Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

8 hours Airlie Beach, Australia

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Join us on the "Adventure of a lifetime" around the crystal clear turquoise and untouched waters of the Whitsunday Islands. Departing Airlie Beach you will board "Thundercat" a certified climate action leader and custom-built vessel to suit your next adventure - say goodbye to seasickness!

During this action-packed day you will explore the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, climb to Hill Inlet lookout and snorkel two epic locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Of course, during all of these activities, we will also provide snacks, water and a buffet-style lunch !!
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Stop At: Red Cat Adventures, Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802 Australia

Set sail for a day of swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing in the Whitsundays on this full-day tour with Red Cat Adventures. Cruise around the islands on Thunder Cat, a high-speed catamaran, and discover the colorful underwater world of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef as you stop at two snorkeling hotspots. You will cruise at high speeds to Hill Inlet Lookout and take the famous walk to the lookout for stunning views of Whitehaven Beach. After taking some magical photos you can enjoy some beach time and dip your toes in the crystal clear water.

Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Whitehaven Beach, 4802 Australia

We stop at the famous Whitehaven Beach where you can dip your toes in the crystal clear water.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Whitsunday Islands, Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Australia

Enjoy two snorkeling opportunities on the fringing Great Barrier Reef in crystal clear waters.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stop At: Hill Inlet Hill Inlet Whitsunday Island National Park Whitehaven Beach, 4802 Australia

Take the famous walk to the lookout for stunning views of Whitehaven Beach

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Expert Local driver/guide with live commentary on board
  • Pickup & drop-off from designated meeting points. This tour does NOT pickup from Hamilton Island.
  • All activities and use of snorkeling equipment
  • National Park fees
  • Buffet Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Red Cat Adventures


  • Drinks
  • Prescription Masks

Departure Point

Coral Sea Marina North End - Meeting Point B, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Please contact us on hours prior to departure to confirm a courtesy pick up time from your accommodation

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Unfortunately we are unable to cater to dietary requirements. If our menu is not satisfactory passengers are welcome to bring their own snacks.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • *Red Cat Adventures has a strict COVID-19 risk assessment and has implemented this across all products as per QLD government regulations.


15 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Christine H July 2021

Had a gr8 day with 2 great snorkeling adventures and thr trip to Hill Inlet and Whitehaven were awesome - our guide and driver knowledgeable and very accommodating

Roslyn May 2021

The entire package was fantastic
The lookout from the platform breathtaking and swimming with the sting rays

Arleen May 2021

Wonderful staff Emily and Mark. Very lively during the entire activity. Knowledgeable about the marine life and the surrounding islands. Warm and friendly and they made sure everyone's safe onboard and while snorkeling. Buffet lunch was good. Tiny restroom though in the boat

Charlotte E February 2020

A must do trip visiting the Whitsundays! Very impressed by the fact we were able to be picked up from Daydream Island! Seats were saved for us and we were introduced straight away to our hosts Amy and Captain Mick, who warmly greeted us to our group. We started by going over to Whitsunday Island where Amy explained to us she would be at X then Y but allowed us to have choice of what we wanted to do. Up on the hill inlet, Amy was informative, providing us with information some others may not have received. On the whole we had plenty of time on the island - the perfect amount that meant we could do and see all we wanted to and not start to get bored! From here we had some lunch whilst looking for turtles and even for a vegetarian, my dietary needs were covered greatly! I was very impressed by the quantity and quality of food (which I must admit, prior to the trip I was a bit worried about!). Even the snacks offered throughout the day, the delicious brownies and fruits sticks, were lovely! (Note that drinks are available to purchase onboard at a reasonable price too!)
After lunch we made our way to our snorkelling spots and this was definitely something spectacular! We made two stops - one focusing on seeing different types of fish and one focussing on the coral. It was amazing to see two different parts of the reef, and in my opinion both as spectacular! They have really done a great job of picking these locations! All in all it was one of my best days in Australia so far, and a big thank you to Amy and Mick who helped make the day such a success! You guys were great!

anicolai October 2018

Service, pick-up, boat, crew, meals and the spots for snorkelibg were great. We had enough time to visit whithaven beach....great.

Mary Lee M March 2018

Wow what a fun filled adventure. two 45 min snorkeling stops a great tour of Whitsunday beach and lookout. plus a very healthy and fresh lunch. our guide and bout driver were fun and friendly.

Peter B September 2017

Snorkelling spots were very good, and the lads Cam and Mick do a fine job for the day. Can't go wrong with this day tour. Top notch.

Eva T November 2016

This is definately a very very good tour. Groups are the right size and the day it's worth the money.
Very well organized and right timing in all the places visited. Exceptional snorkeling and good choice of food also for vegetarians.
It's a must do!

Ann B August 2016

We had a brilliant day. Very helpful staff. Comfortable boat. Excellent food. Great snorkelling. Good value.

David Kirwan May 2021

On a perfect day I am sure this adventure would be great. Unfortunately we picked a day when there was strong winds. The other unfortunate thing is we were being polite and allowing others to board meaning when we boarded the only available seats left were at the front. This resulted in us being exposed to the sun more, the bumps of the boat hitting the waves and subsequently being drenched. Being constantly made wet and the wind resulted in a shivering from the cold all day. I guess you can’t help the weather. The guides were good, but a heads up about where we were sitting and what was in stall would have been appreciated as I probably would not have proceeded on the trip. It has been decades since I have done an adventure like this in Australia. When compared to overseas experiences if you were unfortunate enough to get the worst seats on the boat they would ready you with perhaps a rain coat or something. So my tip is make sure you board the boat first and grab a seat midway down the boat. This is best spot. Protected more from the elements.

Nancy O July 2016

Had a wonderful day on the water. 3 generations of our family. Whitehaven was the high point and the snorkelling was amazing.

Sandra B June 2016

Fantastic Day Trip with cool people. Whitehaven was a stand out and snorkelling a close second. Would recommend in a flash.

JEANNE D October 2015

The tour was exciting and beautiful. The only complaint I had was the reef we saw had big dead spots, and of course since the wind had been blowing, the water was not very clear. Otherwise a fun and fabulous day.

Dennis V February 2018

Nice day on the water and the captain and guide were great guys. However, if you are expecting a snorkeling trip to the great Barrier reef choose another option. One stop is at a marginal reef area about a 30 minute ride and the second is at fish feeding station where you wait until other boats finish at the spot.

lucinchan January 2018

Highlight in this trip was to visit the Whitsundays island and beach with the soft sand. Our captain and skipper were somewhat energised, and I felt like I was in a commercial with all superlative comments. But it didnt bother me, this is only imformation.
The snorkelling was so so, if you really want to see nice reefs and fish then you have to go to Cairns and go to the outer reefs as northen as possible. This trip didnt supply with fins and the latest equipment.
Maybe if youre under 30 and havent travelled a lot then you would rate this higher. But if youre an experienced globetrotter and reef-lover then you opt for something else.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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