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Airlie Beach Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Airlie Beach Sightseeing cruises

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

1. 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.

From Airlie: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

2. From Airlie: 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 some time at the Southern end of Whitehaven Beach, make the beautiful journey back to Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach: 2-Day, 2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Tour

3. Airlie Beach: 2-Day, 2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Tour

Soak up the stunning world heritage listed Whitsunday Islands and fringing Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, while taking in the sun’s rejuvenating rays, never feeling overcrowded. Just the way it’s meant to be. Avatar caters to guests of all ages. She sleeps 26 guests and 3 crew in a mixture of open plan bunks and private doubles. All meals are freshly prepared on board and include: spaghetti Bolognese, beef tacos, fresh meats, salads, breads, fruits, dips and crackers plus loads more! You won’t go hungry! Avatar Whitsundays is truly a sailing specialist. 2-day 2-night tours of the Whitsunday Islands can include – Whitehaven Beach, Hook Island, Hayman Island, Border Island and Whitsunday Island, with snorkelling stops at Luncheon Bay, Caves Cove, Blue Pearl Bay plus plenty of other awesome locations. Snorkelling equipment, stinger suits/wetsuits are all included. Avatar is one of the fastest, most high-tech racing yachts ever to be offered for charter in Australia, so if your taste is for the extreme side, this is the boat to be on.

Daydream Island: Full-Day Whitsundays Catamaran Sailing Trip

4. Daydream Island: Full-Day Whitsundays Catamaran Sailing Trip

Discover the Whitsunday Islands National Park and beautiful Whitehaven Beach on this 10-hour cruise. You will sit onboard a spacious deck in the sun whilst enjoying refreshments and morning tea. Upon arriving at the famous Whitehaven Beach, you'll see the Hill Inlet lookout, one of the most photographed locations in Australia. From here you will enjoy a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday's traditional owners, the Ngaro people. Your guide will lead you right to the lookout where you will be greeted by that picture postcard view. You can learn about the history, flora, and stories, from the informative displays along the way that provide an insight into this picturesque area. You will then spend the rest of your day snorkeling alongside loggerhead turtles and stingrays on the turquoise inner reef. Later, you can tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch. Alcoholic beverages and refreshments served throughout the day are all included. Award-winning Airlie Beach restaurants will be your caterers for the cruise, which is licensed to serve beer and wine from 11:00AM. You can enjoy afternoon tea before the thrill of sailing on the way home, as you reminisce on your perfect day in paradise.

From Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach Club Cruise

5. From Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach Club Cruise

Travel directly to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach on a 50-seat fast-cat that was purpose-built for the Whitsundays and offers a stable and comfortable ride direct to Whitehaven. On arrival, you will have access to complementary equipment and activities including stand-up paddle boards, volleyball, sun umbrellas, and beach games. With up to 5 hours of beach time, you can make the most of your day by exploring or just relaxing. Take a self-guided walk to South Whitehaven Lookout with magical views of the Whitsunday Islands.

From Airlie Beach: 2-Day Whitsundays Sailing & Camping Trip

6. From Airlie Beach: 2-Day Whitsundays Sailing & Camping Trip

Discover the best of the Whitsunday Islands on this 2-day sail from Airlie Beach. Enjoy captivating snorkel excursions each day, visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed islands, and explore the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit locations such as Whitehaven Beach, Hook Island, Hayman Island, Border Island, and Whitsunday Island. Stop to snorkel at Luncheon Bay, Caves Cove, and Blue Pearl Bay. Sleep on a spacious maxi yacht on the first night and camp on one of the islands surrounding the Whitsundays on the second night. Help assist the crew by hoisting the mainsail and dropping anchor at each exciting destination. Alternatively, sit back and relax on the spacious deck and enjoy the view of the pristine Whitsunday Islands. Every evening, roll up your sleeves and help the crew prepare mouth-watering specialties like beef stew, spaghetti bolognese, fresh bread, green salad, pasta salads, and much more. Or, position yourself at the ship’s prow where you can watch the sky change from yellow to magenta as the sun sets.

Whitsunday Islands: 2 or 3-Night Sailing Yacht Adventure

7. Whitsunday Islands: 2 or 3-Night Sailing Yacht Adventure

Enjoy an unforgettable 2 or 3-night sailing experience while visiting Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout. Go on bush-walks, relax on pristine beaches, and explore 4-6 snorkeling sites. Visit the famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout for a whole day on the 3-night option and 5 hours on the 2-night option. Explore various Whitsundays Islands on bush-walks ranging from 20 minutes to 3 hours. Experience magical Whitsundays sunset beach hangouts at Langford Island Sand Spit, Scrubhen Beach, and/or Chalkie's Beach. In the evenings, chill on deck with our crew and your new mates, have a few drinks, stargaze, and then let the calm water gently rock you to sleep. On the 3 night option only, you also get the opportunity to visit the outer Great Barrier Reef (weather depending) to snorkel some of the most pristine waters in the world. Return on the last day at approximately 3:30 PM. Straight after your tour, keep the adventure alive and meet your crew and fellow passengers for a catch up at the after-party in Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach: Outer Great Barrier Reef ReefWorld Pontoon

8. Airlie Beach: Outer Great Barrier Reef ReefWorld Pontoon

Explore the serene water and colorful underwater life at the Great Barrier Reef by a pontoon. You will encounter many species of fish, and corals while enjoying water activities like snorkeling and swimming. Depart from Airlie Beach, and 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. The vessel features 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. See unbelievable snorkeling and diving (at an extra cost on the day). 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 purchase drinks from the bar as you please. Finally, return to Airlie after a beautiful day.

Airlie: Sunset Sail with Aperol Spritz and Antipasto

9. Airlie: Sunset Sail with Aperol Spritz and Antipasto

Enjoy the sunset over the coast on this roundtrip sailing venture to the Whitsundays islands from Airlie Beach. Board a traditional, timber, 72-foot sailing yacht. Discover facts about the local flora an fauna from the crew. Climb aboard the Lady Enid sailing vessel. Stow away your bags and shoes. Walk barefoot on the wooden deck and settle in with a delicious Aperol Spritz. Listen to an introduction of the ship's features and a safety briefing while departing from Coral Sea Marina. Be lost in the moment as the boat recreates that classic age of yachting enjoyed in the 1960’s when sailing was more about elegance and chic than corporate sponsorship and carbon fibre. See the crew hoist the sails. Move freely move around the ship and take advantage of the cushioned seating. Relax and soak up the ambiance as you savor the variety of flavors in your antipasti plate. Admire the rich colors of the sunset reflecting on the water. Let the crew point out various points of interest as you sail and listen as they tell you about the history of the area. Have the option to purchase additional drinks from the bar. Admire the lights of Airlie Beach dancing on the water as you return for the night.

Airlie Beach: Providence Tallship Sunset Sail Whitsundays

10. Airlie Beach: Providence Tallship Sunset Sail Whitsundays

Embark on an adventure and set sail on a 2-hour sunset sail across the bay. Be welcomed on board with a glass of bubbles.  Relax on the green cushioned seats on deck. Help pull up a sail, or two if you feel like it or just chill on deck and take in the tropical sunset.  Enjoy some snacks on the platter consisting of crusty bread, cheeses, fruit, and dips. This experience is perfect for a romantic evening and a journey to remember. Experience the boat Providence V that was in a Hollywood movie called Survive the Savage Seas and is one of the most picturesque sailing boats in the Whitsundays. The boat is built from North Queensland timber and is a replica of the old Grand Banks fishing boats,  a Bluenose or Gloucester schooner.

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What people are saying about Airlie Beach

I loved this trip!!! I was travelling solo and met so many wonderful people. The boat was clean, well organised and the crew where outstanding. Food was great too (thanks chef). We went snorkelling and visited Whitehaven beach. We encountered some rough weather on the second day, however I felt safe the entire time and it just added to the adventure. One thing I will mention is the sleeping situation. I was on the avatar and all the beds are double beds (with only one single and one triple bed). As a solo traveler I was under the impression there would be more single beds. Luckily I befriended some lovely ladies who I bunked with, however, this is just something I wished to share for other solo travellers if you weren’t comfortable sharing a bed with a stranger. Would totally recommend this trip to anyone travelling internationally or from Australia. I had the most amazing time and the Whitsundays was absolutely beautiful!!

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Whitehaven with this company. Big spacious ferry with outside and covered seating. Organisation was on point. Afternoon tea was real real good. Coffee and tea went out of order but I enjoyed the friendly staff and their help esp when I got sea sick during the Rocky open water. White haven was SPECTACULAR. It’s a special place . 3 times I’ve been there and it’s been raining BUT all 3 times blue skies and sun would came out while the rest of the sea and sky was stork dark! 3rd time round I felt that there something phenomenal about this place. The water was warm and I mean warm, that was the first though lol. I will travel with this company again esp with two little kids I had in tow it was spacious and felt safe for them. Professional photographer took great pictures at an affordable package price!!!

Absolutely loved our Whitsunday Tour day with Thundercat! Ian was our tour guide and he was great! The lunch was good and huge portions, the reefs they take you too are amazing and the White Haven Beach is just as beautiful as the pictures, definitely recommend this tour!

Excellent! Fun, informative, interactive, hilarious delivery from the MC. Cabin crew are so friendly and easy going. We had the most amazing day sailing and cruising. Best anniversary experience for a day trip. Do it. Best money spent!

We booked this for our first night in airlie - we started off with a glass of bubbles, and got a second one before the sales went up. Gluten free and low Carb catered for. Couldn't ask for any better