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Top Whitehaven Beach Day Tours

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Gabby Boucher
Updated Wed 31 Jan 2024

There are so many incredible Whitehaven Beach day tours that allow you to explore Australia's most beautiful beach in just a few hours! Whitehaven Beach is one of the most gorgeous places in the Whitsundays, and this remote, tropical location is surprisingly accessible. Located on Whitsunday Island, you can only visit Whitehaven Beach via boat, seaplane, or helicopter

If you don't want to visit Whitehaven on a guided tour, you would have to either charter a private vessel or take your own boat if you have one. Considering most visitors to the Whitsundays don't have their own boat, or maybe they don't have the money for a private charter, a guided tour is your best bet!

Hill Inlet Lookout swirling sands in the Whitsundays


The Best Whitehaven Beach Day Tours

Whitehaven Beach day tours are the quickest, cheapest, and easiest ways to see the glory of this white silica sand beach. Many travelers opt for an overnight sailing tour so you can see more of the Whitsundays, and some of them are quite affordable! But if you're short on time and money, a day tour will do the trick. 

These are the best Whitehaven Beach day tours, with options departing from Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. There are also boat tours and air tours available so you can choose whether you want to see Whitehaven from ground level or from the sky, or both!

girl relaxing on the sand on Whitehaven Beach Whitsundays


Whitehaven Beach Day Tours From Airlie Beach - By Boat

Here are your best boat tour options for visiting Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach! We've included the highlights and locations of each tour, as each Whitehaven Beach day tour is slightly different. All tours visit Hill Inlet Lookout, but some tours only visit the North or the South end of the beach. Some tours even include time to visit Betty's Beach, a hidden gem!

Some tours include two snorkel locations, some include one, and some do not have snorkeling. Make sure you read each tour page in-depth before you book! But all of these have a focus on the stunning Whitehaven Beach, so you really can't go wrong!

Tour Departure Time Locations Highlights
Whitsunday Bullet 9:00 am Hill Inlet Lookout, North Whitehaven, South Whitehaven, one snorkel site High-speed catamaran, paddleboards, lunch included
Camira 8:15 am Hill Inlet Lookout (dependent on tides), South Whitehaven, one snorkel site Sailing catamaran, lunch and beer/wine included
Ocean Rafting Southern Lights 10:00 am Hill Inlet Lookout, North Whitehaven, South Whitehaven, one snorkel site Extra beach time, special boat access inside Hill Inlet
Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure 8:45 am Hill Inlet Lookout, North Whitehaven, two snorkel sites Extra snorkel time, special boat access inside Hill Inlet
Providence V 7:30 am Hill Inlet Lookout, Betty's Beach, one snorkel site Authentic tallship sailing experience, lunch and snacks included
Thundercat 9:00 am Hill Inlet Lookout, North Whitehaven, two snorkel sites Powerful speedboat, meals and snacks included 
Lady Enid 8:00 am Hill Inlet Lookout, North Whitehaven, Betty's Beach, one snorkel site Adults only, smooth sailing experience, licensed bar
Whitehaven Xpress 8:45 am Hill Inlet Lookout, Whitehaven Beach Lookout, South Whitehaven Focus on Whitehaven, guided bushwalks to two lookouts, BBQ on the beach 
Big Fury 10:00 am Hill Inlet Lookout, South Whitehaven Beach Family friendly, delicious homemade lunch
Viper 8:00 am Hill Inlet Lookout, North Whitehaven Beach Also visits the Outer Reef for amazing snorkelling

girls having fun on the beach on an Ocean Rafting tour


Whitehaven Beach Day Tours From Airlie Beach - By Air

Another epic way to visit Whitehaven Beach is by seaplane or helicopterThe Whitsundays are truly stunning, with luscious, jungle-filled islands dotting the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea. A scenic flight gives you a new perspective of this beautiful corner of Australia. These flights give you an aerial view of Whitehaven Beach's swirling sands, and some also visit the impressive scenery of the Great Barrier Reef

Whether you just want a quick journey around the best sights, or you want to actually land on Whitehaven and have some beach time before heading back to Airlie, there is a great tour for you!

Tour Departure Time Locations Highlights
Ocean Rafting Scenic Flight 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, or 2:30pm Fly over Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef Option to combine flight with Ocean Rafting boat tours on a Fly & Raft package
Whitsunday Air Tours Please Enquire Fly over Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef Affordable flight option run by Airlie Beach locals, available for private charter
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Fly over Whitehaven Beach and surrounding area Try crazy flips and tricks with an experienced pilot for an adrenaline rush
Airlie Beach Helicopters Rest & Relax Please Enquire Fly over Hill Inlet, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, South Whitehaven Includes landing at South Whitehaven and 1.5 hours of beach time 

aerial view of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet from plane


Whitehaven Beach Day Tours From Hamilton Island - By Boat

You can also visit Whitehaven Beach from Hamilton IslandMany travelers choose to base themselves on Hamilton Island instead of Airlie Beach when exploring the Whitsundays. After you've spent ample time exploring this beautiful island, a day tour to Whitehaven Beach is a must! Here are some of the top Whitehaven Beach day tours from Hamilton Island. 

Tour Departure Time Locations Highlights
Explore: Whitehaven, Sail, & Snorkel 8:00 am South Whitehaven, Chalkies Beach for snorkeling Sailing catamaran, snorkel gear, lunch and snacks included 
Explore: Hill Inlet Half Day Tour Morning or Afternoon

Morning: 8:00 am

Afternoon: 12:30 pm

Hill Inlet Lookout and North Whitehaven Beach Affordable and quick, morning or afternoon tea included

couple snorkeling in the blue waters of the Whitsundays


Whitehaven Beach Day Tours From Hamilton Island - By Air

Last on our list of the top Whitehaven Beach day tours is the air tours from Hamilton Island! As the only island in the Whitsundays with its own major airport, you can book scenic seaplane and helicopter flights right from Hamilton Island! Soar over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef

Tours Departure Time Locations Highlights
Hamilton Island Air Scenic Flight Please Enquire Fly over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef Affordable one hour seaplane tour over the highlights of the Whitsundays
Hamilton Island Air Helicopter Journey Please Enquire Fly over Whitehaven, Hill Inlet, Heart Reef Land on a Great Barrier Reef pontoon for snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat tour

aerial view of coral reefs and the famous Heart Reef


Is Whitehaven Beach Worth Visiting?

Whether you choose a boat tour or an air tour, or instead opt for an overnight tour, Whitehaven Beach is definitely worth visiting! It has some of the whitest, softest sand in the world and is just downright gorgeous. While visiting the Whitsunday Islands, don't miss the chance to visit the world famous Whitehaven Beach. It is sure to be a day you'll never forget!

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