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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

  • Stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands aboard a high-speed catamaran
  • Free time at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island
  • Choice of self-guided or small-group guided tour
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
From US$135.87
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Self-Guided - Hamilton AMMost Popular
Depart Port of Airlie at 8am. Visit Hamilton Island in the morning and Whitehaven Beach in the afternoon. Enjoy a pub lunch at Marina Tavern. Return to Port of Airlie at 6:20pm
From US$135.87
Self-Guided - Whitehaven AM
Depart Port of Airlie at 7am. Visit Whitehaven Beach in the morning and Hamilton Island in the afternoon. Enjoy a pub lunch at Marina Tavern. Return to Port of Airlie at 6:10pm
From US$150.56
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, and sightseeing on a guided or self-guided tour, and enjoy lunch (not included) at a waterfront restaurant.
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.

If you’ve chosen the guided tour option, make your first stop at 4-mile (7-kilometer) Whitehaven Beach and enjoy dramatic views of one of Australia’s most photographed beaches. Follow your guide on a bushwalk along the Solway Circuit, stopping at some impressive viewpoints along the way, then return to the beach where you’ll have free time to swim, sunbathe, or play some beach games.

If you’ve chosen to visit on a self-guided tour, 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 either the Manta Ray Café (guided tour participants) or the Marina Tavern (self-guided tour participants) overlooking the marina. (Lunch is at own expense)

Spend the afternoon exploring Hamilton—the largest island resort in the South Pacific—either with or without your guide. 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 the Whitsundays, board your boat for the return journey and end your tour back at Airlie Beach.

Reviews (54)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Cruise

Take the cruise with Hamilton Island as the first destination. Take the Blue bus tour to see the entire island and then lunch there before going to Whitehaven beach.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank William M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Beautiful tour

Great tour to one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Hamilton Island completes the feeling of being in a little paradise. Thank you. I like it T

Thank T8001
CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Cruise Whitsundays, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi T, thanks for your review. We agree with you on both points! We're glad you enjoyed our piece of paradise.

Reviewed 14 October 2018

When we booked this outing the agent at Whitsunday cruises talked us into changing from Friday to Saturday as “weather would be better”, she got that wrong. Weather was overcast and drizzling rain most of the time we were on the beach.sand remarkable and toilet...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank PatriciaF639
Reviewed 21 September 2018
A perfect day

Would definitely recommend going to Whitehaven beach first as we had the beach to ourselves. So idyllic with soft white sand and the color of the water magical. Our next stop Hamilton island was quite busy but we enjoyed our lunch at the Marina tavern...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Franca T
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile
Great way to get a feel of Hamilton Island

We did the self guided tour with our kids. Got off the boat and on to the free bus near the ice cream shop and went to the first resort. We swam at the beach and in the resorts pool. The included lunch at the...More

1  Thank Brisvegas_Travellers
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8 December 2018|
Response from PatriciaF639 | Reviewed this property |
The boat carries a lot of people maybe 150, there are seats for everyone, toilets on board and light refreshments served on return trip. Not much seating at Whitehaven beach however.
3 July 2018|
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Response from pareyg | Reviewed this property |
Unguided is fine. Island isnt that big so, go at your own pace and enjoy it.