Whitehaven Beach Day Tours for Families

With its dazzling pure white sand and sparkling turquoise water, Whitehaven Beach is an iconic year-round destination you don’t want to miss. Located on Whitsunday Island in the heart of the Whitsundays, this world-famous beach is the perfect place to spend the day soaking up the sunshine with the family. Relax, play and swim in the warm sheltered water, take a short walk to the spectacular Hill Inlet Lookout or seek out hidden Betty’s Beach, there are endless ways to spend your time on Whitehaven Beach and your visit is sure to be the highlight of your Whitsundays trip.

There are many Whitehaven Beach tours to choose from, however, not all boats are suitable for children so we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites.

Here are the best fun and value-for-money Whitehaven Beach tours for families.

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Whitsunday Bullet

Suitable for: AGES 18 MONTHS AND UP

Whitsunday Bullet is a fast and stable catamaran that will have you cruising the Coral Sea in fully-enclosed air-conditioned comfort. This fun day tour visits both ends of  Whitehaven Beach (north and south), Hill Inlet Lookout and one fantastic snorkelling location. All snorkelling gear, use of stand-up paddleboards and a delicious lunch are included. There are onboard toilet facilities, a bar for purchasing snacks and the shorter travel time ensures you will be able to make the most of your time in the great outdoors!

Bullet is a fast day cat that will take you to both sides of Whitehaven Beach (north and south), Hill Inlet Lookout and one snorkel location. Whitsunday Bullet also has stand-up paddleboards on board for guests to use at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach. This is a great tour to choose if you want to experience the thrill of a fast cat that will get to where you want to go in comfort and with speed!

Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure 


Ocean Rafting offers one of the most fun day tours in the Whitsundays. The Northern Exposure Tour visits two exciting snorkelling spots around Hook Island where you will be amazed by the abundance of marine life below the waves. You will also be treated to a visit to the stunning Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet - where the swirling sands will amaze and delight.

The Ocean Rafting boats are comfortable open-air vessels will plenty of shade and all snorkelling gear is included. Lunch is an optional extra as part of the Rafters Pack which also includes wet/stinger suit hire. 

Ocean Rafting Southern Lights


Ideal for beach lovers, the Southern Lights Tour visits both the north and south ends of the famous Whitehaven Beach so you’ll have extra time to enjoy the pristine pure white silica sand. This tour also includes over 1 hour of snorkelling with colourful fish, coral, giant clams and a turtle or two if you’re lucky!

Just like the Northern Exposure Tour, guests will also be treated to the swirling sands of Hill Inlet.

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    Whitehaven Xpress

    Suitable for: ALL AGES

    If you’re after the tour with the most time on Whitehaven Beach then Whitehaven Xpress is for you! Enjoy 3 hours of fun and exploring Whitsunday Island with plenty of time for swimming and relaxation. This tour includes two guided bushwalks and a delicious BBQ lunch on the beach with ice-cold drinks to quench your thirst.

    Whitehaven Xpress is a stable vessel featuring a spacious deck with both indoor and outdoor seating and two onboard toilets. Stroller hire is also available if required.

    Whitehaven Xpress

    Atlantic Clipper Day Sail

    Suitable for: ALL AGES

    The Clipper also boasts a fun itinerary that will bring you to some of the most beautiful and iconic destinations in the Whitsundays! Atlantic Clipper is undoubtedly one of the most fun and social tours in the Whitsundays and is perfect for families, the young, the young-at-heart and any adventure-driven traveller!

    Atlantic Clipper

    Providence V 

    Suitable for: ALL AGES

    If you’re after an authentic tall ship sailing experience then look no further! Providence V is a gaff-rigged schooner that offers a fun full-day tour with snorkelling around Dumbell Island and of course the much-anticipated trip to Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy complimentary morning and afternoon tea, a delicious lunch and all snorkelling gear - just don’t forget your sunnies, a camera and the sunblock! 

    Providence offers a great opportunity for your family to experience authentic sailing with the wind in their hair and the opportunity to help raise the sails if they wish.



    Suitable for: AGES 4 AND UP

    Only have half a day to spare? Cruise Whitsunday offers a great family-friendly half-day scenic cruise to Whitehaven Beach on board a large, comfortable, air-conditioned vessel with both indoor and outdoor seating and toilet facilities. 

    Choose from the morning tour with includes complimentary morning tea and coffee or the afternoon tour that includes complimentary afternoon tea and cold drinks. Either way, you will spend up to 2 hours enjoying spectacular Whitehaven Beach with your loved ones.

    Half Day Whitehaven


    Suitable for: AGES 4 AND UP

    Thundercat is a fast red catamaran that will take you to two great snorkelling locations before arriving at the main attraction, Whitehaven Beach. Thundercat is a comfortable fast-moving vessel that ensures an exciting day out on the water with your family! 

    This all-inclusive tour features morning and afternoon tea, lunch, snorkelling equipment and stinger or wetsuit hire. One of the most stable boats in the Whitsundays, this is also a great trip for those who worry about seasickness.

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      Suitable for: AGES 4 AND UP

      If you’re after a unique experience, jump on board the big purple sailing catamaran for a fast trip around the Whitsunday Islands.  The only sailing catamaran to offer day trips in the Whitsundays, Camira visits one snorkel location, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout. Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch on board, as well as morning and afternoon tea and plenty of deck space for relaxing in between destinations! Camira features both indoor and outdoor seating as well and an onboard toilet.

      Still unsure which Whitehaven Beach tour is right for you and your family? Chat with our one of our travel experts for the best local knowledge and advice tailored to your needs by giving us a call or by clicking the chat button.  

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