The Whitsundays is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and provides an immense variety of maritime activities. Day trips to the islands, Scuba diving or snorkel on some of the best reefs, fish for some beautiful reef fish, go deep sea game fishing for marlin or do a bareboat or crewed charter through one of the world's best cruising areas.

" Bareboat " Charters:

So you want to CHARTER YOUR OWN BOAT and cruise the Whitsundays ? Great way to have an independant holiday!!

The 74 islands of the Whitsundays group lay inside the great barrier reef, and form a further protective barrier which creates our safe, sheltered, world-famous sailing & cruising area. The prevailing onshore breezes (Southeast in winter, Northeast in Summer) make for excellent sailing, and there is always a nice little bay on a lee shore for calm, overnight anchorage. These bays have small beaches, with fringing coral offshore for snorkelling & generally produce reasonable fishing.

All vessels are fully equipped with linen, towels, galley & utensils, snorkelling gear, charts, lifejackets and a dinghy with outboard. All you need to bring is food,drink & CREW !!

There are currently over 200 vessels, from 26 ft sloops to 50 ft catamarans, and 12 "bareboat" companies operating here. As a FIERCELY INDEPENDANT TRAVEL AGENCY we deal with all of them and have no qualms about telling you whether a vessel is old, tired,or "just right for your needs". It COSTS NO MORE to book through us, and you get the benefit of our 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE in this area.

NOTE: As many of the BERTHS are "doubles", and some of these are 3/4 size V-berths only suitable for one adult or two children, it is important that you advise how many couples, adult singles & children there will be in your group. Thus informed, we are better able to recommend the right-sized vessel, at the "right" price.

QUALIFICATIONS: No qualifications or licences are required, but at least one of your group should have had some experience in the TYPE of vessel you choose - Dinghy or sabot sailing for yachts, driving a "tinnie" for motor-boats would suffice - you will be given a thorough briefing on the boat & the area before you depart, and then taken for a 'test-run'. SAILGUIDES or 'skippers' are available (at a fee) if you need a 'confidence-boost'.


Bareboating in the Whitsunday Islands


Fishing in the Whitsundays

Crewed Charters:
Crewed Charters in the Whitsundays

Sailing adventures depart daily for 3 to 6 days circumnavigating the Whitsunday islands on a vast fleet of cruising yachts, maxi - racers, catamarans, tall ships & square riggers - stopping several times a day to go ashore at the best coral reefs & beaches including our famous Whitehaven beach.

All vessels are fully crewed, and "hands-on" SAILING experience/training is offered by most. Average price for 3 days/2 nights is $349 in multi-share, private twin & double cabins, some with ensuite, some airconditiioning, and all including meals, snorkelling gear. SCUBA diving is available as an optional extra.

**Bonus** Book with us and receive a FREE underwater camera **

SCUBA Diving:

The protected waters of the Whitsundays contain some of the best fringing reef diving in the world, with the bonus of Marine Parks protected dive sites both around the islands and Great Barrier Reef. Certified, student and first-time divers are all safely catered for by several PADI accredited companies & their affiliated dive boats. Sail to the island reefs for the day or a fast day-cruise to the outer reef, or join an extended cruise by maxi yacht or motor cruiser for 3 days and 3 nights of full-on diving (including night dives) at the outer reef. Day trips (incl. gear), range from A$172, Extended Cruises from A$399 to A$499; Open water courses from A$385 to A$535. Need to know more? E-mail us your requirements. Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

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Whitsunday Travel Centre
6 Wambiri St,
Cannonvale, Queensland, Australia, 4802
Phone: +61 (07) 4946 6224
Email: whitrav@whitsunday.net.au