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Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

1. Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

Cruise to Whitehaven Beach on this 6-hour cruise. Depart early in the morning on a high-speed vessel for a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands and be the first on the beach. Alternatively, depart later in the day and enjoy a sunset cruise home. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea. Board the Whitehaven vessel for the scenic cruise to the magnificent beach. Your cruise vessel has expansive seating areas inside and out and your skipper will provide an informative commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area. Sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a wine or beer, and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays, starting with views of Passage Peak and the Pentecost Island. The waters of Solway Passage lead you to Whitehaven Beach, a must-see in the Whitsundays. Prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking beauty and vivid white sand of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This uninhabited island is one of Australia's true gems. Wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the sand or cool off in the azure waters. After spending 1.5 to 2 hours at the Southern end of Whitehaven Beach, make the beautiful journey back to Airlie Beach.

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Airlie Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Sparkling Wine

2. Airlie Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Sparkling Wine

Depart from the Coral Sea Marina in the Northern Village, which is only a short walk from the main street of Airlie Beach. You will cruise around Pioneer Bay and then get up close to many of the points of interest along the Airlie Beach coastline. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot turtles on the way, and on Wednesdays you can see the locals on their weekly yacht race. Watch a picture-perfect sunset and observe Airlie start to light up at dusk, whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly.  The Sundowner is a fully covered purpose-built catamaran designed for socializing. Unlike a yacht, it has a flat surface and no trip hazards. There is ample room to move, and high heels are welcome. Plenty of seating is available on board, and every seat has a great view of the Ocean.

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

3. 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.

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Daydream Island: 6-Hour Whitsunday and Whitehaven Cruise

4. Daydream Island: 6-Hour Whitsunday and Whitehaven Cruise

Cruise to Whitehaven Beach, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, on this 6-hour cruise. You will depart early in the morning on a high-speed vessel for a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to be the first on the beach. Alternatively, you can choose to depart later in the day to enjoy a sunset cruise home. Morning tea will be served depending on the option selected. You will board your Whitehaven vessel for a scenic cruise to this magnificent beach. Your cruise vessel has expansive seating areas both inside and out, and your friendly skipper will provide an informative commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area. You will be free to sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a wine or beer, and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays, starting with views of Passage Peak and the imposing Pentecost Island. The waters of Solway Passage will lead you to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, a definite "must see" in the Whitsundays. You can prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking beauty and vivid white sand of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This uninhabited island is one of Australia's true gems. Once there, you can choose to wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the sand, or cool off in the azure waters. You'll spend 1.5 to 2 hours at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach, before making the beautiful journey back to Airlie Beach.

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Whitehaven Beach: Flight and Cruise Tour with Lunch

5. Whitehaven Beach: Flight and Cruise Tour with Lunch

This tour combines a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef with a day tour to Whitehaven Beach for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a buffet lunch and access to a variety of beach activities. Your day at Whitehaven Beach commences with a bus transfer from your local accommodation and a direct cruise from the Port of Airlie on a fast, stable, and modern custom-built catamaran. On arrival to Whitehaven, get access to Whitehaven Beach Club with up to 5 hours of beach time. A buffet lunch will be served on the beach and there will be plenty of free time to explore this pristine part of the world. Choose to take a self-guided walk to South Whitehaven Lookout to enjoy magical views of the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy the flexibility to create your own Whitsundays adventure by choosing up to 2 optional extras: a snorkeling tour or Hill Inlet hike. Later, buckle up for a scenic flight that includes in-flight commentary and a guaranteed window seat that showcases the iconic sights of the Whitsunday Islands with spectacular aerial views of the swirling sands of Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, and the famous Heart Reef.

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Daydream Island: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour

6. Daydream Island: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour

Depart from Daydream Island on a full-day Great Barrier Reef adventure aboard a fully-equipped luxury vessel where you can swim, snorkel, and dive to explore the stunning beauty of the marine fauna below. 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.  Enjoy the vessel’s spacious lounges, full air-conditioning, huge outside view decks and a duo of bars that will gladly serve you your favorite 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 are unrivaled.  Meet hundreds of fish species and admire a variety of hard and soft coral. This makes for unbelievable snorkeling and diving if you wish (if upgrade option selected).  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.  Indulge in a delicious tropical-style buffet lunch and drinks from the bar as you please (at an extra cost). The return journey back to Daydream is a beautiful end to the day.

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Whitehaven Beach: Fly and Cruise Seaplane Package

7. Whitehaven Beach: Fly and Cruise Seaplane Package

Enjoy transport to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, a buffet lunch, a snorkeling tour, and a spectacular seaplane flight over Hill Inlet to the Great Barrier Reef on this fly and cruise seaplane package. After pickup, depart to the Port of Airlie to cruise directly to the famous Whitehaven Beach. The 50 seat fast-cat was purpose-built for the Whitsundays and offers a safe and comfortable ride to Whitehaven Beach. During your time at Whitehaven, get access to all activities and facilities of the Beach Club. Enjoy a buffet lunch on the beach as well as a snorkeling tour of the nearby fringe coral reefs. Board the seaplane at Whitehaven for the highlight of the day: a scenic 40-minute flight that takes you to the Great Barrier Reef. Buckle up and enjoy aerial views of the Whitsunday Islands and Hill Inlet with its swirling white sands. Fly out to the Great Barrier Reef to see the iconic Heart Reef.

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Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Full-Day Snorkeling Trip by Boat

8. Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Full-Day Snorkeling Trip by Boat

Explore the Whitsundays from the deck of a boat, then strap on your snorkeling gear and dive into the water. Immerse yourself in the stunning views of this acclaimed destination and enjoy delicious food onboard. Depart from Airlie Beach set sail to the sheltered Butterfly Bay. Enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling as you explore the spectacular corals. Kick back and relax on the deck of the boat and soak up the sun rays. Take in the views win between dips into the crystal-clear waters. Feast on local produce freshly prepared by the crew. The food includes fresh cuts of meat, salads, breads, tropical fruit, dips, crackers, and more.

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What people are saying about Whitsunday Regional

Great tour of the islands while travelling to Whitehaven Beach, nice to see the places you read about. Whitehaven Beach lives up to all the hype and more, we had a good couple of hours in the water which was just unbelievable, couldn't believe the fish that swim up to you. Will most definitely be returning

The tour from red cat adventures to Whitehaven beach and snorkelling locations was a memorable and enjoyable experience. The boat was comfortable and thrilling and the crew made the experience extra special. The food was delicious and the sights were so beautiful!

JJ and Maddy were very friendly throughout the tour. Saw some really pretty and colourful corals, cute and big fish. The trip was very organised. Definitely would recommend

The tour guides were hilarious and made the trip really entertaining! Bubbles, music and a gorgeous sunset, couldn't ask for anything more:)

It was an amazing day and the tour guides were lovely!