See the absolute best of the best!

Walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout, chill out on Whitehaven Beach and explore the beautiful Chance Bay. What an amazing day out. This day cruise allows you to spend more time exploring the wonders of Whitehaven Beach than 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. It is the most photographed beach in Australia and repeatedly voted one of the best beaches in the world.


Spend the whole day experiencing all the wonders of the magnificent Whitehaven Beach area. Indulge in the ultimate experience of Whitehaven Beach; from the Northern end exploring the spectacular Hill Inlet, to the Southern – swimming, hiking, sunbathing, soaking 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 day’s activities – including the trip to Hill Inlet at the Northern end of the beach and the walking tours. These will vary depending on conditions.

Enjoy a leisurely cruise, in our smaller Whitehaven based vessel, along the full length of Whitehaven and across Hill Inlet to the 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.

On return to the Southern end, your guide will let you know what time the departure for the walk to Solway Circuit and Chance Bay.

The Guided Bushwalk to Solway Circuit Lookout (1.2km) is approximately 30 minutes walking at a steady pace, regularly stopping for commentary and picture perfect moments. Walk past impressive grasstrees, cycads and rock fern, with beautiful views over Solway Passage, Pentecost and Haslewood islands.

Once at Solway Circuit, there is the option to continue on the walk to beautiful Chance Bay (6km return) and is a leisurely 90 minutes return. Walk through Whitsunday Island’s forest and woodlands to a secluded beach at Chance Bay. On arrival, you’ll have time to have a swim before the return walk.

If you’re after the relaxing option; wander back to Whitehaven Beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the beach or cool off in the azure waters for the afternoon.

Cruise staff will have water, beach shades and beach game items on shore for your use throughout the day. Toilet facilities are located close by. A delicious lunch is included for you to enjoy on the beach. Cold drinks will be available on the beach, just purchase your vouchers on the boat before disembarking. Full day guests will travel out on the morning half day cruise vessel and then return on the afternoon day vessel. A Cruise Whitsundays’ host/guide will remain with the full day guests throughout the day and can provide informative commentary. Your day cruise vessel has air conditioned interior saloons and seating areas outside.

Please note: To keep Whitehaven Beach pristine and untouched there are no shops, cafes and only limited toilet facilities. Snacks are available for purchase on board. Please prepare accordingly. Cruise Whitsundays is enhancing its products with additional experiences in place of the usual snorkelling activity.

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 a gourmet burger served on the beach with side salads. Morning and afternoon tea is served on board with complimentary tea and coffee.


**Please note this tour does not currently stop at Daydream Island



Daily Departure & Return Times

Port of Airlie 7:15 AM 6:10 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. All tours from Port of Airlie will stop at Hamilton Island to drop off and collect guests.
Some tours will require a change in vessel for connection to Whitehaven Beach vessel.


The following prices are per person

   From 1 April 2018

From 1 April 2019

Adult $229 $229
Child (4 - 14) $119 $119

Due to the length and activity during the day this cruise is unsuitable for infants.

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

Adult $14.50
Child (4 - 14) $7.50
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 non refundable credit card surcharge fee of 1.42% (Mastercard & Visa), 1.1% (WeChat Pay), 2.8% (Amex), 2% (China Union Pay) or 1.54% (Alipay) applies to all bookings. This fee is not included if payment is made via POLi.