Airlie Beach

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

Airlie Beach, Australia

From USD 95.30

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  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Set out on a half-day catamaran tour to stunning Whitehaven Beach for swimming at this postcard–perfect slice of paradise. Considered one of the world's top beaches and the most beautiful one in the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach is a must-see in the Great Barrier Reef region. Travel in comfort from Port Airlie on a motorized catamaran with air-conditioning. Morning or afternoon tea is provided on board and your crew supplies beach activities and informative commentary along the way.
  • Half-day tour to Whitehaven Beach aboard a high-speed catamaran, from Port Airlie
  • Enjoy relaxing on the pure white sand of Whitehaven Beach
  • Capture great photo ops of the stunning beach
  • Refuel with complimentary tea and coffee
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departures

What's Included

  • 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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What To Expect

From Port Airlie, step aboard your deluxe catamaran for your half-day cruise to Whitehaven Beach, one of the highlights of the Great Barrier Reef and a top natural attractions in the Whitsundays.

Soak up the scenery as you cruise in style on an air-conditioned catamaran that speeds over the ocean to Whitehaven Beach, a stretch of five miles (seven kilometers) of gorgeous white–sand beach with turquoise water lapping at the shore. Whitehaven Beach is located on the largest island in the region, Whitsunday Island. The fully protected and uninhabited island shelters various turtle species along with an astounding variety of colorful fish and other marine life. Have time to swim, take a leisurely walk or simply relax on this stunning beach.

Enjoy morning or afternoon tea served on board your boat, then return to Port Airlie at the end of a divine visit to this island paradise.

Cruise Whitsundays

Check in at Port of Airlie for your cruise to Whitehaven Beach

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Whitehaven Beach

Spend 1.5-2hours on one of the most famous beaches in the world!

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Snacks available to purchase
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 240 travellers
Operated by Cruise Whitsundays

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    There were all sorts of activities available like paddle boards at no extra cost.
    Stinger suits needed in the water all provided the beach is just paradise thank you for a great morning
    272 reviews
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    Amazing cruise to Whitehaven beach!
    Carmen_A, Mar 2023
    Organized and beautiful! Staff was very friendly and welcoming! Cruise was smooth and nice seating space. Highly recommend this trip!
    Missed trip
    Kara_M, Mar 2023
    This is nothing against cruise Whitsundays as they were as helpful as they could be. We missed our half day tour due to Viator having the wrong departure location on their website! We showed a person at cruise Whitsundays and they agreed it was the wrong location. We also spoke to a customer service agent from Viator and she agreed the coordinates are wrong too. Would imagine trip was great if we could go on it. But definitely would not recommend booking through Viator unless you want to miss your trip you paid $$$ for.
    Shaday_d, Jan 2023
    We were recommended by so many friends that you had to go to Whitehaven if you’re in Airlie. The half day trip was perfect. We left at 11:30am and got to our location at around 2. The beach was beyond anything I could ever explain. It was so beautiful. I do wish there was only a small group to be allowed on the beach at once to give it more of the hidden beach vibes. But it really was beautiful. Chrystal clear blue waters and white white sand. You could see the little schools of fish swimming around.
    Starved and bored
    Alexandra_A, Nov 2022
    Well we weren’t informed that there wouldn’t be any food after we left port of Airlie so starved for 6 hours. They only had alcohol for sale which is ridiculous. There wasn’t any food? The trip isn’t very baby or disabled friendly. I was with both. When we got back on to head back they had snacks on board but unfortunately the salami was super spicy and couldn’t even eat it
    Worst agent of any tour.
    Roger_W, Nov 2022
    We received the wrong pick up and meeting point information. We almost miss the cruise. The wrong information also cause me lost the second booking of the scenic flight. The company rejected to refund us. I am trying to find the the legal way to get back my money.
    The place was amazing, we...
    Rachelle_N, Nov 2022
    The place was amazing, we did a half day trip but were disappointed with the lack of food and water. A little warning to bring food and drinks would have been good.
    Great white sandy beach - unfortunate that you cannot swim there
    Isabelle_K, Nov 2022
    Beautiful scenery, great hike, lovely sandy beach with turquoise water but you only have 2,5 hrs on the island and you cannot swim without a full body suit
    Big dissatisfaction
    Tibor_V, Oct 2022
    I would call it ferry services. We spent 1 hour and 30 minutes on the beach only. That’s not enough to enjoy Whitehaven. Waste of time and money. We didn’t enjoy that day at all. No more world to say.
    Would not book again
    Teagan_C, Oct 2022
    Would not book through Viator again, we’re awful to deal with, we are on our honeymoon and called to ask a few questions and possibly change about our booking and they were not helpful, book direct with Whitsundays instead, cheaper deals. Also am Aus and was charged US dollars? Whitehaven trip itself was great, not Viator.
    How well organised it...
    Paul_H, Sept 2022
    How well organised it was.Well priced including refreshments. Afternoon tea was really good and plentyfull. Suggest you purchase tje drinks packsge grezt value
    Whitehaven Beach Half Day Tour
    Gregory_d, Sept 2022
    Departure was advised for 11.00am but left at 11.35am travelling both to and from DayDream Island and Hamilton Island which was not part of the published brochure. My understanding was that the trip to Whitehaven was for half a day visit, leaving at 11.00am and departing around 4.00pm. Instead the boat arrived at Whitehaven around 2.00pm and departed around 3.45pm for Hamilton Island to drop off daytrippers and then stopped at Daydream Island for another pickup and drop off. Arrived back at Port of Airlie around 6.15pm. Brochure needs updating or stick with your published schedule or at least advise that this is an inter island ferry serice stopping and returning to DayDream Island and Hamilton Island with around a 2 hr stopover at Whitehaven Beach. Quite dissapointed overall. Not what I had expected after reading the promotional material about the half day trip to Whitehaven Beach.
    Beautiful beach with...
    Rhys_P, Sept 2022
    Beautiful beach with stunning waters. Try to go at off season. The weather was incredible with shining sun and sand
    It was excellent experience
    Tsungai_C, Aug 2022
    It was our 34th wedding anniversary so yes the cruise to Whitehaven beach was exciting and having photos at the beach was fantastic.
    Priyanka_P, Aug 2022
    Great, relaxing day out on this pristine sandy beach. Lots of beach activities for kids and treks for some great views.
    Viator advertised approx...
    Sioux_M, July 2022
    Viator advertised approx $83 per person. I paid $250 for 2 people. Angry before we started. It is only 2 hrs on the beach but you don't go to the entrance where all the beautiful postcard shots are taken.
    Overall a great day. Only...
    Megan_B, June 2022
    Overall a great day. Only downside was being told the departure time was 645 when it was 715 and that the website said the cafe and terminal opened at 615 when it was 645. A little hard with small children.
    Best beach in AU
    Valerie_Z, May 2022
    Great trip, smooth sand, beautiful beach, nice weather, best crews. Joyful temperature of the water for a good swim
    My Happy Place
    NadiaGallagher, May 2022
    Stunning beach. Leaves you breathless. The crew were absolutely fantastic, every single one of them. Highly recommend this trip.
    Outstanding service
    Zoljargal_P, May 2022
    Reality was way over than expectations. plus those extra services on the beach made it excellent. Team effort was best
    Lovely family trip
    Kylie_V, May 2022
    It wasn't the best weather for our trip. But it was still enjoyable. The boat is very comfortable. It takes about 2 hrs to get too and from. The crew are lovely and really take care of everyone. We really enjoyed ourselves