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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.

Book Whitsundays Boat and Sailing Cruises Online NowThere’s a range of yachts, catamarans and motor launches of various sizes to suit every budget. You can also choose to hire a crew so you can relax day in and day out in luxurious surroundings.

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

Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise

Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise

Book Whitsundays Sunset Sailing CruiseSlip 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 North 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.

 

Whitsundays Private Sailing Charter

Whitsundays Private Sailing Charter

Book Whitsundays Private Sailing CharterCharter your own skipper and crew on a tallship  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 (16-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. Or if you are short of time a half day sail for five hours which includes a stop at a secluded bay.

 

Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

Book Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling CruiseSail 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 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.

 

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Book Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed CatamaranTake 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.

 

1-Night Whitsundays Tour by Catamaran with Paradise Cove Resort from Airlie Beach

1-Night Whitsundays Tour by Catamaran with Paradise Cove Resort from Airlie Beach

Book 1-Night Whitsundays Tour by Catamaran with Paradise Cove Resort from Airlie BeachChoose the unique overnight resort stay package around the Whitsunday Islands. The all-inclusive combo departs from Airlie Beach and offers an exclusive night’s accommodation at the multiple award-winning Paradise Cove Resort. The custom-built vessel offers a comfortable and smooth ride to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and snorkeling at pristine locations on the fringing Great Barrier Reef. The vessel allows passengers to arrive at the destinations quickly with more time for activities such as sunbathing, swimming and exploring the Whitsunday Islands.

 

Express Whitsundays Scenic Flight and Boat Cruise from Airlie Beach including lunch

Express Whitsundays Scenic Flight and Boat Cruise from Airlie Beach including lunch

Book Express Whitsundays Scenic Flight and Boat Cruise from Airlie Beach including lunchFly over the most iconic sights in the Whitsundays with GSL Aviation, then discover the Whitsunday Islands up close with Sea Sprint. The 60 minute Reef & Island scenic flight showcases the most iconic views of the Islands and Great Barrier Reef, including world famous Heart Reef, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. On the water, you have 6 hours of fun and discovery amongst the Whitsunday Islands with snorkelling, Whitehaven Beach and stand-up paddle boarding included.

 

Full-Day Whitehaven Beach BBQ, Hill Inlet Lookout, and Snorkeling Cruise

Full-Day Whitehaven Beach BBQ, Hill Inlet Lookout, and Snorkeling Cruise

Book Full-Day Whitehaven Beach BBQ, Hill Inlet Lookout, and Snorkeling CruiseJoin a Whitehaven Beach day trip with Whitehaven Xpress, a family operated full day trip with snorkeling, swimming, bush-walking and Whitehaven Beach BBQ. Whitehaven Xpress offers a full day tour from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach, including a Hill Inlet lookout walk, snorkel or glass-bottom boat viewing and 2 hours on the Whitehaven Beach. Whilst spending the most amount of time on the actual Whitehaven Beach, you'll enjoy a 'Aussie' beach BBQ including steak, sausages, chilli burgers, salads and tropical fruits. (Vegetarians are catered for on request) The BBQ is prepared for your enjoyment under the shade of the trees while utilising the National Parks picnic tables. On the homeward journey a platter of cheese and biscuits is served. The cruise departs daily at 9 am from Abell Point Marina and returns approx. 5pm with courtesy van pickup from your hotel incluced.  The daytrip is family operated with Terry, Jill, Capt Dan, and Capt Shane providing a unique personal service.

 

Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

Book Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to ReefworldDo 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!

 

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

Book Whitehaven Beach Half-Day CruisesEnjoy relaxing on the pure white sand of Whitehaven Beach. You can walk along the seven kilometer stretch of natural silica sand, 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.

 

Lady Enid Sailing and Snorkeling Day Trip, Including Whitehaven Beach

Lady Enid Sailing and Snorkeling Day Trip, Including Whitehaven Beach

Book Lady Enid Sailing and Snorkeling Day Trip, Including Whitehaven Beach 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 up to four 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.

 

2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure on Trimaran 'Avatar'

2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure on Trimaran 'Avatar'

Book 2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure on Trimaran 'Avatar'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!

 

Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk

Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk

Book Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet WalkSpend a full day exploring Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll enjoy a guided hike to Solway Circuit Lookout and chance Bay, and take a leisurely hike to Hill Inlet lookout where you get a famous view of Whitehaven beach! Swim away from the crowds, and have time to lounge on the beach. Your day trip includes a guide, lunch and afternoon tea with a group tour limited to 32 people.

 

Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure

Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure

Book Whitsunday Islands Sailing AdventureSail 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. With the thrill of high-speed sailing through the famous Whitsunday Islands, swimming and visiting the world famous Hill Inlet Lookout this full day of fun and adventure is the ultimate Whitsunday Islands experience.

 

Tallship Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from the Whitsundays

Tallship Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from the Whitsundays

Book Tallship Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from the WhitsundaysSpend 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!

 

Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

Book Whitsundays Jet Ski TourTake a guided Jet Ski tour of the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, departing from mainland Airlie Beach! Choose a shorter morning or afternoon tour around Pioneer Bay, or upgrade to the two island jet ski adventure visiting the natural scenic waterways of South Molle Island and Daydream Island. Cruise past gorgeous coves and beaches on both tours as you learn from your expert guide about the area's natural history and abundant marine life. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people.

 

SeaSprint: Express Tour to Whitehaven Beach

SeaSprint: Express Tour to Whitehaven Beach

Book SeaSprint: Express Tour to Whitehaven BeachExplore the Whitsunday Islands, snorkel and visit Whitehaven Beach, all in just 6 hours!

Travelling on board our comfortable and modern vessel, you’ll weave through the scenic Whitsunday Islands, before stopping to snorkel amongst the fringing reef. Then cruise to Whitehaven Beach and take your time to enjoy lunch, beach activities and stand-up paddle boarding. Tours depart daily from Abell Point Marina.