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Hamilton Island: Whitehaven and Chalkies Sail & Snorkel Tour

Product ID: 192054
Travel from Hamilton Island and enjoy a full-day cruise to 2 stunning destinations. Visit the famous Whitehaven Beach, stroll along the shore, and take stunning pictures. Snorkel the inner Great Barrier Reef and discover various types of marine life.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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  • Visit the iconic Whitehaven Beach and stroll across the white sands
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, and see a stunning underwater world
  • Glide over the water on a sailing catamaran, enjoying a delicious buffet lunch
Full description
Cruise in style and climb aboard this purpose-built sailing catamaran. Spend your day cruising around the Whitsundays, visiting some of the world’s most iconic destinations. With its turquoise water, plentiful marine life and pure silica sand, it’s easy to see why the Whitsundays is considered one of the most picturesque natural regions in the world.

Experience all the beauty of this renowned region up-close, with a visit to the spectacular Whitehaven and Chalkies beaches. Discover Whitehaven Beach and wander the white sands, take a dip and relax on Australia's number 1 beach.

For lunch, build your own wraps and rolls with a selection of cold meats, fresh prawns and sliced salads, as you cruise between Whitehaven Beach and Hazelwood Island to your snorkelling destination. Snorkel Chalkies Beach and spend an hour or so discovering the underwater home of an array of exotic and diverse marine life, including turtles.
  • Morning/afternoon tea and lunch
  • High-quality snorkelling gear
  • Wetsuits/stinger suits
  • Flotation jackets
What’s Not Included
  • Extra snacks
  • Drinks from the bar

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the local partner's shop (located on Front Street next to the pizzeria). Please be at the shop 15 minutes prior to boarding.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• There are toilets and showers on-board.
• On occasion different destinations are chosen to provide the most enjoyable day possible. These options will be explained prior to departure.
• Please note as you need to enter the water to enjoy the reef, this cruise is not suitable for those that cannot swim.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 57 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The boat trip to chalkies and Whitehaven Beach also the Staff were excellent sadly the tides were 4metres so we were unable to see anything of the reef. it would have been nice to be told this or maybe go to a reef on low tide so we all could enjoy some of the beauties of the reef. We have been to the reef in different areas many times and have enjoyed the reef and wildlife. Sadly we saw nothing this time and our boat had a lot of British tourists on board who were very upset that they were unable to see anything...... we saw more wildlife walking around the shallows of Hamilton Island.

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February 12, 2020

The tour was great! Expect a LOT of time in the sun so bring sunscreen. Meals/snacks were good quality and the crew was great. Only negative was that we only had about an hour on Whitehaven Beach & less than an hour snorkeling. I think it would've been better if the focus was more on docking to let guests hang at the beach and snorkel, vs a short trip to each.

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January 17, 2020

Sensational Day!

We had a fantastic day, the highlight of our holiday! We can’t recommend this day tour more highly. The Explore catamaran is a beautiful craft to spend your day on, the staff are brilliant, Whitehaven beach is so spectacular you almost can’t believe it is real and snorkeling at Chalkies beach was such a sea life experience. I was so excited to spend 20 minutes swimming above a green sea turtle over the reef!

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September 30, 2019

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Explore Group Australia

Product ID: 192054