Getting around the Whitsundays

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 boat charters. A variety of quality operators in the Whitsundays call Abell Point Marina the base of their operation and provide a a full range of yachts, catamarans and motor cruisers of varying sizes for bareboat charter. While you don’t require a formal boat licence, to get the most out of the bareboat experience at least one of your party should have some boating experience and the whole crew need a sense of adventure and a bucket load of common sense!


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Charter Yachts Australia
T 07 4946 6666
Charter Yachts Australia operate a modern fleet of bareboat charter vessels from Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach. Charter Yachts Australia supply a great selection of yachts, catamarans and power catamarans ranging in sizes 32 to 46 feet to suit all requirements.

Cumberland Charter Yachts
T 07 4946 7500
Cumberland Charter Yachts has a large fleet boats based at Abell Point Marina, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Choose from quality range of sailing yachts, catamarans or powerboats, ranging in size from 32 to 47 feet.

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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? With the Australian operation based at Abell Point Marina, choose from a wide range of modern yachts, catamarans or motor cruisers.

Whitsunday Escape
T 07 4946 5222
Whitsunday Escape specialise in skipper yourself bareboat charters from their base at Abell Point Marina. With a range of yachts, catamarans and power boats to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.Whitsunday Escape is the proud winner of the GOLD Award for Unique Accommodation at the Australian Tourism Awards in 2014.

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 trip around the Whitsunday Islands, geared towards the 20-35 year old market. Our crew are committed to maximising your Whitsunday’s experience, from visiting pristine snorkeling spots, to exploring the beauty of Whitehaven Beach, to secluded anchorages at night. You will be amazed by the delicious home cooked meals that our crew whip up in our alfresco galley.

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 onboard a famous ex racing Maxi yacht. Included in all tours 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, set sail for your Whitsunday adventure. During the tour guests can be 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. 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.

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.Learn new skills from the fully experienced crew whilst sailing Tongarra through the calm waters.  Fitted sunbeds on a large deck invite you to lay back, relax and work on your tan. The friendly crew 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.

Oz Sail
T 1300 697 245
Offering two day two night sailing adventures around the Whitsundays on our professional ex-racing vessels, we have a tour to suit all needs. The itinerary includes snorkeling, visiting Whitehaven Beach, soaking up the sun and some adrenaline fueled sailing. With great food, good crew and good company enjoy everything that the Whitsundays has to offer on one of our fleet of vessels.

Day Tours

Departing daily from Abell Point Marina there are a range of day tours to help you experience all the Whitsundays has to offer. From tallship sailing yachts, to jet boats to hiring your own boat and exploring the marina surrounds, our commercial operators and tenants cater for all. Perfect for those travelling with limited time in the region. 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\’ in the Whitsunday\’s, Bali Hai Reef. Sail, explore, swim and snorkel with the most environmentally friendly cruise the Whitsunday\’s has to offer. Operating from Abell Point Marina this vessel is perfect for private charters or those wanting to escape the crowds.

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 Solway Lass. 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.

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, Big Fury will give you more time at magnificent Whitehaven Beach and more time to explore and snorkel. With a maximum of 36 guests on board, there is plenty of space and a more personalized cruise is assured!

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Ocean Rafting
T 07 4946 6848 
With multi award-winning Ocean Rafting you will experience the wild side of the Whitsundays, on a choice of two tours to Whitehaven Beach, pristine reef snorkelling and guided National Parks walks.  The vessels are super fast, allowing guests to experience a fun ride, adventure and education among 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 and with 180’s, 360’s, drifts and nose dives we are sure to make your day and your stay!

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T 0427 882 062
Providence V caters for day sails, sunset cruises and private charters departing from Abell Point Marina. This 62ft gaff rigged schooner is a traditional style vessel with all the old world charm. With day sails taking in Whitehaven Beach and Dumbell Island and sunset cruises heading out across Pioneer Bay this beautiful boat is perfect for all occasions.

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 smorgasbord lunch prepared fresh onboard. Eco Interpretive presentations by trained guides round out this fantastic and memorable day of discovery.

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 snorkeling or glass bottom boat viewing over coral at Mantaray Bay. A cheese platter is served on your homeward journey, so sit back and enjoy the day.

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.

Getting there by air

If getting out on the water is not your preference, perhaps a helicopter tour could be? Departing from Abell Point Marina you can charter your own private helicopter to Whitehaven Beach or the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy all same experiences you would, if you accessed these locations by sea. Feel like a VIP for the day and enjoy an ariel perspective in one of the most stunning locations in Australia. This experience is certainly one to tick off the Whitsunday bucket list.

Abell Point Marina Heli Pad

Getting there by air

Helireef – Abell Point Flight Collection
T:07 4946 9102
Providing a range of scenic tours and transfers, experience everything the Whitsundays has to offer from the air with Helireef From Whitehaven scenic flights landing on the beach and enjoying a sumptuous picnic, to scenics out to over heart reef with the opportunity to snorkel at a secluded anchorage, the team at Helireef cater for it all. Operating from our private helipads at Abell Point Marina, the Whitsundays by air really is an experience to add to your bucket list.