In early November, Travel Weekly had the privilege of embarking on the Cruise Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill & Grill adventure. The excursion was an eleven-hour sojourn into adventure and natural splendour, offering a perfect fusion of repose and exploration.
The day kicked off in the bustling hub that is Airlie Beach where we were picked up by our Captain, guests have the choice to bask in the sun outside or play it sun safe indoors. Whichever you choose, one thing is certain, panoramic views of the crystal waters and coral sea as you absorb knowledge from the crew on board about how to best enjoy the day.
The Postcard-Perfection of Hill Inlet
Our boat anchored at Tounge Bay, the starting point of our moderate hike to the lookout, where the views just kept getting better as we approached Hill Inlet. A natural masterpiece of swirling sandbars and deep blues and greens appeared beneath us, a truly mesmerising view! We spent a couple of hours soaking up in the sun, exploring the shallow waters, and walking along the inlet’s silken sands.
Whitehaven Beach: A Surreal Oasis
The grandeur continued as we set foot on the pristine Whitehaven Beach, which is composed of 98 per cent pure silica. The sand is some of the whitest in the world, and the seven-kilometre stretch provides ample room for leisure or engaging in beachside revelry, orchestrated by the crew. The sun-soaked afternoon unfurled with an array of waterfront activities, from snorkelling to guided strolls and beach games. The crew, a blend of professionalism and charm, ensured accessibility and safety for all participants.
This experience was elevated through offerings of a variety of food and beverage choices, seamlessly woven into the day. The crew also presented a beachside barbecue with a range of locally sourced and homemade ingredients to satiate us after a long day of exploring.
Eco-conscious and Responsible Fun
Cruise Whitsundays is a champion of eco-conscious initiatives, a gratifying nod to responsible tourism, ensuring the sanctity of Whitehaven Beach for generations to come.
While onboard, the crew explained to guests the importance of preserving the pristine haven that is Whitehaven Beach, imploring guests to respect marine life and adhere to sustainable practices.
As the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the ocean with hues of amber, our return to Airlie Beach marked the end of an extraordinary day on the water. The Cruise Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill & Grill experience is a perfect blend of nature and relaxation, executed by a crew dedicated to curating nothing short of the perfect day.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day exploring the incredible landscapes of the islands and would recommend this outing to anyone looking for a quintessential Whitsunday experience.
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