Whitehaven beach and Hill inlet are uniquely beautiful and seeing them is worth taking any trip.
That said, the trip with Providence V may not be the best choice. The trip lasted 9 hours, of which 7 were spent on the boat - the remaining 2 were split between 2 stops: 1.5h for Whitehaven beach/Hill inlet and 0.5h for snorkeling. The 7 hours spent on the boat were quite boring - some sunbathing, snacks and limited views; also NO SAILING - the entire journey was engine-based (the boat wouldn’t have made it on time by sail, as it is not really geared to sail with moderate wind and is just a downsized replica of an old ship). The 2 hours spent sightseeing were rather rushed and we would have preferred to spend double the time to really enjoy the stops. Also, note that this tour visits the North end of Whitehaven beach (apparently also known as Betty’s beach), not the main strip.
See below the operators reply to our remarks: “Whitehaven Beach is 7km long, and we categorise the beach into two ends - the South end, and the North end (which is also known as Bettys Beach). The North end of Whitehaven Beach, also known as Bettys Beach, is where Hill Inlet is located, and where a lot of the Whitehaven Beach day tours visit. It is still part of the famous Whitehaven Beach with those pure silica white sands. The owner of the vessel did advise that in the morning there were no winds which did not allow for any sailing time.”