Whitsundays Boat Cruises
We think there’s no better way to explore the Whitsundays than to take a relaxing and scenic boat cruise through the magnificent islands and reefs. There’s a whole host of options for you to choose from including day trips, bare boat and skippered charters.
There’s a range of day trips leaving the mainland and large resort islands so you can visit a few of the 74 Whitsunday Islands all in a day. Many of these cruises allow for you to snorkel at various reefs and include lunch and drinks.
Bare Boat charters are especially popular in the Whitsundays as you can be captain of your own trip on your holiday. It allows visitors more freedom in their holiday as you can set sail to wherever you heart desires and wake up to sparkling azure oceans.
Please see our list of recommended Whitsunday Boat Cruise experiences below. For more cruise providers, check out Whitsundays Boat Cruises in our local directory, or click the banner to the right to book a cruise and start sailing!
Whitsunday Boat Cruises
Slip into the sunset sail in style on a 62ft gaff-rigged topsail schooner, an American Bluenose a replica of the Grand Banks fishing boats in Maine. Whitsundays sunset sailing cruise departs from Abell Point Marina. After being welcomed aboard traditional 62-foot gaff rigged schooner by the friendly crew enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and nibble on delicious snacks as you take in the views of Airlie Beach from the water. Help hoist the sails or sit back, relax, and enjoy ambience as you cruise across Pioneer Bay.
Charter your own sailboat in the Whitsunday Islands for up to 24 guests with this private tour that gives you a choice from three day sail options and one sunset option. Set off across Whitsunday Passage in the footsteps of Captain Cook, and catch the breeze on a 62-foot (19-meter) gaff-rigged schooner, aka a tall ship. Your tailored charter includes a spot for snorkeling and either a visit to Whitehaven Beach, famous for its bright white sand, or to Langford Reef where you have a good chance of swimming with turtles.
Sail the Whitsundays in a 62-ft gaff rigged schooner. Help out with the sails or chill on deck as the sails fill in the breeze. Head for the Whitsundays' iconic beach - Whitehaven. Disembark at Tongue Bay for a 10-minute walk to the Hill Inlet lookout. Capture some pics of the world's most photographed beach before heading down to experience the soft, white sand. Spend an hour and a half on the beach before heading back for lunch on board as you head for a beautiful snorkelling spot - Dumbbell Island where the water is teaming with fish and the coral is dazzling. Then it's homeward bound while snacking on a fruit and cheese platter and the sails carry you back to Abell Point Marina.
Take an exhilarating cruise in the Whitsundays on board an amazing high-speed ocean-going catamaran. The vessel is designed for stability and speed and ensures all guests have an awesome adventure in comfort and style. Included in the full-day cruise is a walk to the famous Hill Inlet Lookout, a delicious lunch and snorkelling at two different locations on the Great Barrier Reef.
Do you want to experience a close encounter with the famous Great Barrier Reef, then this is it! Enjoy a cruise out to the reef, where you'll moor up next to Reefworld. From this innovative and spacious pontoon, you can snorkel and dive the tropical waters until your hearts content. Top up you tan on the sun decks, see the reef up-close without getting wet with a ride on a semi-submersible, and learn about the marine life through presentations by reef experts. There's no better way to experience the reef!
Enjoy relaxing on the pure white sand of Whitehaven Beach. You can walk along the seven kilometer stretch of natural silica sand, partake in beach activities, swim in crystal clear water or lay back and read a good book. There is no better place to unwind then finding your own slice of paradise and feeling the ocean breeze sweep over you as your body melts into the sand. The only way to truly experience one of the world's best beaches is in style and comfort aboard a large, high-speed and air-conditioned catamaran.
A true sailing experience through the Whitsunday Islands on board the rare Australian classic yacht Lady Enid. Become involved as much or as little as you like, help set the sails, take a turn at the helm or lean back and relax and enjoy the uninterrupted beauty of the Whitsunday Islands. Barefoot luxury at it's best, sailing to one of the world’s best beaches, Whitehaven Beach and visiting Hill Inlet, swimming the crystal clear waters of Betty's Beach at Whitehaven and snorkeling the Island Reefs will certainly ensure beautiful memories are made. Your crew will welcome you as their guests, not just a passenger and with only a maximum of 24 guests and three crew at your service, you will want for nothing more. The gourmet meals are certainly a feature of this experience, including morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and as you'll sail back to port into the sunset while a glass of sparkling wine and antipasto is served.
Avatar Whitsundays is the only commercial sailing trimaran in the Islands. What does this mean for you? Minimal lean while sailing, maximum deck space with nets for sun baking, you can soak up the stunning World Heritage-listed Whitsunday Islands while never feeling over crowded. Just the way it’s meant to be. Avatar caters to guests between 18 and 35 years old and the young at heart. 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 home cooked roast with trimmings and gravy, spaghetti bolognese, pies, fresh meats, salads, breads, fruits, dips and crackers Plus loads more! You wont go hungry!
Spend a full day exploring Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll take a leisurely hike to Hill Inlet lookout where you get a famous view of Whitehaven beach! Snorkel away from the crowds, and have time to lounge on the beach or swim. Your day trip includes a guide, snorkel and beach equipment, lunch and afternoon tea with a small-group tour limited to 16 people.
Whitehaven Beach and Chalkies Beach Snorkeling Adventure from Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island or Daydream Island
Depart from Airlie Beach, Daydream Island & Hamilton Island for a day of inner reef snorkeling. Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch on Whitehaven Beach with informative commentary during the cruise. You will have 1.5 hours to explore Hamilton Island at the end of the day before traveling back to Daydream Island or Airlie Beach. All snorkeling gear and protective stinger suits and beach game equipment is included.
Sail through the Whitsunday Islands and explore magnificent Whitehaven Beach, voted one of the world's best beaches on this full-day sailing adventure from Port of Airlie or Daydream Island. With the thrill of high-speed sailing through the famous Whitsunday Islands, swimming and snorkeling at fantastic inner-reef sites, this full day of fun and adventure is the ultimate Whitsunday Islands experience.
Explore Australia’s gorgeous Whitsunday Islands on a full-day cruise to Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island from Port Airlie or Hamilton Island. Enjoy free time to stroll along the beaches, take scenic nature walks, or even snorkel or golf. On board, your friendly skipper will provide informative commentary about the sights you see. This is an amazing day out with a great mix of island time, cruising time and with lunch included.
Spend the day at sea, sailing, snorkeling, beachcombing and enjoying the Whitsunday Islands' spectacular natural beauty. Go snorkeling at a protected beach and enjoy morning tea with chocolate cake, a buffet lunch and afternoon hors d'oeuvres, freshly prepared on board. There’s plenty of room to relax on the tallship’s large deck, ideal for calm sailing in the protected waters of the Whitsundays' fringing reefs. Combining adventure on the high seas, snorkeling and a non-stop smorgasbord of food, a tallship cruise is the best way to experience the beautiful Whitsundays Passage in one day. With numbers restricted to less than 40, you can sit back and relax or join the crew and try your hand at raising the sails!