See the absolute best of the best!

Walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout, chill out on Whitehaven Beach, go snorkelling and exploring. What an amazing day out! This day cruise allows you to spend more time exploring the wonders of Whitehaven Beach that any other cruise.

About Whitehaven

Whitehaven Beach is a definite 'must see' in the Whitsundays. The crystal clear waters and pristine white silica sand of Whitehaven stretch for over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Whitehaven is nature at it's best and is the most photographed beach in Australia and repeatedly voted one of the best beaches in the world!


Indulge in the ultimate experience of Whitehaven Beach; from the northern end exploring spectacular Hill Inlet, to the southern, where you can swim, sunbathe and soak up the sun. No other day cruise offered allows you so much time to explore the wonders of Whitehaven Beach!

Begin your Whitehaven experience ashore at the southern end where our crew will advise of the times for the days activities, including the trip to Hill Inlet and a snorkelling trip. These will vary depending on weather conditions.

Enjoy a leisurely cruise in our Whitehaven-based vessel, along the full length of Whitehaven, across Hill Inlet to a landing point. From here a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday traditional owners, the Ngaro people, will lead you to the lookout and that picture postcard view! There are informative displays along the way that will provide an insight into the history, flora and stories of this picturesque area. A leisurely pace ensures all fitness levels are catered for, and guests take the time to enjoy this superb spiritual place. However as this day cruise involves physical activity children under the age of 4 will not be accepted for their own safety.  

If sea conditions permit, we will cross to nearby Esk Island, a delightfully scenic island that is rarely visited. If the tide is right, there is a small reef area to snorkel.

On return to the southern end of Whitehaven you may choose to enjoy some other walks, wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the beach or cool off in the azure waters.

Our cruise staff will have cool drinks available for purchase. Water, beach umbrellas and beach game items will be available at the southern end of the beach for you to use throughout the day. Bathroom facilities are located close by.

The cruise vessel

Being on the full day cruise, you will travel out to Whitehaven on the morning vessel and then return on the afternoon cruise vessel. A Cruise Whitsundays' guide remains with you throughout the day and can provide informative commentary on the area. Your day cruise vessel has air conditioned interior saloons and seating areas outside. It also has a boarding ramp allowing direct easy access on and off the beach.

Food & Drink

The day cruise includes lunch which is now a picnic lunch hamper that includes a wrap, yogurt, cookie and water. Our cruise staff will also have sandwiches, snacks and a range of soft drinks, beer, wines and mixers available for purchase onboard.



Daily Departure & Return Times

Port of Airlie 7:00 AM 6:20 PM
Hamilton Island 8:20 AM 5:00 PM

COACH TRANSFERS to Port of Airlie are available at an additional cost. NOTE: Schedule changes may occur. Where a Day Cruise is cancelled we will send notification to the contact details provided at the time of your booking. Itinerary is subject to prevailing weather and sea conditions including tides, wind, swell, sun and rain. The vessel's Master must at his discretion determine the most appropriate course to ensure acceptable levels of safety and comfort for passengers, crew and other vessels.


The following prices are per person

  For travel from 1 April 2017
Adult $220
Child (4 - 14) $110

Included in the price is lunch, afternoon tea, full use of beach and snorkelling gear and protective stinger suits.

COACH TRANSFERS TO PORT OF AIRLIE  For travel from 1 April 2017
Adult $14
Child (4 - 14) $7
NOTE: most Airlie accommodation is within walking distance to Port of Airlie. Coach transfers are however an option. 

Prices are in AUD and per person. Please note a online administration fee of 1.5% (Mastercard, Visa and Debit Card) and 2.8% (Amex, China Union Pay) applies to all bookings. This fee is not included if payment is made via POLi.