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Whitehaven Beach

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The Basics

A tour of the Whitsundays Islands isn’t complete without a stroll along the silky soft sands of Whitehaven Beach, and most visitors opt to explore on a day trip from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island.

It’s possible to visit on a half-day cruise, while full-day tours offer even more beach time. Tour highlights include the views from the Hill Inlet lookout, snorkelling along pristine coral reefs, or a bushwalk through the surrounding rainforest. For the most spectacular views, experience the natural beauty of Whitehaven Beach from above on a helicopter or seaplane flight.

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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
$127.74 per adult
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Amazing day
Mandy and paul were amazing. Fun, engaging and fantastic representation for the company. Both showed a great knowledge and passion for their work. Amazing with my daughter too 🥰🥰
emma_w, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

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A Fabulous Day on the Bullet!
Jane_R, Sep 2021
Whitsunday Bullet Day Trip - Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling
Mmmm…..so many memorable moments throughout the day. The bullet was a comfortable, fast and scenic ride. Throughout the day, the crew were organised, informative and helpful allowing us plenty of time to enjoy all the stops. The snorkelling, meals, and time spent on a Whitehaven beach was superb!
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What a beautiful day...
Jiemin_L, Sep 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet | Awesome Beach BBQ | Family Friendly
What a beautiful day out.! Whitehaven beach is amazing, crew staff is so friendly and helpful. BBQ is delicious .
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Great buffet style lunch....
Mark_N, Sep 2021
Whitehaven Beach Day Tour with Snorkel in Whitsundays Island
Great buffet style lunch. Whitehaven Beach is a must. Nice boat too, quick and can ride the waves...
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Great day out
Robyn_C, Aug 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet | Awesome Beach BBQ | Family Friendly
Great day out to a beautiful destination. The day was punctuated by a tasty bar-b-q lunch at Whitehaven Beach. The bush walks to the lookouts were absolutely worth the effort of all the steps. Beautiful scenery and with the sun shining, it was an absolute picture!
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Whitehaven Beach was...
David_M, Sep 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Whitehaven Beach was absolutely stunning. All the boat crew were friendly and helpful Only negative was having to rush the lunch that was included on Hamilton Island to be back at the dock in time to catch the next boat
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Cruising to Whitehaven Beach
Anne_M, Aug 2021
Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
A fantastic cruise. Great to have a short stop at both Daydream & Hamilton Island. Comfortable cruising catamaran. Staff very friendly & efficient service. Food & drinks reasonably priced. Whitehaven Beach was stunning & enjoyed our time there. Pleased with did the half day cruise with just two hours on Whitehaven Beach. Lovely afternoon tea with anti pasta, mud cake & fresh fruit. Highly recommend this tour
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F'ing awesome day
Katherine_M, Oct 2021
Whitsunday Bullet Day Trip - Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling
Northern Whitehaven at low tide was awesome. Due to now wind the operators were also able to select very good snorkelling locations.
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Great experience Thunder Cat crew thx
TRoy_L, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Great crew the vessel was out at Whitehaven in no time, fast & smooth ride thanks crew great experience.
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Fantastic experience
Tommy_F, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Fantastic, venue, crew, location, food, everything was the best. We traveled with a two and five year old kids and had no problems, they had an amazing time. Highly recommended
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Highly recommend!!!
Margarita_M, Oct 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
My partner and I went on this tour and absolutely loved it! The lookout was breathtaking, the snorkelling spots were amazing, so much beautiful life in the reef, there were even a couple turtles! The crew shared really interesting historic information about the places we were visiting and lunch was great. We even got afternoon tea! Plenty of drinks and chocky bars on board to purchase also! The day overall was perfect!!! Thank you Rory and Sabrina!!! Highly recommend!
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Excellent experience
Jacqueline_M, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach Day Tour with Snorkel in Whitsundays Island
Great day out! The crew were excellent - entertaining and informative. Got to see plenty of the islands without feeling rushed as well as enough time for a good snorkel in a fantastic spot. Must do if you are looking for a full Whitsundays experience.
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Whitsunday holiday
Emmanuel_V, Oct 2021
Whitsunday Bullet Day Trip - Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling
Awesome experience Pqddle boarding and snorkeling Yummy food Very friend and Not boring staffs Beaches are soo beautiful

Things to Know Before You Go

  • To meet conservation guidelines, facilities are limited on Whitehaven Beach, so bring everything you need with you; restrooms are located at the north and south ends of the beach.

  • There are no umbrellas available at the beach, so be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat, as well as plenty of water.

  • Most Whitsundays Islands cruises are by catamaran, but a motorized raft tour allows you to explore protected areas in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and reach the best snorkelling spots.

  • Some boats and tours are wheelchair accessible, and beach wheelchairs are available to rent.

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How to Get There

Whitehaven Beach is located along the southeastern coast of Whitsunday Island and is accessible only by boat. Most ferries and boat cruises leave from the Port of Airlie at Airlie Beach and take around 1.5 hours, typically stopping at Hamilton Island to pick up passengers along the way.

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When to Get There

The Whitsundays are a year-round destination. The most popular time to visit is during the summer (January and February), when it’s advisable to book tours and accommodation in advance and make an early start to avoid the crowds. Average day temperatures are still 73°F (23°C) in the winter months, so it’s possible to swim and snorkel all year. This is also the time to spot migrating whales along the coast.

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Cruising the Whitsundays Islands

Whitehaven Beach is just one of the many natural wonders of the Whitsundays Islands, and it’s worth choosing a day or multi-day cruise that takes in the surrounding sights. Highlights include sailing across the Whitsunday Passage, snorkelling at Mantaray Bay or Luncheon Bay around Hook Island, spotting koalas and kangaroos at the Wild Life Hamilton Island reserve, and looking out over Hamilton Island from One Tree Hill.

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