Whitehaven & Great Barrier Reef Eco-Snorkel Cruise & Lunch

4.7 / 5

282 Reviews

Whitehaven & Great Barrier Reef Eco-Snorkel Cruise & Lunch

From US$ 145.59 per person

Explore Whitehaven beach and two snorkeling locations in one day. Cruise on an award-winning high-speed vessel with max. 38 passengers. Visit the iconic Hill Inlet, Whitehaven and fringing Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch & refreshments.

About this activity

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Visit Whitehaven, the number one beach in Australia
  • Zoom around on a fast, comfortable, and stable custom-built vessel
  • Explore underwater valleys, caves and coral formations with climate action leaders
  • Enjoy a guided bush walk to the breathtaking Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Feel free to bring your own alcohol for the day
Full description
Take an exhilarating ride to the best snorkeling locations in the Whitsunday Islands, traveling with climate action leaders. This multi-award winning tour visits the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and offers 2 snorkelling opportunities on the fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Ride on one of the fastest catamarans in the Whitsundays. The boat has been designed for stability and speed, so is perfect for passengers who are concerned about seasickness. Contact the local partner for a pickup location and head to Coral Sea Marina Resort by bus. The boat will then depart and travel to Tongue Bay for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Whitehaven Beach, famous for its white sands and crystal clear waters. It is also one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Then, enjoy a guided bush walk to Hill Inlet Lookout, located at the northern end of the beach. The tide shifts and the white sands blend together, creating an amazing effect. Enjoy fresh, homemade gluten-free brownies for morning tea, followed by a buffet lunch of zucchini frittata and quiche lorraine, cold sliced meats and cheeses, salads, and bread, before heading to two snorkelling locations. Your crew will select the best snorkeling locations based on weather and visibility conditions. You will visit either Peter Bay or Stonehaven, and be blown away by the colors, bountiful fish and coral formations on the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Peter Bay has amazing coral and marine life, and is one of the quietest snorkelling spots in the Whitsundays, and Stonehaven is where the locals go. Next you will go to Manta Ray Bay, situated on the northern tip of Hook Island, which has an array of underwater valleys, caves and plenty of different fish. Enjoy exploring the crystal clear waters as your guides point out everything there is to see. Afternoon tea of fresh fruit will be provided before the scenic journey back to Airlie Beach, where you will arrive at approximately 5:00 PM.
  • Full-day cruise
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea
  • Lunch
  • Free use of snorkelling equipment
  • Stinger suit hire and wetsuit hire (winter months only)
  • Park fees and fuel levy
  • Bus transfers from Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Jubilee Pocket
  • Dry bag to hold all of your belongings for the day
  • Alcohol (you may bring your own on board but please no glass or red wine)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Camera
  • Jacket
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Plastic bags

Know before you go

  • This tour departs from Airlie Beach and is suitable for families, couples and groups wanting to experience once-in-a-lifetime moments
  • There is an onboard toilet for your convenience
  • Feel free to bring your own alcohol (but no glass or red wine) for consuming on the boat
  • Soft drinks and water can be purchased for $2 on the boat
  • There is a credit card fee of 2 percent on check-in
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 282 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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We had a fantastic day exploring with the thundercat tour group. Plenty of room on the boat, informative and the guides/captains were awesome! Highly recommend the thunder cat crew they have good facilities and equipment with a lovely spread of food for lunch also. I would book again with this company.

January 4, 2021

Jayden and Dave were the best tour guides and took us to the most beautiful spots on the whitsundays I hate boat rides but the whole time I felt safe, they were super careful, fun and informative. Even while we were snorkeling they were always there on the little boat to help anyone out who wasn't too confident. And kept a look out the whole time! Food wise- I was so glad to know they catered for vegans and the food was delish. Would definitely recommend!

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January 4, 2021

This tour is a great way to enjoy the reef and Whitehaven beach. The guides are super nice chilled out. We enjoyed the experience very much but if you’re looking for areas to improve, better organising the pickup and drop off to minimise wait times would be nice. Also, the meal was pretty average and it took us ages to be served. There didn’t seem to be a system in place.

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December 21, 2020

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