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Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

Activity provider: Cruise Whitsundays

Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

Activity provider: Cruise Whitsundays
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From US$ 84.85 per person

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Choose a morning or afternoon departure for a 6-hour Whitsunday Islands cruise. Glide through some of the Whitsundays’ remote areas, bays, and islands.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Swim in crystal clear blue waters
  • Visit Whitehaven beach- rated the most incredible beach in Australia
  • Cruise to remote areas of the Whitsundays across azure waters
  • Choose either a morning or afternoon departure
Full description

Cruise to Whitehaven Beach on this 6-hour cruise. Depart early in the morning on a high-speed vessel for a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands and be the first on the beach. Alternatively, depart later in the day and enjoy a sunset cruise home.

Enjoy morning or afternoon tea. Board the Whitehaven vessel for the scenic cruise to the magnificent beach. Your cruise vessel has expansive seating areas inside and out and your skipper will provide an informative commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area.

Sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a wine or beer, and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays, starting with views of Passage Peak and the Pentecost Island. The waters of Solway Passage lead you to Whitehaven Beach, a must-see in the Whitsundays.

Prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking beauty and vivid white sand of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This uninhabited island is one of Australia's true gems. Wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the sand or cool off in the azure waters.

After spending some time at the Southern end of Whitehaven Beach, make the beautiful journey back to Airlie Beach.

  • 6-hour cruise
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at 'Cruise Whitsundays,' at the Port of Airlie on Airlie Beach.

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What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • Be sure to bring swimwear, a towel, protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen lotion, a light jacket/sweater for windy or cool days, a camera and money or a credit card for optional purchases
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 462 reviews

Review summary

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I didn't feel we were taken to the section of Whitehaven as shown on numerous advertisements. You know the one at Hill Inlet. It always looks so pristine. The beach we were dropped at could have been anywhere. The sand was an equal mix of sand and detritus. Not easy to avoid sharp pieces with every step.

November 27, 2022

Parking is expensive, cost us $16.40 to cover the time of the excursion. Staff at check-in were very good and greeters did their job. Pretty good interaction with boat staff, given that they have to do the same thing every day. Whitehaven at high tide is excellent, although the service tent didn't have mask and snorkels available. There's only sand but many big fish to see as they wait for the feeding time. Maybe take your own. As we lined up at the end of the beach time to get on the transfer craft, they started cooking burger patties on a big BBQ, don't know who for, but putting all of us hungry travellers to that aroma was cruel as we were close and downwind. At the fish feeding time, it's best to be in the deepest water part of the circle of people around the feeding guy. Value for money? Well $125 pp is a bit much I think as they get a lot of bums on seats, so they rake a lot in. I estimate their gross income per trip must be around $10,000, could lower it a bit.

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October 9, 2022

An absolutely breathtaking experience that you must do when visiting Airlie Beach. We'd heard that Whitehaven Beach was beautiful but you have to see it for yourself to truly appreciate it's beauty! It provides excellent value for money and the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us. From the complimentary tea and coffee throughout the entire trip, morning tea including fresh melon, oranges and cakes, the free use of stinger suits and the setting up of beach HQ were free beach toys were provided for our 2 hour stay to the landing craft getting it's passengers to and from the beach to ship, it was brilliantly organised and orchestrated. A must do

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July 7, 2022

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