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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises provided by Cruise Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

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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.
You’ll have 3 starting options
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    Cruise Whitsundays
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Whitehaven Beach
    Stop: 2 hours -
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  • 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
What to Expect
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.
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Departure Point
Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia Hamilton Island, Whitsundays QLD, Australia Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Island cruise a large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Morning or afternoon tea on board vessel
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef tax)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified (snacks and drinks available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Snacks available to purchase
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
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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AnitaMcM wrote a review 11 Sep
Brisbane, Australia587 contributions26 helpful votes
The cruise was just as exciting as Whitehaven Beach itself. We were so lucky to witness humpback whales during their migration, while we were cruising. Our tour was included as part of a Daydream Island package, and so we departed from Daydream. The cruise took us to Hamilton
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Date of experience: August 2020
Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Public Relations Manager at Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
Responded 3 days ago
This time of year is a great opportunity to see whales migrating, such an amazing sight to see. Glad you got to experience their beauty and grace.
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blinkybillWhistler wrote a review Aug 2020
Brisbane, Australia950 contributions62 helpful votes
We booked through a third party with Cruise Whitsundays (Ozexperiences has a discount for RACQ club members - Queensland automobile club) so there was not much on their website about this half day trip, just a mention of 2 hours at Whitehaven beach and pick up from Hamilton
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Evelyn B wrote a review Aug 2020
Charters Towers, Queensland Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
My favorite part with my experience is being able to walk on the beach at whitehaven. The sand is just awesome it feels like salt.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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John S wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Received the wrong departure time on our confirmation email. Had to return to Bowen and reschedule for another day.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Jacqui K wrote a review Apr 2020
Rainhill, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked the half day tour disappointed stated a drink on board going out to hamilton island. No drinks where served .Got stinger suits luckily we took some water as you get dropped on a very hot beach with no facilities except porta loos .Then a scary transfer back to boat off
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Customer Service and Sales Manager at Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
Responded 22 Apr 2020
Hi Jacqui, Thank you for your review. Cruise Whitsundays offer inclusive soft drink, beer and wine on our Whitehaven Beach half day afternoon tour. Once the vessel has departed Hamilton Island and the safety briefing is complete the skipper advises guests to enjoy a complimentary drink from the bar. Water and soft drink are also available during your time on the beach at the Cruise Whitsundays tent. I am sorry you missed this these announcements during your tour.
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Amazing day
Firstly, the crew was amazing. They were also checking if we wanted any drinks, they were hilarious and very nice!
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One of the BEST days out ⛴🌊💦🤿
What a wonderful experience 🙌🏻 An absolute MUST SEE for anyone whether you are the adventurous type or just want
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Amazing day at sea 🌊
From the moment we set foot on the Camira we knew we were going to have a fun day - the staff are hilarious 🤣 Unf
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Highlight of our trip so far
This tour was excellent value for money compared to other tours on offer, for people who really want to see the Gre
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Denise M
A day out yesterday sailing on the Camira was a great experience the weather was terrible however we can’t blame th
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Robyn W
We had a fantastic day onboard the Camira yesterday! The crew made the day sensational even though the weather was
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Amazing day out!
Despite the average weather, we had an awesome experience on the Camira yesterday! The crew were fantastic, friendl
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Helen B
Camira full day sailing
What a fantastic day - this has to be hands down the best all day excursion we have done. We booked the night prio
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Reef Sleep
The trip out to the Hardy Reef is a fair way and you arrive at 11am after a lovely morning tea on board. The return
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An amazing day out
What an amazing trip this is if you wish to experience something different - do it. The crew on the boat and at ree
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Sharon O
What a great way to pend the day! On the 'Camira' we spent a fantastic day, with 20+ winds we were able to go unde
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Fun day
Was an excellent day and the food was exceptional. Most of the crew were fantastic. A couple of negatives were: 1
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Cruise around the islands
Enjoyable cruise to Hamilton and Daydream and back. Boat very comfortable and nice and clean and relaxing. Food an
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Incredible crew & unforgettable day of sailing
Our Camira trip this week was unbelievable, the absolutely perfect way to see the Whitsundays! The crew (Alison, An
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Camira sailing adventure
Amazing day out on Camira sailing adventure worth every dollar spent. Day includes everything. We were provided so
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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