Explore’s Sail & Snorkel Whitehaven & Chalkies Beach 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. On this day trip from Hamilton Island, you’ll experience all the beauty of this renowned region up-close, with a visit to the spectacular Whitehaven and Chalkies beaches. What you’ll love about Explore’s Sail & Snorkel experience: Cruise in style. After leaving Hamilton Island in the morning aboard this purpose-built sailing catamaran, you will spend your day cruising around the Whitsundays, visiting some of the world’s most iconic destinations. Discover Whitehaven Beach. Wander the white sands and take a dip at Whitehaven Beach - voted the ‘number one beach in Australia’ by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards. Enjoy a buffet lunch. Enjoy morning/afternoon tea & lunch. Build your own wraps and rolls with freshly made salads, leg ham, turkey and cooked king prawns is served as you cruise between Whitehaven Beach and Hazelwood Island to your snorkelling destination. Snorkel Chalkies Beach. Upon arrival, you'll be fitted out with excellent equipment and spend an hour or so discovering the underwater home of an array of exotic and diverse marine life - including turtles. Quality equipment. High quality Mares snorkelling gear is supplied, along with wetsuits/stinger suits and flotation jackets. If required, your tour guide can also provide personalised snorkelling assistance. Please Note: On the Edge Sailing catamaran is away for annual maintenance from the 16th July to the 29th of August and this tour will be operating on Explore's Pure Dive vessel. It will also be operating on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday's. Booking Request Details at a glance Opening hours Boarding time 8.15 am. Departs at 8.30 am (Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday only). Duration - 7 hours Please speak with the Tour Desk during winter months, as departure times may vary. Pricing Adult - $170 Minor (5-17yrs) - $95 Inclusions Delicious buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Snorkel equipment and instruction included. Sights and highlights Spend the day cruising and enjoying the incredible views from the deck of our 24 metre catamaran with shaded deck and lounge seating. Spend time relaxing on, and exploring, Whitehaven Beach, and snorkelling around Chalkies Beach. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, with a selection of cold meats, fresh prawns, salads and wraps. There are also rolls and drinks for kids, and morning and afternoon tea is included. All snorkelling equipment is provided - including a wetsuit, stinger suit and flotation jacket if required. Our friendly and experienced team can also provide personalised snorkelling instructions if required. Sample itinerary 8.45am - depart Hamilton Island Marina and sail to Whitehaven Beach. Morning tea. Visit Whitehaven Beach - spend time exploring the beach at your own pace. Enjoy lunch aboard the catamaran. Sail to Chalkies Beach. Snorkel in the waters surrounding Chalkies Beach. Afternoon tea. 3.30pm - return to Hamilton Island Marina. What to bring Hat Towel Sunscreen Camera Swimmers Cash or credit card for drinks. Flat-soled shoes or thongs (no high-heels). A light jacket or warm clothes for after swimming or if the weather becomes cool. Booking information Bookings are essential. Please visit the Tour Desk or call 07 4946 8305. How to get there Your trip departs from the Explore jetty marina arm A4, located opposite the ice cream parlour. Terms and Conditions All tours are subject to minimum numbers and to weather conditions and so may be cancelled at the discretion of the operator. We also reserve the right to alter the destination pending the weather for your safety and comfort. Times may also need to be changed due to tidal changes. The company will offer alternative days or refunds in the event of cancellations. We reserve the right to use other vessels should our On the Edge catamaran be unavailable for any reason. Cancellation policy - Cancelling before 12 midday the day prior to the cruise – no charge - Cancelling after 12 midday the day prior to the cruise – 50% charge - Cancelling after 5pm the day prior to the cruise, or no show at the boat – 100% charge. The information above should be used as a guide only. Activity/tour details, prices and timings are subject to change at any time. Snorkel or dive Great Barrier Reef Snorkel or dive Great Barrier Reef Explore some of the most pristine and secluded sections of the Great Barrier Reef with this unforgettable and exclusive day trip from Hamilton Island. Read more See all Great Barrier Reef 7 Jan Tales from the Wildlife Park Reef Magazine Whitehaven Beach by Helicopter $4,038 Discover the magic and splendour of world-famous Whitehaven Beach from above - with a luxurious helicopter tour, two nights' accommodation at qualia, and more.