointing choice of food- muffins or quiches which was something of substance could have been offered.

We got 2.5 hrs on the beach then turned around and had to do the same trip back but we had to actually get off the boat at Hamilton, line up and get on another boat. This took us again over 2 hrs to get back.

No lunch provided which we knew about but the full day guests were getting lunch on the beach and that could have been offered as an upgrade possibly.
We snacked on junk food all day via the kiosk on the boat. There could have been more options for this as well.

I get it for the price that’s what we paid for but it was so not worth spending essentially 4.5 hrs on a rocky boat. Luckily no one in our group vomited but for future guests, I would suggest they do a private tour where you can go straight to the island. And ask in advance exactly what is included in the tour.

We would never go with this company again as we essentially traveled on the ferry all day, waste of time and money.
Written June 22, 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 hear that you were disappointed with your trip. The morning cruise to Whitehaven Beach offers the scenic route via Daydream Island and Hamilton Island to collect other guests who can be on a transfer or travelling on the same tour. The second vessel you take to return to Port of Airlie departs shortly after your arrival into Hamilton Island and does offer complimentary tea and coffee for the duration of the voyage. Lunch is not a listed inclusion on this tour, however we do offer sandwiches and snacks for purchase. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Cruise Whitsundays by emailing info@cruisewhitsundays.com if you feel that the information you received regarding the listed inclusions was misleading and we can look into rectifying to prevent future confusion.
Written June 25, 2022
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KH
Gold Coast5 contributions
Pretty average experience. Expecting more for the price. Lacking communication on all fronts.
Firstly the booking agent got my chosen tour wrong, I asked for full day Whitehaven and Hamilton island and they put me on half day trip.
I did not even know this until we were leaving on the boat, as I never received an email of the itinerary or booking confirmation.
Next, we spent 3 hrs on the boat 7am until 10am, due to multiple stops before our destination of Whitehaven.
Then once we got back to Hamilton Island we asked to move our ferry back to Airlie so we could stay for a few hrs, as I was expecting. Apparently that is not possible without paying a whole separate ticket - for the exact same trip (Hamilton Island to Airlie Port), just at a later time of the day.
The on board service was great, but your company has a ways to improving the overall customer experience as I rate this trip one of the lowest of any I’ve experienced.
Won’t be using your service again.
Written March 17, 2022
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As per our recent email correspondence, I do apologise that your requested tour was booked incorrectly. We have had a number of new recruits and this was raised with the staff member in question. I am sorry that you were disappointed in the Whitehaven Beach component of the tour, we do advertise this tour as a scenic cruise through the Whitsunday Islands with up to 6 hours on the beach. We are currently working on updating all collateral to make these stops and the journey time more transparent for guests.
Written April 10, 2022
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Estelle J
3 contributions
I would love to write a lovely review but unfortunately my experience with the company wasn’t that great. I booked and paid for the Whitehaven half day with return hotel transfers for 2 adults on 1 child on the Sat 17th of Sept for Monday 19th.

I woke up on Monday feeling unwell so I did a Rat test and ended up with Covid. I called the company as soon as I found out and they told me I couldn’t get refund as there refund policy states it has to be 48 hours before the tour. Firstly I booked within 48 hours tour, they then offered me voucher to use within a year if I send them a pic of the Rat test. I didn’t bother doing that, as there was no way I could afford another trip to the Whitsundays.

What I found most frustrating was that when I cancelled, I was told that I can’t change my mind and decide to come, because as the tour was full they would likely fill our seats.
I understand the company has expenses, but they couldn’t offer a 50% refund for cancellations for covid, when they are going to re-sell our seats?
There covid policy is an absolute joke considering people are required to isolate, so they penalise people for being honest and doing the right thing and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
Written October 5, 2022
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Cruise Whitsundays appreciates that you choose to do the right thing and cancel because you had COVID. I apologies that you weren't offered compensation as the seats were going to be resold. Estelle, I will email you directly as I feel like Cruise Whitsundays had the opportunity to compensate for this missed tour.
Written November 23, 2022
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Vaz B
6 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
What they fail to tell u while booking with the phone operator is that they drain the day by doing drop offs and pick ups at other islands before actually heading to whitehaven.
We left Port of Airlie at 11.30 and arrived at whitehaven just after 2pm. Spent a considerable amount of time picking up and dropping off and actually docking the boqt etc. I would choose a smaller company/boat that takes you straight there next time round personally and wouldn't book again with cruise whitsundays. Also for a company that charges as much as it does and sees so many tourists per day, you'd think arvo tea snacks would consist of more than 1 slice of cantaloupe, three grapes and a tiny muffin. Pretty embarrassing.
Unfortunately whitehaven looked nothing like it does in the photos. Could be due to the fact we saw it in rainy season but do bare that in mind for your trip if u do go in the wet season. Just Seemed like any other beach and definitely nothing special. Not any fault of the tour company ofcourse.
When compared to visiting other beaches in the pacific Islands and yes even in the wet season with rain, whitehaven sadly didn't come close to comparing.
Written January 8, 2021
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I am sorry to read that you were not impressed with your Whitsunday Island and Whitehaven Beach half day tour Vaz B. Our brochure and website both list the inclusions of the tour as a Cruise through the Whitsunday Island and up to 2 hours on the beach, along with a map of the route that is taken. For afternoon tea, we are currently offering a sausage sizzle on the beach and fruit on the vessel on the return journey. I'm sorry if you missed the sausage sizzle. I am disappointed that you were not impressed by Whitehaven Beach, it is regularly voted as one of the top 10 beaches in Australia with its beautiful white silica sand idyllic blue waters not quite as visible during the wet season but still beautiful.
Written January 12, 2021
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Dakhina M
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
This half-day tour was a problem from the start. The tour itself was a 4hr one but we were taken to two stops like a ferry service, first to Diamond island and then Hamilton where we had to change the vessel to go to White Haven beach. On the way back we again made these two stops. It was tiring and long. As a result we spent a total of 7 hrs of a day, of which we got to spend only 1.5 hours on the White Haven Beach.
The company is selling this as a half-day tour with an afternoon tea but it technically made the passengers sit for a total of 7 hrs. The two stops and change of vessel made it a very very tiresome trip which was absolutely not worth the effort or money. We did not know about these number of stops and weren't adequately equipped with food supplies. As we had kids in the group, this was a huge issue. I wish we had known this before as we would not have chosen this trip or the company for the White Haven experience.
Written January 6, 2022
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I am sorry that you did not enjoy your tour . The half day tour is advertised as including a scenic return cruise through the Whitsundays, with up to 2 hours at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach. All start and finish times are also advertised. Afternoon is a listed inclusion, however as the tour does commence at 11:35am additional food and beverage are available for purchase on our vessel.
Written January 11, 2022
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Bill G
10 contributions
This was very relaxing.
Had 2 hours at Whitehaven Beach.
Staff were excellent.
Felt like Covid was well handled very well.
Stinger suits available.
Nice to have ice cold drinkies on the beach and boat.
Have a close look for camouflaged Goanna (black and yellow) who was behind where we had ours towels for the whole time
Definitely recommend this to friends and family.
Written January 17, 2022
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