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The Best Airlie Beach Whitehaven Tours

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Gabby Boucher
Updated Fri 02 Feb 2024

Looking for the best Airlie Beach Whitehaven tours? We’ve got you covered! Whether you want to sail, fly, or both, there are many incredible ways to access the stunning Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach. In fact, no visit to the Queensland tourist town of Airlie Beach is complete without a visit to this dazzling, white sand beach in the Whitsundays Islands. So let’s dive into the best Airlie Beach Whitehaven tours so you know what your options are for visiting this iconic Australian beach!

Aerial view of Whitehaven Beach


Airlie Beach Whitehaven Tour Options


Because there are so many top-rated Whitehaven Beach tours from Airlie Beach, we’ll organize this list into different categories. You can reach the secluded Whitehaven Beach by boat, seaplane, or helicopter, and some tours combine air and water travel!

You can also visit Whitehaven Beach on a half-day trip, full-day trip, or multi-day trip from Airlie Beach, depending on how much time you have. Day trips are the most popular and the cheapest, but multi-day sailing tours give you a more memorable and immersive Whitsunday experience. 

Here are some of the most popular boat trips to Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach!

girl with a backpack at hill inlet lookout whitehaven


Best Whitehaven Beach Day Tours From Airlie Beach


The most common type of tour from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach is a full-day boat tour. You’ll depart early, around 8am or 9am, and return to Airlie Beach around 5pm. Full-day boat tours all visit Hill Inlet Lookout and include lunch and free time on the beach!


Whitsunday Bullet

One of the absolute best Airlie Beach Whitehaven tours is Whitsunday Bullet! This speedy catamaran zips you over to the spectacular shores of Whitehaven Beach, giving you ample time to hike to the lookout, sunbathe on the white sands, and make use of the free paddleboards. You’ll visit both north and south Whitehaven Beach, plus snorkeling gear and lunch included!  

whitsunday bullet letting passengers off at whitehaven beach


Ocean Rafting

Another one of the most popular Whitehaven Beach day tours is Ocean Rafting. There are two options for this tour: Northern Exposure and Southern Lights. Southern Lights departs at 10am, so it’s great for travelers who love to sleep in! You’ll visit North and South Whitehaven Beach and have plenty of time to snorkel. Northern Exposure is a longer tour that includes 2 snorkeling spots off the nearby Hook Island in addition to the usual Whitehaven activities.  

Ocean Rafting boats


Camira

For a unique sailing experience, consider hopping on board Camira! This sailing catamaran is one of the fastest of its kind, and it has lots of cozy outdoor seating areas where you can relax on your way to Whitehaven. Hike up to Hill Inlet Lookout, admire the breathtaking views, go snorkeling in the fringing reefs, and spend some time relaxing on the most beautiful beach in the Whitsundays!  

Camira at sea


Half-Day Boat Tours To Whitehaven Beach


These half-day boat tours to Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach are perfect for travelers who are short on time. These tours do not visit Hill Inlet Lookout, but they give you a few hours to enjoy the beach. 


Sealink: Purely Whitehaven

If you’re short on time but still want a few hours to enjoy Whitehaven Beach, a half-day tour is a great option. Sealink offers a Purely Whitehaven Half Day Tour and you can choose between a 7:30am morning departure or a 12:30pm afternoon departure. Cruise over to Whitehaven and have 2.5 hours of free beach time to relax on the silica sand and soak in the tropical views.   

guy walking on Whitehaven Beach


Cruise Whitsundays: Whitehaven Beach Half Day Tour

Another half-day tour option is with Cruise Whitsundays. Also offering morning and afternoon options, this tour allows you to easily squeeze in a trip to Whitehaven Beach, despite how busy you may be! Admire the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea as you glide over to Whitehaven Beach. Spend 2 hours enjoying the beach however you please before returning to Airlie Beach

 girl holding white sand


Multi-Day Whitsunday Sailing Tours


Another amazing way to experience Whitehaven Beach is on an overnight sailing tour of the Whitsundays. If you have 2 or 3 days to spare, the best way to witness the immense natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands is on a multi-day sailing tour! All of these tours include a visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout. But you’ll have time for many other fun activities in the area as well!


Apollo

For 3 days and 2 nights, sail through the Whitsundays on Apollo! This magnificent maxi yacht has an extensive sailing history and allows you to take your time as you snorkel, hike, swim, and sail through the breathtaking Whitsundays. Overnight tours let you see the sunrise and sunset over the ocean, which is unforgettable!

Apollo


Defender

If you want to try an overnight sailing tour but you only have 1 night to spare,  Defender is an excellent option! For 2 days and 1 night, enjoy sailing through stunning scenery in a spacious, air-conditioned maxi yacht. Visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, and have some extra time to snorkel in the colorful coral reefs.  

Exploring Whitehaven Beach


Whitsunday Blue

For an extended sailing experience, hop on Whitsunday Blue! This sailing catamaran only takes 8 guests, so you’ll have a small, intimate tour group and get to spend 3 days and 3 nights enjoying the Whitsundays. Paddleboard, snorkel, and soak in the views of Whitehaven Beach.  

whitsunday blue catamaran moored near whitehaven beach


Atlantic Clipper

If you’re a backpacker looking to party while exploring the Whitsundays, this is the tour for you! Atlantic Clipper runs for 2 days and 2 nights and takes 54 guests on board, so you’ll have an epic adventure with lots of other travelers!  

Atlantic Clipper


Powerplay

This two-story catamaran is home to another one of the best Airlie Beach Whitehaven tours! For 3 days and 3 nights, you’ll have lots of time to snorkel, paddleboard, hike to Hill Inlet Lookout, eat delicious food, and relax in the jacuzzi on board Powerplay.  

Powerplay


Airlie Beach Whitehaven Tours By Air


Now that we’ve covered the best boat tours to Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach, we have to mention the air tours! You can also visit Whitehaven Beach by seaplane or helicopter. You can book a short but sweet scenic flight over the pristine beach and the Great Barrier Reef! Or you can book a full-day tour that actually lands on the beach for a few hours before flying back to Airlie Beach. 


Whitsunday Air Tours

This scenic flight from Airlie Beach packs so much excitement into one incredible day! During your Whitsunday Air Tour, fly to Whitehaven Beach and view the swirling silica sands from above. You’ll also fly over the Great Barrier Reef and get to see the famous Heart Reef from above!

view of whitehaven beach from the air


Ocean Rafting Fly & Raft

Ocean Rafting offers exclusive combo packages where you can include a scenic flight with your standard boat tour of Whitehaven Beach! With both the Southern Lights and Northern Exposure options, add on a scenic seaplane flight so you can view the exquisite beauty of Whitehaven Beach from the air, land, and sea.  

seaplane over great barrier reef


Airlie Beach Helicopters: Whitehaven Rest & Relax

Another epic air & beach combo of Whitehaven Beach is offered by Airlie Beach Helicopters. Depart from Airlie Beach on a helicopter tour to Whitehaven and spend some free time relaxing on the pristine beach. Then hop back on your scenic flight and cruise back to Airlie!

girls walking in the water on whitehaven beach whitsundays


Airlie Beach Helicopters: Heart Reef & Whitehaven Rest & Relax

Enjoy a similar experience to the previous air tour with Airlie Beach Helicopters, but ride in a helicopter over the Heart Reef as well! This Whitehaven Beach Helicopter tour will fly you over to Whitehaven Beach and give you time to hang out on the sand, but you'll also fly over the scenic reef landscapes of the Outer Reef and Heart Reef!

View of Whitsunday Islands From Seaplane


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