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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises provided by Cruise Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
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Tour snapshot
No-hassle morning or afternoon cruise to Whitehaven Beach
Duration:
5h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
240
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    5h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    240
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3987WHITEHAVEN
Important information
Inclusions
  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Island cruise a large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Morning or afternoon tea on board vessel
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef tax)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified (snacks and drinks available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
5h 30m
Departure details
  • Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
  • Hamilton Island, Whitsundays QLD, Australia
  • Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Snacks available to purchase
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 240 travellers
Inclusions
  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Island cruise a large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Morning or afternoon tea on board vessel
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef tax)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified (snacks and drinks available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
  • Hamilton Island, Whitsundays QLD, Australia
  • Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia
Duration
5h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Snacks available to purchase
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 240 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 17 Nov 2020
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 sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 3 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Cruise Whitsundays
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Whitehaven Beach
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.0
139 reviews
Excellent
66
Very good
27
Average
13
Poor
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Terrible
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DaveJJenk
Hvar, Croatia59 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 6 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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 16 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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 22 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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 30 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bill G
9 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 17 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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 17 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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 10 April 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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 8 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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 12 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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 6 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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 11 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Baiailing
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
Apr 2021
Our experience was mixed. While Whitehaven Beach spectacularly lived up to expectations and we felt privileged to spend time there, the journey on Cruise Whitsundays didn't. "Morning or Afternoon Tea" was advertised however it was minimal & tokenistic and the travelling was 5hrs of the total 6hr experience, including a number of lengthy pick ups / drop offs along the way. Also it would have been great to hear/learn more about the area throughout the journey. Its not a cruise, its a taxi service.

Oh and on a separate trip a day earlier, where Cruise Whitsundays transported us from Hamilton Island to Daydream Island, they neglected to take our luggage off the boat and it sailed onto Airlie Beach and was only returned 3 hours later with no apology. 2 stars.
Written 3 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sam C
2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Very overpriced for what is involved, they also forget to mention in the description online that you make two stops both ways to pick up and drop off people. Felt more like a very over priced rideshare. After seeing many different species of fish at Whitehaven I kindly asked a crew member (with a skeleton and butterfly tattoo) for a pair of goggles or snorkel kit, she abruptly and rudely replied “why? There’s nothing to see.” A simple, “no sorry, we don’t supply equipment” would have sufficed. There was actually many beautiful kinds of young fishies to envision. Felt degraded and stupid. Other than that, the day was perfect.
Written 22 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
I am sorry to read that you were disappointed in your recent Whitsunday Island & Whitehaven Beach Half Day experience. Our highlights & inclusions refer to a scenic cruise through the Whitsundays Island. We are currently reviewing this information and adding extra information to ensure that our experience itinerary is as transparent as it can be for all guests. I have escalated your poor customer service feedback to our Operations Management team to address with the staff member you described. I can only assure you that this is not the customer service that Cruise Whitsundays prides itself on, or expects from our team members.
Written 28 February 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ashleigh G
3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Booked a half day tour and on the day the weather was torrential rain and thunderstorms - this company would not give even a partial refund nor let us rebook for another day. It was unsafe to go out on the reef, and even if it was, the experience would have been abysmal. Disgusting customer service.
Written 29 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
I am sincerely sorry that your visit to the Whitsundays was impacted by wet weather. Cruise Whitsundays continues to offer tours rain or shine. The wet weather in late December was forecast many days in advance and should a request for cancellation been received outside of our 48 hour cancellation fee window a full refund would have been made available. On days like these we do try to be flexible with changes of date provided we have availability to change your date. I strongly suggest for future travel looking at the weather forecast and planning accordingly to prevent disappointment.
Written 11 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AnitaMcM
Brisbane, Australia611 contributions
Aug 2020
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 Island where we collected more passengers, and then on to iconic Whitehaven Beach. The white sand and azure water are simply stunning. We stayed on the beach for two hours (not enough time). Highly recommend half day tour.
Written 12 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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.
Written 16 September 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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This is a must do
What a great day. Trevor, Clayton and the crew ( sorry I can’t remember names) were all great. Easy to talk to and
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Damaging corals
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Sealink cruise was amazing - great crew, great food and all care taken to ensure a memorable trip. Whitehaven beach
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A family day on the reef.
A fantastic way to fill in a day with the family. From the boat trip out to the reef, to all the water activities,
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Great day trip but a few minor things to note...
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raining and windy
half day to whitehaven from hamo on a rainy windy day . To improve this experience , our group was left with only o
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Great Trip . A must do if up at Airlie Beach.
Whitehaven beach in our stinger suits in the pouring rain in 27 degree turquoise sea is a fantastic memory to take
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Wonderful day in paradise
Spent a beautiful day on board Camira. This was the second time I’ve done this tour and the wonderful service was c
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A little overrated
Don't get me wrong, the reef is an amazing place to visit, but this is the second time we've been and not much to s
joe321cba
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Ok but do your research and cancel if wet
We went on a rainy day but the crew did their best. Water warm and sand is white. Worth a visit, My kids all teens
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Did this company just start operating?
Wow! Absolute chaos! Do yourself a favour and don’t book the 8am ferry from Airlie to Hamo or the 5pm ferry back ho
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Once in a lifetime experience
Perfect place to celebrate our 28th Anniversary. From the moment we board the boat to the outer reef to the way bac
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