Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach Itinerary.

A typical itinerary for Whitehaven Xpress of our Whitehaven Beach Tour from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Snorkelling | Glass-bottom boat tour.

8.00am | Free Bus Pick Ups

Our Whitehaven Xpress 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, please do allow enough time to make your way to our Meeting Place before 830am.

Please do ensure you have let us know where to pick you up from before the tour date.

8.30am | Check-In

Once dropped off by your driver at Abell Point Marina, our Captain & Crew will take it from there.

A quick check in and collection of tickets or payment of any outstanding monies.

Lastly a completion of some necessary information on a tablet and we are then on our way to Whitehaven Xpress for Boarding.



9.00am | Departure

We depart the Coral Sea Marina slowly whilst giving a Safety Briefing and explanation of the days Itinerary.

Once the information is given and everyone is relaxed we throttle upto cruising speed of 20 knots on route to our first destination.

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

Our Itinerary is based primarily on the tides and secondly on the weather. Snorkeling at High tide is not great, likewise seeing the 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 Whitehaven Xpress is a comfortable experience.

One of our “Points of Difference” is the Indoor | Outdoor | Upstairs seating options available. You can even walk around the Whitehaven Xpress 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 Arnotts Creams, Scotch Fingers and Ginger nuts. (GF catered for).

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

10.00am | Snorkelling / Glass-bottom boat

Safety brief done, time for fun!

Done the gear, stinger 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.

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

Polish your rings in the silica sand however protect your cameras from the sand.

1.45pm | Depart Whitehaven Beach

The time has come to leave Whitehaven Beach.

Whats next?

2.00pm | Arrive Hill Inlet Lookout

Travel lightly to the lookout.

Thongs are ideal footware.

Don’t forget your camera.

The hilight 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 day trip around the  Whitsundays Islands including Whitehaven Beach, its time to collect all your poccessions and say our farewells.

Time for a shower and another Vino or Cold beer!

4.30pm | Arrive Coral Sea Marina

After your day trip around the  Whitsundays Islands including Whitehaven Beach, its time to collect all your poccessions and say our farewells.

Time for a shower and another Vino or Cold beer!

What to Bring

– Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen.

– Swim wear and Towel.

– Bottle for refills. (we do sell bottled also)

– Cash for on board purchases.

– Light jacket or jumper.

*For hire – Winter suits & Gopros.


What Is Included

– Free Bus Pick Ups & Drop Offs.

– Morning Tea & Coffee with biscuits.

– Aussie BBQ Lunch.

– Two hours at Whitehaven Beach.

– Guided Walk to Hill Inlet Lookout.

– Snorkel equipment.

– Glass-bottom boat.

– Afternoon Cheese Platter.

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