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Whitehaven Beach

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The Basics

A tour of the Whitsundays Islands isn’t complete without a stroll along the silky soft sands of Whitehaven Beach, and most visitors opt to explore on a day trip from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island.

It’s possible to visit on a half-day cruise, while full-day tours offer even more beach time. Tour highlights include the views from the Hill Inlet lookout, snorkelling along pristine coral reefs, or a bushwalk through the surrounding rainforest. For the most spectacular views, experience the natural beauty of Whitehaven Beach from above on a helicopter or seaplane flight.

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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
$122.95 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesomely great
Everything was great hosts lunch and scenery got to snorkel with a friendly turtle awesome day highly recommend
stephen_m, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

Whitehaven beach, the...
Steve_P, May 2022
Whitsunday Bullet Day Trip - Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling
Whitehaven beach, the views, snorkeling, the whole family loved it. The crew were awesome!! Great blokes! 👍🍺
Unforgettable adventure experience
Rey_I, May 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
The Whitehaven Beach is the best white beach and Hamilton Island is awesome for sightseeing and walking adventure.
Amazing day, delicious bbq lunch
Vy_L, Apr 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet | Awesome Beach BBQ | Family Friendly
We had an amazing day at Whitehaven beach and hill inlet. It was so beautiful. The bbq lunch was delicious and the staff were all friendly. Would highly recommend.
Fantastic day to explore the island
Attila_O, Apr 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill
It was an amazing day at the spectacular Whitehaven beach. Gary, our guide, was very knowledgeable and a fun, easy-going person at the same time. He really took care of everything we needed and organized the day wonderfully. We could see every part of the island and had a great beach BBQ with plenty of food. We would recommend this whole-day tour for those who would love to explore the entire island.
Exceptional day
Dilhan_H, May 2022
Whitehaven Beach Day Tour with Snorkel in Whitsundays Island
Our all girl crew to Whitehaven beach were amazing!! Super helpful and friendly. We had an awesome day at the best spot at Whitehaven beach followed by snorkelling the reef. The staff were able to tell us where to snorkel to spot the best fish and turtles. Shoutout to the skipper Fi with her kick ass boat handling skills. So much fun haha! Will definitely use Zig Zag again !
You need to see the Whitsundays from the air !
Karen_C, Dec 2021
Whitehaven Heli Tour
From the beginning to the end of our tour when we were dropped back to our accommodation, the customer service was friendly and informative . The helicopter ride to Whitehaven was fantastic - so exciting ! The whitsunday islands need to be seen from the air. Whitehaven Beach is beautiful. Loved every minute. Big shout out to Travis ( tour guide) Jack ( our pilot ) and Rosie ( tour guide and pilot )!
Must-try experience
Joseph_B, Jun 2022
Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet!
It was a seamless experience from hotel pick up to the scenic flight to the drop off. Ocean rafting was on time and they were kind enough to drop us off to a location we requested after the flight. We felt safe the entire time we had this experience, from safety debriefing and wonderful commentaries. The view from the top was magnificent. Seeing the Great Barrier for a bird’s eye view made me realise why it is a world’s wonder.
Whitehaven beach
Lichun_S, May 2022
Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
Staffs are very nice, the beach is very clean and beautiful, good experience and should come to visit once in our life.
Good experience
sulabha_m, May 2022
Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
Cruise and sand in Whitehaven beach.Had snacks on way back.Good idea as we were hungry.Stingerbduirs were good
Majestic Whitehaven Beach
Brenden_S, Apr 2022
Whitsunday Bullet Day Trip - Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling
Our most memorable part of the bullet trip was when Was Reece gave us the history of Whitehaven Beach and why the sand is so White. Heading to South Whitehaven Beach was a great relaxing way to end the day. We also loved the fact that Luke was so Fun and full of energy to perk up everyone on board. The view from the top lookout down onto Whitehaven was so magical.
Red Cat Awesomeness 💖
Julie_T, Jun 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Awesome crew made our day, the best day in Airlie Beach. Nothing was a bother. Really well organised. A+++
Amazing experience!
Bradley_B, Apr 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Proposing on Whitehaven Beach, and snorkelling with a turtle!! The day was just amazing, the boat trip was great, food was delicious and the people on our boat were great people and we all had plenty of laughs. The crew at Redcat were amazing, shout out to Rahn and Emily our tour guides. Absolute legends of people All in all we will be doing this again 100%
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • To meet conservation guidelines, facilities are limited on Whitehaven Beach, so bring everything you need with you; restrooms are located at the north and south ends of the beach.

  • There are no umbrellas available at the beach, so be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat, as well as plenty of water.

  • Most Whitsundays Islands cruises are by catamaran, but a motorized raft tour allows you to explore protected areas in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and reach the best snorkelling spots.

  • Some boats and tours are wheelchair accessible, and beach wheelchairs are available to rent.

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How to Get There

Whitehaven Beach is located along the southeastern coast of Whitsunday Island and is accessible only by boat. Most ferries and boat cruises leave from the Port of Airlie at Airlie Beach and take around 1.5 hours, typically stopping at Hamilton Island to pick up passengers along the way.

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When to Get There

The Whitsundays are a year-round destination. The most popular time to visit is during the summer (January and February), when it’s advisable to book tours and accommodation in advance and make an early start to avoid the crowds. Average day temperatures are still 73°F (23°C) in the winter months, so it’s possible to swim and snorkel all year. This is also the time to spot migrating whales along the coast.

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Cruising the Whitsundays Islands

Whitehaven Beach is just one of the many natural wonders of the Whitsundays Islands, and it’s worth choosing a day or multi-day cruise that takes in the surrounding sights. Highlights include sailing across the Whitsunday Passage, snorkelling at Mantaray Bay or Luncheon Bay around Hook Island, spotting koalas and kangaroos at the Wild Life Hamilton Island reserve, and looking out over Hamilton Island from One Tree Hill.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Whitehaven Beach?
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