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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise provided by Cruise Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

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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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    Cruise Whitsundays
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 2
    Hamilton Island Marina
    Stop: 3 hours -
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    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
  • Self-Guided Tour Inclusions:
  • 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 at Marina Tavern
  • 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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cruise timetable subject to change
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
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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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 22 Feb 2020
Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach.
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Tony H wrote a review Feb 2020
Perth, Australia159 contributions40 helpful votes
Cruise from Airlie Beach to the beautiful white sand of Whitehaven beach. Very pleasant stay there for a couple of hours and then back to Hamilton Island for the afternoon. Took buses around the island exploring places and hotels and resorts for the first time. Later in the day
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Date of experience: July 2019
Kathy S wrote a review Jan 2020
Adelaide, Australia13 contributions5 helpful votes
Fantastic tour with Cruise Whitsundays very enjoyable time on Whitehaven beach relaxing walked up to Solway lookout great view.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 12 Jan 2020
Thanks for your review.
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BeckStephenson wrote a review Jan 2020
Brisbane, Australia28 contributions6 helpful votes
We were extremely happy with Cruise Whitsundays. The boat was very comfortable. On the cruise to collect passengers from other islands they provided water, tea, and coffee. Much to the delight of my seven year old son there was also toast and fruit toast if you missed your
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 12 Jan 2020
Thank you for your review Beck. We're glad to hear that everyone enjoyed the day out.
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SideshowMark wrote a review Jan 2020
Moorabbin, Australia17 contributions1 helpful vote
Whitehaven beach is justifiably rated one of the best in the world. Lack of Wi-Fi on the boat was disappointing considering the duration and being dropped on Hamilton island with little information about what's available could have been better.
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About the operator

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The motion of the ocean
Booked the tour in good faith and it turned out to be a rainy and windy day. With waves up to 15-20 knots you could
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Curtis C
Ellie was amazing!
Me and my girlfriend loved the staff on this trip! We went on a cruise from Hamiton Island to Reefworld on 11th Mar
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Jo S
Once in a lifetime experience!
Not sure how anyone could give this experience anything but 5/5 it was perfect in every way. My son and I were luc
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Reef Sleep with Cruise Whitsundays
My partner and I did the Reefsleep experience in early March 2020. A great experience that we would definitely reco
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Amazing & Unmissable Day Experience! Don’t forget your camera and highly recommend the snorkel!
Yesterday my husband and I did the full day tour leaving from Hamilton Island to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. I
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Half day
Was on partners bucket list. The beach was amazing, the weather was perfect. It’s sheltered so the wind wasn’t hars
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Lisa H
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Fabulous day and great value for money. In such difficult times, the crew, Andy, Redman, Alex, Sophie and Casey, m
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Worth the money
When I saw the price I was a bit reticent, even though I got a $50 reduction ‘cos I was staying at the Reef View. I
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Excellent boat company giving you fantastic experiences of seeing the Whitsundays from the sea. Friendly, communica
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An amazing day out to the reef :)
I really enjoyed a day cruise and skornelling at the Hardy Reef. Seen all the amazing marine life corals and fishes
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Great Day on the Reef!
Such a wonderful day spent both on the cruise and once at Hardy’s Reef. The snorkeling was incredible and I got to
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A must do
We loved every second of this trip! The staff, facilities and food were amazing. We can’t wait to go again! Special
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Roy O
A fantastic day out to Whitehaven Beach
The vessel was well-appointed, clean and comfortable with friendly and efficient staff. On the upper deck one could
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wonderful beach
We've been on numerous beaches throughout the world. This one ra is up there with the best. The sand is powdery a
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an undersea garden
This exceeded our expectations. Wonderful snorkeling: a variety of fish, warm water, pride multi-color coral, a re
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