How to get out there

The Whitsundays offers a diverse range of tours from land, sea and air, the problem will be choosing! Choose from day trips, overnight tours and multiple night adventures to suit your wildest dreams of discovering the stunning natural beauty of the Whitsundays and islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Skipper Yourself

Bareboating’ is the term used for skipper yourself charters. A variety of operators in the Whitsundays provide a flotilla of yachts, catamarans and motor launches of varying sizes for bareboat charter. While you don’t require a licence, to get the most out of the bareboat experience, at least one of your party should have some boating experience.


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Charter Yachts Australia
T 07 4946 6666
Charter Yachts Australia operate a modern fleet of 22 “Skipper Yourself” charter vessels from Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach. Great selection of Yachts, Sailing & Power Catamarans ranging in sizes 32 to 46 feet. This is your chance to “Throw the dock lines, plot a course and sail off in search of adventure and discover 74 Whitsunday Islands”.

Cumberland Charter Yachts
T 07 4946 7500
Cumberland Charter Yachts has a fleet of 23 boats based in Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Choose from Sailing Yachts, Catamarans or Powerboats, ranging in size from 32 to 47 feet.

 Queensland Yacht Charters
Queensland Yacht Charters
T 07 4946 7400
Dream Yacht Charter is everywhere you want to sail. With 33 locations worldwide and more than 450 boats to choose from the hardest part is deciding where to next? That’s what we are here for…to assist you in deciding where to take your next Dream Charter Holiday.

Whitsunday Escape
T 07 4946 5222
Whitsunday Escape is the proud winner of the GOLD Award for Unique Accommodation at the Australian Tourism Awards on 7 February 2014.  Whitsunday Escape specialise in skipper yourself bareboat charters.

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Whitsunday Yacht Charters
T 07 4946 4557 www.whitsundayyachtcharters.com.au  
Whitsunday Yacht Charters is an exciting bareboat charter company servicing the Whitsundays. We are proud to offer a modern fleet of the finest presented charter boats in the area.

Crewed Overnight Sailing Tours

The Whitsundays has an extensive array of maxi yachts, modern catamarans and traditional tallships for overnight sailing. You can take an active part in the sailing or you can lie back and relax and let the crew do the work. Tours last from 1 to 6 nights and offer varying accommodation from open plan bunks to private ensuited cabins. Includes all meals and snorkelling and some offer diving as an optional extra


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Magic Whitsundays – Habibi
T: 0418 782 266
Habibi operates a 2 day 2 night sailing cruise around the Whitsunday Islands, geared towards the 20-35 year old market. Our crew are committed to maximising your Whitsunday’s experience, from visiting the most pristine snorkelling spots, to exploring the beauty of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet lookout, to secluded anchorages at night. Get involved, hoist the sails and feel the boat come alive! Some of our guests have experienced their first snorkel on board Habibi and have ended up addicted to underwater sightseeing as a result! You will be amazed by the delicious home cooked meals that our crew whip up in our alfresco galley. Our energetic and professional crew go out of their way to please our guests, ensuring non-stop fun from start to finish.

T: 07 4946 7533
Prosail offers a variety of sailing adventures for guests from all age groups, all walks of life and across the globe join Prosail for sailing holidays that allow for the passenger to explore lush tropical islands, spectacular coral reefs plus the abundant sea and bird life of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, onboard a famous ex racing Maxi yacht, an experience not offered anywhere else in the world. Included with a Prosail tour are freshly prepared meals, genuine hospitality, and fresh linen, high standards of vessel presentation, equipment and professionally qualified crew.

Southern Cross Sailing Adventures
T 07 4946 4999
Southern Cross Sailing Adventures offer Maxi and Adventure sailing options. Exploring beautiful locations such as Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island, Mantaray Bay and Nara Inlet at Hook Island. During the tour guests can get involved and learn the sailing basics, swim and snorkel the fringing reefs and there are also scuba diving options available.

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T 07 4948 0263
Summertime, a classic timber sailing ketch with all modern comforts. Enjoy the ambiance of traditional sailing in ultimate comfort as Summertime sails the sparkling waters of the Whitsundays. Handcrafted in 1945 by master shipwrights, Summertime has been lovingly restored and immaculately maintained. While retaining all of her old world charm, the boat also boasts a freshwater Jacuzzi and is fully air conditioned. The trips offer a range of activities including scuba diving, sailing, snorkelling, bushwalking and a guided kayak tour. A Summertime voyage is a full three day, two night Whitsunday cruise. Summertime sails around one of the world’s premier holiday destinations, The Whitsunday Islands are regarded as a sailor’s paradise. The close proximity of the 74 islands provides endless shelter and snug overnight anchorages, so now all you need is a great sailing boat to complete this picture.

T 07 4948 3158
Swim in the crystal clear waters and snorkel the sheltered bays. Leave your footprints on the stunning white sand and coral beaches. Play on our beautiful Whitehaven Beach and enjoy a guided walk through the Australian bush. Learn new skills from the fully experienced crew by participating in hands on sailing while Tongarra slices through the calm waters.  Fitted sunbeds on a large deck invite you to lay back, relax and work on your tan.  The friendly crew love to keep passengers entertained but we invite you to enjoy this unique experience at your own pace.

Whitsunday Catamarans
T 1300 797 783
With a variety of catamarans available to suit your holiday needs. We take great pride in our commitment to our passengers for providing a wonderful sailing experience around the world famous Whitsunday islands. Our catamaran sailing holidays will be one of the most memorable things you can do, sailing through such a stunning environment you will be captivated by the serenity of the Whitsundays.

Day Tours

From the aqua blue waters of the Whitsundays, you can visit some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. An abundance of marine life and coral gardens brings the under water world of the Whitsundays to life.


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Aussie Yachting – S.V.Domino
T 07 4948 0084
S.V.Domino: Day sail to the ‘Best kept secret’ of the Whitsunday’s, Bali Hai Reef, located in the Whitsunday group of islands in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia.Bali Hai Reef, the most exclusive pristine reef in the Whitsunday Islands, sail, explore, swim and snorkel with the most environmentally friendly cruise the Whitsunday’s has to offer. 14.8 nautical miles from Abell Point Marina is ‘Bali Hai’ is a tropical secluded paradise with magnificent fringing reef. Experience real sailing in the Whitsunday’s aboard Domino. Meeting time & place: 8.45am Northern Abell Point Marina Meeting Point.

Magic Whitsundays – Big Fury
T 0418 782 266
Big Fury is a custom designed, 900hp jet boat that operates daily from Abell Point Marina. Thanks to her speed, over the course of the day, Big Fury will take you past over 38 of the Whitsunday Islands and will give you more time at magnificent Whitehaven Beach and more time to explore and snorkel the underwater world of the coral reef. The Big Fury treatment will leave you totally in awe with the magnificent Whitsunday Islands, the boat and her crew! Our crew live and breathe boats and the water and know the Whitsunday islands like the back of their hand and just love to share their local knowledge with fellow “Furyians”. With a maximum of 36 guests on board, there is plenty of space and a more personalized cruise is assured! A big buffet picnic style lunch is included, as well as a courtesy bus transfer from your accommodation.

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Ocean Rafting
T 07 4946 6848
Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsundays, offering two exhilarating tours to Whitehaven Beach, pristine reef snorkelling and guided National Parks walks.  The semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast, allowing guests to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the beauty of the Whitsundays.

Pioneer Jet Whitsundays
T 1800 335 975
Pioneer Jet Whitsundays Offers Jet-boat Thrill Rides in Airlie Beach’s Picturesque Pioneer Bay, Crammed Full of adrenaline pumping action this is the Ultimate Scenic tour. You will see the Best of Airlie from the Water, Multi-million dollar mansions, our native wildlife and even a Ship Wreck! With 180’s, 360’s, drifts and nose dives we are sure to make your day and your stay!

Tall Ship Adventures
T 07 4946 7124
Set sail aboard the classic Tallship Derwent Hunter for a day cruise in the sheltered waters of the Whitsunday Islands. Learn the ropes, snorkel on pristine coral reef or just relax and enjoy the all inclusive smorgasbord lunch, morning and afternoon tea prepared fresh onboard. Eco Interpretive presentations by trained guides round out this fantastic and memorable day of discovery. Stable under sail and offering extensive shaded seating areas Derwent Hunter is the perfect day out for all ages.

Australian Tall Ship Cruises
Tours offer plenty of variety, from sailing, to swimming, snorkelling, taking guided islands walks or beachcombing and scuba diving is available on Whitsunday Magic. Our knowledge of the Whitsunday Islands & the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will help ensure that a visit to this magnificent area will provoke wonderful memories, photos to show & stories to tell long after your tour is over.

Tornado Dive
T 07 4946 4999
Tornado Dive offers Introductory or Certified Divers the chance to experience the beautiful reef structures in the Whitsundays.

Whitehaven Xpress
T 07 4946 1585
Whitehaven Xpress cruises daily to Whitehaven Beach from Abell Point Marina. Your full day cruise includes courtesy pick up, a BBQ lunch at Whitehaven Beach, a walk to Hill Inlet scenic lookout and snorkelling or glass bottom boat viewing over coral at Mantaray Bay. A cheese platter is served on your homeward journey and on arrival at Abell Point Marina our courtesy bus returns you to your accommodation.

Whitsunday Boat & Jetski Hire
Whitsunday Boat and Jetski Hire
T 0457 444 737
Explore, fish or just relax in the beautiful waters of Pioneer Bay off Airlie Beach with your own 4.2 metre “Smartwave” boat. The self-drive hire boats have a 10hp Honda 4 stroke motor and are available for half or full day hires. No experience is necessary and no license is required. Stand up paddle boards are also available for hire.

Whitsunday Jetski Tours
Whitsunday Jetski Tours
T 0459 538 754
Whitsunday Jetski Tours operates guided jetski tours from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands. The morning ‘Airlie Adventure’ explores Pioneer Bay off Airlie Beach and the afternoon ‘Daydream Extreme’ tour is for the more adventurous, with open water jetskiing and a visit to Daydream Island, lunch and a choice of activities included. No licence or experience is necessary.


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