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How to Visit Whitehaven Beach from Hamilton Island

Saachi James-Mason on December 27th, 2023

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Tours:

When staying on Hamilton Island you simply must take a full day tour or even half a day tour to explore the stunning Whitehaven Beach. You can book a boat ride and explore the stunning, iconic Whitehaven Beach for as little as $140 (prices may vary) per person. You’ll embark on a relaxing cruise through the Whitsunday Passage, past Passage Peak and Pentecost Island. With morning or afternoon tea and lunch provided (dependant on the tour chosen), all you need is your swimmers, hat, towel, ocean friendly sunscreen and of course, a camera to make all of your family and friends at home jealous of your Great Barrier Reef adventures.

Before booking you may wish to know what is so special about Whitehaven Beach.

Charter Boats Hamilton Island

If private charter boats are more your thing, there’s plenty of options available. For as little as $1,550 (prices may vary) you can have your own skippered power boat for up to 8 guests departing from Hamilton Island, it’s a great option for families, corporate groups, or just a bunch of friends wanting to go swimming and snorkelling in the Whitsundays for a few hours and explore Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and all its surrounding beauty. There are 4 – 6 – 8-hour charter options available so there is something for every occasion. You could even charter a magnificent superyacht for the day!

Hamilton Island Scenic Flights - Aeroplane Tours:

Not a fan of boats? Would rather see it all from the seat of an aircraft? There are a couple of options for you! If you have left Whitehaven Beach to the last minute and don’t have much time to spare because you’ve spent your holiday driving buggies around Hamilton Island, there is a 1-hour express aeroplane flight that flies over Whitehaven Beach, the famous Heart Reef and many other gorgeous parts of the Whitsundays. Seeing the Great Barrier Reef from above on a scenic flight gives you a whole new perspective of the reef providing visual delights for your eyes and future photo albums.

Hamilton Island Helicopter Flights:

Experience 3 take offs and 3 landings in a helicopter, admire the stunning views from the air and an hour at Whitehaven Beach. This tour offers the best of both worlds, shuttle pick up from your hotel to arrive at the Hamilton Island air terminal for your safety briefing and then quickly whisked away from Hamilton Island, flying above the famous Heart Reef, to then arrive on the floating pontoon and provided with an array of complimentary refreshments.

Here you are given snorkel equipment complimentary of Cruise Whitsundays to explore the underwater world. Your helicopter pilot will then take you flying through the jaw dropping Hill Inlet landing right on Whitehaven beach to let you step off the helicopter and walk with the world renown silica sand between your toes or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

You will then be flown back to Hamilton island, sit back, relax and take in the breath-taking views. This jam packed tour offers the best of both worlds, seeing the Great Barrier Reef from above, snorkelling off a pontoon and landing right on Whitehaven beach, it’s perfect for any occasion and caters to everyone and all abilities.

If you are still wanting to know more about Whitehaven Beach read our articles on "What is the difference between North & South Whitehaven Beach", "The best ways to see Whitehaven Beach", or "How to get to Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach".   

See all tours and attractions from Hamilton Island here.

Saachi James-Mason

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