Arriving by sea
For those who prefer to arrive by sea, a Cruise Whitsundays full-day tour to Whitehaven Beach gives you plenty of time to explore the beach and hear about the history of the traditional owners, the Ngaro people. You’ll also enjoy a barbecue lunch and, weather permitting, a trip to nearby Esk Island.
You can also sail aboard a catamaran to Whitsunday Island from Airlie Beach, stopping off at Hill Inlet for a barbecue lunch with time to explore and swim at both the lagoon and the beach.
The quickest way to get to Whitehaven Beach by sea is onboard a super-fast semi-rigid inflatable motor boat on one of two Ocean Rafting day tours from the Airlie Beach township that include visits to Whitehaven Beach. The tours allow plenty of time for snorkelling and hiking with a picnic lunch on Whitehaven Beach.
For those wishing to stay at Whitehaven Beach overnight, the only way is to charter your own yacht or catamaran with operators like Sunsail and Whitsunday Escape and chart your own path through some of the 74 islands of the Whitsundays, taking as much time as you’d like to explore every kilometre of Whitehaven Beach. And remember, when the day tours go home, the beach is all yours.