Whitehaven Beach | Hill Inlet & Snorkelling Tour |Whitsundays Sailing

Tour Code: 375

Departing: Airlie Beach

Hill Inlet - Snorkel tour
  • Sail to Hill Inlet to see the swirling sand of the Inlet and Whitehaven Beach on a high speed catamaran through the islands of the Whitsundays
  • Incuded is morning and afternoon tea and a delicious BBQ lunch
  • See one of the most photographed spots in the Whitsundays on a guided walk to Hill Inlet lookout overlooking Whitehaven Beach on the other side.
  • Approx. 45 minutes snorkelling at mesmarising fringing reefs in the Whitsundays amongst all the myriad of marine life and corals

Included In Price

  • Scenic return sailing adventure through the Whitsundays to Hill Inlet overlooking Whitehaven Beach
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Snorkelling the fringing reefs of the Whitsundays
  • Gourmet BBQ lunch, soft drinks and water
  • Beer, wine and cider from 10am
  • Snorkelling equipment and Lycra sun suits
  • Guided walk to Hill Inlet and lookout (tidal dependent)
  • Approx. 45 minutes snorkelling at surrounding fringing reef
  • Daydream Island Guests : Return Ferry transfers to Airlie Beach to meet Camira are included

Definitely one of our most popular one day Great Barrier Reef tours. Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, snorkelling the inner reef all on a world first, sleek high speed catamaran. Set sail onboard a first class voyage through Whitsunday Passage.

What to Expect

Embark on an exhilarating Whitsundays day tour adventure aboard Camira, an 85ft ocean-going catamaran that harnesses the wind to explore the Whitsundays. This sailing tour is designed for those who wish to experience the beauty of the Whitsundays, including views of the pristine Whitehaven Beach and a hike up to the mesmerising Hill Inlet lookouts combined with a snorkelling tour of the reef all in the one day.

Features and Highlights

Scenic Sailing Adventure:

  • Depart from Airlie Beach and enjoy the journey past Daydream, Hamilton, and Hook Islands. The tour's highlight is reaching the renowned Hill Inlet and taking a hike to the lookouts to see its swirling silica sands and overlooking Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, famous for its 7km stretch of dazzling white silica sand.

Guided Hike to Hill Inlet:

  • Follow the paths of the Whitsundays' traditional owners, the Ngaro people, with a guided hike to Hill Inlet lookout. This vantage point offers breathtaking views of the shifting sands and turquoise waters below. This is the place you call the money shot of the Whitsundays along with the iconic Heart Reef.

Snorkelling and Beach Exploration:

  • After our hike to Hill Inlet to see the shifting sands and Whitehaven Beach we depart once again to dive into the vibrant underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef at one of the Whitsundays fringing reefs. Snorkelling gear is provided to explore the rich marine biodiversity that makes this area a snorkeller's paradise. All snorkellers must be confident in the water as the tour operator does not provide floatation equipment.

Comfortable Seating:

  • Unwind on deck and lay in the sunshine or hide from the sun in the shade of the catamaran’s large galley saloon and covered deck areas. The catamaran is equipped with essential amenities to enhance your comfort during your Whitsundays snorkelling tour.

Day Tour Meals:

  • All meals are included, starting with morning tea and afternoon tea, followed by a BBQ lunch, soft drinks and water. Beer and wine from 11am.

Itinerary and Timing

  • Note itinerary may change subject to tidal conditions.
  • 8.15am
  • Departure: Begin your adventure by departing from Port of Airlie Beach, setting sail through the Whitsunday Islands
  • Morning Activities: Enjoy morning tea as we cruise along, then enjoy snorkelling to explore the underwater world of the fringing reef of the Whitsundays.
  • Afternoon Exploration: Pre or Post-lunch, we head to Hill Inlet for a guided hike to the lookouts, followed by more time to swim or relax on the beach.
  • Lunch: Relish a BBQ lunch prepared on board, with great options available.
  • Afternoon Relaxation: As the day winds down, enjoy the camaraderie of new friends or a quiet moment as the sun sets over the islands on your sail back to Airlie Beach.
  • 5.30pm
  • Return: Conclude your tour around 5:30 pm at Port of Airlie, filled with lasting memories and spectacular photos.
  • Note for Daydream Island guests: Depart from Daydream Island onboard the 7:35am ferry to Port of Airlie to meet Camira. You will be dropped back to Port of Airlie at the end of the day, from there you will catch the 7:00pm ferry to Daydream Island. *Ferry transfer is included in price.

Additional Information

  • Inclusions: Snorkelling gear, all meals and snacks, guided activities, and select beverages.
  • Due to the active nature of the tour, it is recommended for guests with a moderate level of fitness and is not suitable for infants.

Embark on this unforgettable journey to experience the Whitsundays in luxury and style, capturing the essence of this iconic destination.

Learn More: 

See all Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach tours 

Sailing on a Luxury Catamaran

Your Whitsundays sail boat today happens to be a world first in expansive deck area and awe-inspiring performance.

With sleek design and modern technology, this speedy catamaran binds the perfect balance of relaxation and exhilaration!

You can choose to recline in the saloon, or let the balmy breeze caress your skin while sightseeing from the deck.

Your friendly crew is there to cater to any need or request, and will offer sumptuous food and even a few fascinating facts about the area.

And since today doesn’t just involve a thrilling sailing expedition and the epitome of paradise on a tropical beach, but also a discovery of coral gardens, your crew will be on hand to share some snorkelling tips too!

An adventure through the Whitsunday Passage is an unforgettable journey...

Arrive at Hill Inlet Overlooking Whitehaven Beach

If there were an award for outstanding performance of tropical beauty, Whitehaven Beach would take out the Oscar for best beach year after year.

As it stands, the powder-fine, luminous shores and halo of azure waters surrounding Whitsunday Island is listed in the top 5 beaches on the entire planet.

As you approach glorious shores, you’ll see exactly why.

Whitehaven is a phenomenal fan of pure white sands and crystal-clear ocean.

The silica here acts as magic, and captures sunlight to reflect the azure and alabaster colours with jaw-dropping magnificence.

Both your eyes and spirit will be awed as you take in evergreen rainforest, feel silken sand under your feet and immerse yourself in the aqua-crystal waters.

Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for the enchanted beauty of its appearance, yet beneath the waters of the Whitsundays there lies endless magic too!

When your friendly crew suit you up with a snorkel and mask, and a few snorkelling tips to enhance your experience, you’ll have a direct looking glass into the fantasy below.

The reefs surrounding these islands are a sublime sanctuary of vivid coral gardens and the many amazing inhabitants that live there.

The stunning formations swirl with living colour in the form of breathtaking orange Clown fish (Nemo), and the turquoise delight of Parrot fish munching on coral.

On the cusp of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Passage is likewise a haven for sea-turtles, with the spectacular sights of whales and dolphins migrating from Antarctica during the cooler months!

Also keep your eyes peeled for a meandering dugong or a ‘fever’ of manta-rays!

Did you know you can also take a scenic flight over Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet and land on the beach? 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Airlie Beach

Departure Time
  • Departs Airlie Beach 8:15am Returns 5:30pm
  • Departs Daydrean Island 7.15am returns 4.30pm
Departure Instructions

DAYDREAM ISLAND GUESTS: Depart from Daydream Island onboard the 7:35 am ferry^ to Port of Airlie to meet the Camira vessel. You will be dropped back to Port Of Airlie at the end of the day, from there you will catch the 7:00pm ferry returning to Daydream Island. ^ferry transfer included in price

  • Hill Inlet
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Whitsunday Island
  • Hill Inlet
  • Whitsunday Island
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Operates Christmas and New Years Day


Ex Airlie Beach 9 hours
Ex Daydream Island 12 hours

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

  • Swimwear and towel
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and protective clothing
  • Light jacket/sweater for a cool or windy day
  • Camera
  • Swimwear and towel Sunscreen, hat and protective clothing Light jacket for a cool or windy day Camera to capture memories Water bottle

Due to the length and activity during the day this cruise is unsuitable for infants.

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:
Guest Amendments

  • Free of charge more than 48 hours prior to departure
  • Within 48 hours prior to departure, fare difference and third party amendment fees will be incurred

Guest Cancellation

  • Fully refundable up to 48 hours prior to departure
  • 100% cancellation fees apply within 48 hours of departure

Whitehaven Beach | Hill Inlet & Snorkelling Tour |Whitsundays Sailing

Tour Code: 375

Departing: Airlie Beach

Hill Inlet - Snorkel tour



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

Child: au$199.00
Family: au$769.00

Tour Code: 375



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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