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Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

From US$ 132.31 per person

Take a boat ride to the best snorkeling locations in the Whitsunday Islands. Travel on the area's fastest catamaran on a climate action leading tour.

About this tour

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Exact pickup times for each accommodation are provided on the voucher. The local partner will confirm your pickup address and time the day before your tour. Please be ready to leave at the time indicated. The bus cannot wait if you miss the pickup time.
Small group available

The Original experience

Highlights
  • Visit Whitehaven beach on this tour accredited as "Climate Action Leading"
  • Travel on a fast, comfortable, and stable custom-built boat
  • Go snorkeling to discover underwater valleys, marine life, and coral formations
  • Enjoy a guided bush walk to the breathtaking Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Refuel with a generous buffet lunch, along with a morning and afternoon snack
Full description

After pickup from your accommodation, head to the marina in Airlie Beach by bus. Board the custom-built catamaran and enjoy fresh, homemade, gluten-free brownies as a morning snack.

The first stop is at one of the area's many beautiful reefs to go snorkeling. Be blown away by the vivid colors, bountiful fish, and coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef's outer fringes. This spot offers a quieter way to experience the UNESCO-protected reef.

Then, head to the second snorkeling spot on the northern tip of Hook Island. With your guide, discover the area's underwater valleys, caves, and a variety of marine life.

Continue to Whitehaven Beach for a buffet lunch of zucchini frittatas and quiche lorraine served with cold sliced meats, cheeses, salad, and fresh bread.

After lunch, join a guided bush walk and history talk to Hill Inlet Lookout, located at the northern end of the beach. Admire the world-famous spot where white sands and turquoise waters blend in a unique swirling effect.

Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach and soak up the scenery. An afternoon snack of fresh fruit will be provided before the scenic journey back to Airlie Beach by boat. Be dropped back at your accommodation at approximately 5:00 PM.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by bus
  • Return bus transfers from Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, or Jubilee Pocket
  • Full-day cruise
  • Morning snack
  • Afternoon snack
  • Lunch
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Stinger suit hire and wetsuit hire (winter months only)
  • Park fees and fuel levy
  • Alcohol
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Plastic bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is suitable for families, couples, and groups
  • There is an onboard toilet for your convenience
  • Please contact the local partner directly to inform them in advance of any dietary requirements or allergies
  • Feel free to bring your own alcohol to consume on the boat. However, glass and red wine are not permitted
  • Soft drinks and water can be purchased for $3 on the boat
  • The order of locations visited may change from day to day depending on the tides and wind
  • Your crew will select the best snorkeling locations based on weather and visibility conditions
  • The boat has been designed for stability and speed, so is perfect for passengers who are concerned about seasickness
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 311 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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The Thundercat was a really comfortable boat and the guides were very friendly and knowledgable, the music that played during the cruise was perfect for the activity. The Whitehaven Beach lookout stop could have been a little shorter and more time spent snorkelling. The lunch provided was well organised and catered for all diets, with plenty of food to go around. Overall the experience was fantastic, it was a great day on the water, I would definitely recommend it.

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October 26, 2021

Such a great tour! it was rainy when we went but cleared up by the time we snorkelled & it was still such a great time! 10/10 recommend this tour if you’re visiting Airlie Beach ! I swam with hundreds of fish & Maori Wrasse & Giant Travelly! it was amazing

August 27, 2021

I can mega recommend the tour. We went to the viewing platform right at the beginning, where you can see the beautiful water. Immediately afterwards we went to Whitehaven Beach for an hour, beautiful and heavenly. Then we went into the boat where there was buffet lunch which tasted really good. The crew was super nice and the snorkeling was beautiful. They're really looking for the best places for you depending on the conditions. Thank you for the beautiful day. :)

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September 13, 2019

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