We provide all meals and some snacks on your Whitsunday cruise. Tea/coffee and water are also provided, however alcoholic drinks are up to you. There is a bottleshop quite close to the Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach, and more expensive options on Hamilton Island.
We will discuss any special dietary needs with you, but a boat has limited cupboard and refrigeration space so there may not be a huge range of options available.
XTsea is able to travel out to the reef itself, however for a comfortable visit the weather has to be quite moderate. This means little or no wind, so we’ll most likely be motoring there. It’s a fair trip, and takes a lot of time.
The Whitsunday Islands are packed with spots to experience. Whitehaven Beach is a must-see, and the walk up to the lookout over Hill Inlet from Tongue Bay is also a treat. The bays across the top of Hook Island are wonderful, and with clear skies the night stars over the pacific are spectacular.
We’ll discuss with you what you want to see and do and work with the weather to tick all your boxes.
Climate in the Whitsundays during June to September is normally a minimum of 17 and a maximum of 22. June averages 9 days with rain, with July and August averaging 5. We can’t guarantee glorious weather every day, but the averages say the weather is usually pretty good.
Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach?
You have a few choices getting to and from the Whitsunday area. Airlie Beach is the township located on the mainland, and is serviced by the airport at Proserpine or you could always make the long drive there. Hamilton Island also has an airport and the experience of dropping down onto their short landing strip is not to be missed.
If you are on Hamilton Island and wish to get to the mainland, the ferry trip takes 45 minutes or so, and costs upwards of $50 per person. Getting to the mainland allows you to explore Airlie Beach, and there are plenty of shops and accommodation available.
Choosing to depart on a cruise from Hamilton Island puts you that little bit closer to the best parts of the near islands, especially Whitehaven Beach. You’ll also save the cost of the ferry trip(s).
Pack light! Space on board is SEVERELY limited, so only a small and hopefully soft carry-on sized bag is all you should bring. We supply stinger-suits and snorkel/masks. One pair of sturdy shoes to wear ashore is recommended.