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Whitehaven Beach Day Sailing

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Sail. Snorkel. Relax. This sailing offers a full day exploring the best of the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Hill Inlet Lookout and Whitehaven Beach. There is also plenty of time for a snorkel at one of the fringing reefs teaming with tropical marine life and abundant corals.

Whitehaven Beach Day Sailing
From$189 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Tongue Bay
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Dumbell Island
  • Snorkeling stop

Tour Info

Code SC-D1
  • Sailing
Duration 1 Day
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Child( 4 - 14 yr) -$99

Vehicle Ship
Suitability 18+ Years
Start Airlie Beach @ 08.00 am
Finish Airlie Beach @ 05.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Sail. Snorkel. Relax. This sailing offers a full day exploring the best of the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Hill Inlet Lookout and Whitehaven Beach. There is also plenty of time for a snorkel at one of the fringing reefs teaming with tropical marine life and abundant corals.

Whether traveling alone, part of a group or with your family, this tour suits those looking to experience the Beaches, Islands and Reefs of the Whitsundays.

There is space on board to relax on the deck, or take a seat in the shaded cockpit. For guests interested in helping to sail, the crew ask for volunteers to help hoist the sails, or you can just simply relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Southern Cross is a racing legend, being built for the America's Cup as Australia's 4th Challenger, with sail number KA4 and beating the competing nations to win the right to race against the American's at Newport Rhode Island.

Today, while Southern Cross still holds the spirit of a racing yacht, modifications have been made to make it comfortable for guest charters, with features such as a shaded cockpit, downstairs lounge area, dining table and guest bathroom.




Departs 8am returns 5:15 to 5:30pm.

With a coach pickup from your accommodation house to the marina, we depart from Abell Point Marina at 8am.

Enjoy morning tea and crew commentary of the surrounding islands, then before you know it, we have arrived at our first destination, Tongue Bay on Whitsunday Island.

Using the tender, guests transfer in groups over to the beach, and then one of the crew will guide guests along the path to the Hill Inlet Lookout. Here guests take in the spectacular view of Australia's number one beach, marvel at the shimmering swirling sands covered by crystal clear waters. Don't forget to ask the guide to take pictures of you with this famous background.

You will then have time to explore the beach, before being welcomed back onboard with a delicious lunch. Setting sail once again for the voyage to our snorkel location. Snorkel equipment and stinger suits will be issued, before the crew provide a snorkel briefing and instruction on the snorkelling site. With temperatures rarely dropping lower than 21°C, this is a very comfortable snorkel location, with tropical fish and corals blanketing the ocean floor, the odd turtle and dolphin also can't resist saying hello.

Around 3:30pm we set sail for Airlie Beach, switching off the engine and by the power of wind sailing across the Whitsunday Passage. The crew will serve afternoon fruit and cheese platters. Arriving back in Abell Point Marina between 5-5:30pm, and our courtesy coach will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation.

Please be aware, this itinerary may change if the winds are strong. While most of the year we enjoy prevailing S.E trade winds, sailing is also dependent on the winds.

Meet at Abell Point Marina South End at 7:45am

Depart from Abell Point Marina at 8:00am

Sail across the Whitsunday Passage

Sail by Hook Island and through Hook Passage

Arrive at Tongue Bay, around 11:00am

Take a guided walk to the lookout over Whitehaven Beach

Follow the path along a board walk down to the Beach

Time to explore the beach and enjoy the pure white sands


In the afternoon, it is time to head back to the yacht for lunch

After lunch motor over to Dumbell Island, just a short trip away,

Time for a snorkel and swim on the amazing coral reefs.

Back on board, and its time to set sail and cross the passage

heading back to Airlie Beach. Arrive in the marina 5:15 to 5:30pm

** The Itinerary will vary, based on the weather and tides and professional judgement of the Captain. Sometimes, we do not make it to Hill Inlet, however we have terrific alternate weather option itineraries available.




** Morning Tea

Fruit platter, biscuits, tea and coffee

** Lunch

Sandwich buffet consisting of cold meats and salads, bread rolls and bread for you to select your own fresh lunch. Tea and Coffee

** Afternoon Tea

Lamingtons, fruit platter with tea and coffee

Please note : Menu is a guide and may change due to seasonal produce. Please inform reservations of any dietary requirements at time of booking.

This is a BYO alcohol vessel (no glass or red wine)


  • Depart from Abel Point Marina at 8:00am
  •  Check in the day before evening to collect your voucher Shop 1,4 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach or you must call the operation to reconfirm. 


  • Ticket includes: 
  • Full Day Sailing, 
  • Guided Island Walk,
  • Beach visit, 
  • Snorkeling Excursion.
  •  Morning Tea,Lunch, Afternoon Tea. 
  • Snorkel, Masks, Wet-suit and
  • Instruction, 
  • Marine and National Park Fees. 

What to Bring

  • Swimmers, 
  • Sunglasses, 
  • Sunscreen, 
  • Hat,
  • Sweater (if weather is cool), 
  • Towel, 
  • Camera, 
  • Cash for Drinks. 
  • Guests may also bring water & snacks.


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