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

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

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.

Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

2. Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

Take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bushwalk as you embark on the perfect Whitehaven Beach tour, visiting both ends of the world-famous beach. Climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays as you depart from Airlie Beach. Experience a fun ride, adventure, and education on super fast semi-rigid inflatable vessels capable of speeds of up to 35 knots (65 kilometers per hour). Select the North Whitehaven option for an eco-adventure popular amongst avid snorkellers. This includes two different snorkel destinations, a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Select the South Whitehaven option for more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the white silica sand, and a guided walk to Hill Inlet for breathtaking views of the tropical waters. Snorkel for over an hour amid corals and fringing reefs. Either way, enjoy the only tour in the Whitsundays to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches at Whitehaven. And have peace of mind by traveling with an advanced ecotourism-certified, climate change business and green travel leader.

Airlie Beach: Full-Day Whitehaven Beach & Islands Boat Tour

3. Airlie Beach: Full-Day Whitehaven Beach & Islands Boat Tour

Enjoy a Whitehaven Islands cruise on an air-conditioned catamaran from Airlie Beach. Cross the Whitsunday passage into Cid Harbor and travel through the Hook Passage. Drop anchor at Tongue Point and visit Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. Depart from Shute Harbour in the morning and cruise through the Molle group of islands. Once you cross the Whitsunday passage, enter into Cid Harbour and learn its historic role in the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Go through Hook Passage, which harbors hundreds of thousands of ships every year. Stop at Tongue Point to enjoy a guided tour of Hill Inlet, known for its bushwalks and stunning views.  Sail thorugh Whitehaven Bay to explore Whitehaven Beach, famous for its silica white sand and crystal clear waters. Swim, sunbathe, and relax before heading back through the Whitsunday Islands.  Climb up onto the observation deck and take in panoramic views. Enjoy morning tea, lunch, a pay bar throughout the duration of the tour, and an onboard commentary. 

From Airlie Beach: 60-Minute Whitsundays Scenic Flight

4. From Airlie Beach: 60-Minute Whitsundays Scenic Flight

Delight in a 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the big window views from your comfortable fixed-wing aircraft, and learn all about the area with your experienced pilot's expert commentary. After pickup from your accommodation in Airlie Beach, head to the nearby airport for take-off. Unlike flights offered by other companies in the area, the local partner is able to take-off from much closer to Airlie Beach, saving you the long 40-minute travel time. Once up in the air, marvel at the best bird's-eye views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands. Fly over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations Heart Reef. After you land, transfer back to your accommodation in Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach: Full-Day Sail to Whitehaven and Snorkeling

5. Airlie Beach: Full-Day Sail to Whitehaven and Snorkeling

Jump on board a classic 62-ft gaff-rigged schooner and feel the breeze as you sail across to Whitehaven. Help out to pull up the sails or relax in the sunshine on the deck. Enjoy some morning tea with home-baked chocolate brownies. Sail across the Whitsunday Passage and take a leisurely pace towards Tongue Bay. Look out for turtles swimming through the warm water. Anchor close to shore and walk up to Hill Inlet. Take in the views of the white sands and turquoise waters of Whitehaven Beach and discover why it’s been voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world. Head back to the boat for a picnic lunch of wraps and homemade frittata. Set sail again and continue to the snorkeling spot on the fringing reef. Savor a refreshing fruit platter in the afternoon and perhaps buy a cocktail from the onboard bar.

From Airlie Beach: 2-Day Whitsundays Sailing & Camping Trip

6. From Airlie Beach: 2-Day Whitsundays Sailing & Camping Trip

Discover the best of the Whitsunday Islands on this 2-day sail from Airlie Beach. Enjoy captivating snorkel excursions each day, visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed islands, and explore the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit locations such as Whitehaven Beach, Hook Island, Hayman Island, Border Island, and Whitsunday Island. Stop to snorkel at Luncheon Bay, Caves Cove, and Blue Pearl Bay. Sleep on a spacious maxi yacht on the first night and camp on one of the islands surrounding the Whitsundays on the second night. Help assist the crew by hoisting the mainsail and dropping anchor at each exciting destination. Alternatively, sit back and relax on the spacious deck and enjoy the view of the pristine Whitsunday Islands. Every evening, roll up your sleeves and help the crew prepare mouth-watering specialties like beef stew, spaghetti bolognese, fresh bread, green salad, pasta salads, and much more. Or, position yourself at the ship’s prow where you can watch the sky change from yellow to magenta as the sun sets.

Airlie Beach: Outer Great Barrier Reef ReefWorld Pontoon

7. Airlie Beach: Outer Great Barrier Reef ReefWorld Pontoon

Departing from Airlie Beach, cruise through the Whitsundays on a high-speed, luxury vessel. Enjoy morning tea as you pass by deserted islands, secluded bays and beaches en route to the outer Great Barrier Reef. The vessel features spacious lounges, full air-conditioning, huge outside view decks and a duo of bars that will gladly serve you your favourite refreshment, including both alcohol and soft drinks. Arrive at the permanently-moored, spacious and innovative pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The water quality and diverse marine life is unrivalled. Meet hundreds of fish species and admire a variety of hard and soft coral. This makes for unbelievable snorkelling and diving if you wish (at an extra cost on the day). Spend the time as you please: make use of the undercover seating and tables, sun decks to top up your tan, freshwater showers and changing rooms. Visit the underwater chamber if you prefer to see the underwater world below without getting wet. Take a ride on a semi-submersible boat. Optional extras also include scuba dives and scenic helicopter flights. Indulge in a delicious tropical-style buffet lunch and drinks from the bar as you please (extra cost). The return journey back to Airlie is a beautiful end to the day.

From Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach Club Cruise

8. From Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach Club Cruise

Travel directly to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach on a 50-seat fast-cat that was purpose-built for the Whitsundays and offers a stable and comfortable ride direct to Whitehaven. On arrival, you will have access to complementary equipment and activities including stand-up paddle boards, volleyball, sun umbrellas, and beach games. With up to 5 hours of beach time, you can make the most of your day by exploring or just relaxing. Take a self-guided walk to South Whitehaven Lookout with magical views of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Fly and Cruise Helicopter Tour

9. Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Fly and Cruise Helicopter Tour

Enjoy transportation to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, a buffet lunch, a snorkeling tour, and a spectacular helicopter flight over Hill Inlet and the Whitsunday Islands on this fly and cruise helicopter combo tour. After pickup, cruise through the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday Islands to reach the beach club. Access all of the club's facilities and activities, including a buffet lunch. Soak up the sun on the beach or take a stroll to South Whitehaven Lookout. Later, board the helicopter for a scenic helicopter flight with a guaranteed window seat. Fly over Whitehaven Beach and the iconic Hill Inlet. Admire views of the swirling white sands contrasting against the turquoise waters of the inlet. Finally, take part in an optional snorkel tour. Snorkel amongst an expansive range of coral, fish species as well as sea turtles, manta rays, and plenty of other marine life.

Airlie: Adventure Jet Ski Tour From Airlie Beach

10. Airlie: Adventure Jet Ski Tour From Airlie Beach

Get your adrenaline rushing with a 1.5-hour jet ski adventure from Airlie Beach. Delight in the informative and entertaining commentary provided by your qualified tour guide, and spot sea turtles in the turquoise waters. Depart from Airlie Beach and drive your latest model Sea-Doo jet ski out to view the Whitsunday Islands from the protection of the coastline. Explore Airlie's beautiful bays and the picturesque world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Keep your eye out for the area's famous turtles, as well as dugongs, seabirds, and seasonal humpback whales from July to September. Take home memories of your experience with free of charge photos provided on Facebook after your tour. No license is required for this tour, and no experience is necessary.

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What people are saying about Whitsunday Islands

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

We have done a Whitehaven Tour with other companies before but GSL have by far been the most engaging, friendly & accommodating boat crew! Which makes a huge difference when we have our young family with us (7 month old baby & 2 year old toddler). Also helps that the boat is pram friendly! Joel specifically was fantastic! Helped save me from a wild lizard (I’m dramatic but also terrified of all things in the wild) Will 100% recommend you guys to family & friends and we will always travel GSL!

Best experience ever! FRIGGIN AMAZING!! Very professional, but also alot of fun. Great tunes, awesome guide. Definitely doing it again, and again, and probably again

Had a great time, but keep in mind that if you choose to snorkel and do the helicopter, you’ll get almost no time to relax/hike on the beach.

Excellent service saw whales,dolphins, and the island views were spectacular. Highly recommend

Very amazing experience. Felt very comfortable & happy.