Whitehaven Xpress Whitsundays

Departing: Airlie Beach

Pickup: Airlie Beach

Glass Bottom Boat - Beach Barbeque - Snorkel
  • Our Whitehaven Beach barbeques are famous as we serve nothing but the best steaks, fish and veggie burgers.
  • Our maximum boat capacity is 47 passengers, however we usually carry 37 passengers.
  • The perfect Great Barrier Reef tour that also caters for families.
  • Climb Hill Inlet at Whitehaven Beach, do some snorkelling and a glass bottom boat tour for non-swimmers.
  • The cheapest best value Whitehaven Beach snorkel tour from Airlie Beach.

The most fun and best value Airlie Beach tour to Whitehaven Beach includes snorkelling and a glass bottom boat tour perfect for young children, older folks and non-swimmers and an awsome beach barbeque.

Our 1 day Great Barrier Reef tour from Airlie Beach whisks you away across the clear blue sea to the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach.

Our Whitehaven Beach tour capacity is 47 passengers, however we usually carry 37 passengers ensuring the comfort of all of our guests.

We are also proud to be a green eco certified Ecotourism Great Barrier Reef Marine Park operator

When visiting Airlie Beach and the Great Barrier Reef you simply must take a tour on a boat around the Whitsunday Islands and see the swirling sands of Whitehaven Beach from Hill Inlet, the view will take your breath away. 

Beach Barbeque

On our great value day tour you will enjoy two hours of chill time at Whitehaven Beach and our world famous beach barbeque. 

Whilst your lunch is being prepared you have the first hour to yourself to swim, relax, explore.

Cooked to Order and served under the shade of the trees using the Whitsunday Island National Park facilities since 1989.

Snorkel Tour – Whitsunday Island Reefs

After the BBQ you’ll enjoy at least another half an hour before we cruise towards the Northern End of Whitehaven Beach for Hill inlet lookout or an amazing snorkeling experience.

Whether it is snorkeling the fringing reef at the Northern end of Hook Island for fish life or exploring the rejuvenating coral bommies and reefs of Whitsunday Island.

The underwater world is also available to non-swimmers, families with younger children or those not wanting to snorkel, you may wish to join our glass-bottom boat tour as an alternative. 

Utilizing our Captains vast local knowledge, we select the best location for snorkelling available on the day of your Airlie Beach & Whitehaven Beach day tour.

We stay for approx one hour or more! Therefore everyone has enough time to fully appreciate the underwater world of the Whitsunday Islands.

Once all of our snorkelers are comfortable, we then conduct our glass-bottom boat tours.

Whitehaven Beach Hill Inlet Lookout

Most Airlie Beach snorkel tours incorporate a bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout at Whitehaven Beach.

Hill Inlet is best seen from the viewing platforms where the swirling sands can be seen in entirety.

Take a short bush walk from Tongue Bay, meanwhile our boat will remain on anchorage until your return.

Upon our arrival, an interpretative talk is briefly given.

We then take you ashore for a guided walk through diverse vegetation. Here you can learn about the Ngaro Aboriginal people, likewise the Whitsunday Island flora and fauna – from signs along the track to the lookout.

Be sure to have your camera ready when you arrive at the vista. The ever changing breathtaking views are one of the most photographed in all of the Whitsundays.

You can choose not to do the walk, the option to explore the beach or relax on Whitehaven Beach is all yours.

Whitehaven Beach - The Itinerary

8.00am | Free Bus Pick Ups

Our Airlie Beach courtesy shuttles driven by our friendly drivers will start picking up you up from Airlie Beach accommodations, Caravan Parks & AirBnbs. We can even recommend a safe place to park up your van and we can pick you up from there!

You can of course make your own way and park at Coral Sea Marina Resort (Formerly Abbott Point Marina) but please do allow enough time to make your way to our Meeting Place before 8.30am.

8.30am | Check-In

Once dropped off by your driver at Coral Sea Marina Resort (Formerly Abell Point Marina), our Captain & Crew will take it from there.

A quick check in and collection of tickets.

Lastly a completion of some necessary information on a tablet and we are then on our way to the fast Whitehaven boat for boarding.

9.00am | Departure

We depart the Coral Sea Marina slowly whilst giving a safety briefing and explanation of the Whitehaven Beach snorkel tour and glass bottom boat tour.

Once the information is given and everyone is relaxed and settled in we throttle up to cruising speed of 20 knots on route to our first Great Barrier Reef tour location.

We may go from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach directly which is approx 80 minutes travel or maybe snorkelling first which could be less than 60 minutes travel, or possibly Hill Inlet Lookout first, 80 minutes travel time

Our Airlie Beach snorkel tour itinerary is based primarily on the tides and secondly on the weather. Snorkeling at high tide is not great, likewise seeing the swirling sands of Hill Inlet at a very low tide is not ideal

9.15am | Cruise across the Whitsunday Passage.

Cruising between the Whitsunday Islands on our boat is a comfortable experience.

We offer indoor, outdoor, upstairs seating options for all guests. You can even walk around whilst the boat is moving which is a big difference to the open speed boats.

9.45am | Tea & Coffee

Tea & Coffee is served along with some biscuits to nibble on. (GF catered for).

The Licensed Bar is opened. Beers, Ciders, White Wine, Rum of course, Soft drinks and bottled water all available.

Please note guests are not permitted to consume alcohol if you intend on swimming and snorkelling.

10.00am | Snorkelling / Glass-bottom boat

Safety brief done, time for fun!

Done the gear, Lycra sun suits in season, floatation devices, FINS and then our masks last.

Carefully enter the water via the duck-board for an amazing Snorkeling experience.

Once back on board cleanse the palate with an aussie beer!

11.00am | Cruise to Whitehaven Beach

Take a seat upstairs with the Captain or downstairs in the shade and enjoy the scenery

11.30pm | Arrive at Whitehaven Beach for BBQ lunch

Two hours scheduled to Chill, Dine, Play.

Take all your beach gear to the beach.

Towels, swimmers, sun glasses.

Famous BBQ served beside an esky full of ice cold beverages for your enjoyment.

The Menu consists of Aussie Rump Steaks, Sausages, Chilli Burgers, Saute’ Onions, Aussie Chefs Salad, Rice Salad and a Tropical Fruit Platter – and always enough for seconds!

Locally sauced melons and pineapples, tomatoes and fish for fish eaters!

Homemade Vegie Burgers or locally line caught fish can be ordered prior to the tour. You can bet one of the Captains caught the fish with Spanish Mackeral a favourite.

1.45pm | Depart Whitehaven Beach

The time has come to leave Whitehaven Beach.

2.00pm | Arrive Hill Inlet Lookout

Travel lightly to the lookout.

Thongs are ideal footwear.

Don’t forget your camera.

The highlight of the tour for many!

3.30pm | Depart Hill Inlet Lookout

Again take a comfortable seat and relax.

The last route back to Abell Point Marina is sometimes known as the booze cruise!

Try to stay awake and enjoy the scenery as we pass the Whitsunday islands for the last time today.

3.45pm | Cheese Platter served

What a lovely way to finish off the day with cheese and crackers……Wine please!

4.30pm | Arrive Abell Point Marina

After your great value day trip around the  Whitsundays Islands and Whitehaven Beach, it’s time to collect all your possessions and say our farewells.

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Included In Price

  • Courtesy Pick Ups & Drop Offs
  • AWESOME Aussie BBQ lunch on Whitehaven Beach
  • Morning Tea & Coffee with biscuits
  • Cruise full length of Whitehaven Beach
  • Guided walk to Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Snorkeling or Glass-bottom boat
  • All Snorkelling equipment including Fins!
  • Free Lycra Sun Suits in the summer season
  • Afternoon cheese platter
Departs From

Airlie Beach

Departure Time
  • 8am-8.30am Courtesy bus pick ups
  • 8.45am Departs from Abell Point Marina
  • 9am-4.30pm Cruise Whitsunday Islands
  • 4.45-5.30pm Returns (approx)
  • 5-5.30pm Courtesy bus drop offs
Departure Instructions

Whitehaven Beach snorkel tour departs from Coral Sea Marina | North Village near the roundabout.

Pickup Locations

Airlie Beach

  • Own Way passengers to arrive BEFORE 830am at the meeting place.
  • Bus Pick Up passengers, please arrive 5 minutes prior to pick up time.
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Hill Inlet Lookout
  • North Whitehaven Beach
  • South Whitehaven Beach
  • Hook Island
  • Whitsunday Island
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed 24-25-26 December


9.00am to 4.30pm
2 hours to swim, stroll, dine, chill on Whitehaven Beach

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Winter Suits
  • Go Pros
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

Please bring a camera, beach towel, sunscreen, swim suit, hat, refillable drink bottle, sunglasses. Perhaps a light jacket for the cooler days and winter months

  • Child rate applies to children age 4 to 14
  • Infant rate applies to children under 4

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.


  • Cancellations are accepted up until 25 hours prior to the tour. The FARE is non-refundable for cancellations made within 24 hours of the date of travel.
  • Changes to the date of travel can be made more than 24 hours prior to the date of travel, subject to availability.
  • We reserve the right to change or alter the tour as described on our website, without notice. Sites are weather permitting.
  • The tour may be cancelled by the operator, in the event that:
  • Minimum numbers are not achieved.
  • Strong Wind warnings or extreme rain conditions prevail.
  • Equipment failure is experienced.
  • Factors beyond our control s that prevent the normal operation of the tour.
  • In any such events, the tour operator’s liability will be limited to a full refund of any fare pre-paid.

Best Fun Deal Whitehaven Beach Tour

Departing: Airlie Beach

Pickup: Airlie Beach

Glass Bottom Boat - Beach Barbeque - Snorkel



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$130.00
Family: au$640.00

Tour Code: 763



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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