Sailing

Whether you’re a keen sailor, or just eager to feel wind in your hair as you sail into the sunset, there’s an adventure to suit in Queensland’s ultimate sailing destination – The Whitsundays. 

Bareboat

Did you know that The Whitsundays is the only place in the world where you can rent a multi-million-dollar sailing yacht without a licence? Yep, you can be your own captain and navigate the 74 islands of the Whitsundays on your very own private sailing adventure.

While bareboating is fairly straight forward and a romantic adventure your significant other can be incredible, having a larger crew will help, especially if this is your first bareboating holiday. So, assemble your crew and enjoy the fun.

Skippered boat

Be guided around the Whitsundays with your own talented skipper. Kick back, spread out and relax on the deck as you decide where to next. Do what you want, when you want.

If you’re up for some extra fun, your skipper can teach you the basics of sailing and give you a chance to get behind the wheel.

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Public Tours

Ranging from budget backpacker party boats to family-friendly getaways, you can opt for a public tour instead of renting your private boat. These are perfect for the extrovert wanting to meet new friends. Plus, it’s a little easier on the hip pocket.

Sailing Events

For a week in August, the Whitsundays is adorned with sails for the Airlie Beach Race Week, a colourful week of sailing and partying. Picture long lunches and a chock-a-block full social calendar. Sailing enthusiasts, this is an event not to be missed.

You can also get involved in the Hamilton Island Race Week which has more of a foodie and fashion edge. Show me more events.


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Tall Ship Adventures Alexander Stewart Sailing

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Set sail on the adventure of a life time in the Whitsundays on a 2 day/1 night sailing tour aboard Alexander Stewart. Experience the romance of sail. This magnificent handcrafted timber masterpiece, with all the modern comforts including air-conditioning and nine private cabins, is ideal for couples or twin share (ask about our private charters).

Prosail Whitsundays

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Prosail Whitsundays run maxi yacht sailing adventures around the magical Whitsunday Islands. By day visit the famous Whitehaven beach, Hill Inlet lookout, multiple snorkelling locations (including the outer reef if weather permits) and bush-walks while in-between experiencing real adventure sailing.

Charter Yachts Australia

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$550 - 2000
Celebrate life with Charter Yachts Australia by choosing a skipper yourself bareboat charter vessel. Start your journey from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island in The Whitsundays. Do you have basic boat handling experience or a willingness to learn?

Two Day One Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Have you tried overnight sailing around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef? If you are short on time or on a budget, then this is the option for you. Tick off all the highlights over two full days and one night under the stars of the Southern Cross.

Adventure Catamarans and Yachts - ISail Whitsundays

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ISail Whitsundays specialises in small group nature adventure experience, sailing the Whitsunday Islands with a group of maximum 10 people. Each tour gives you the highlights of the Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, snorkelling and central northern islands in a personalised casual atmosphere aboard quality boats.

Cumberland Charter Yachts

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$525 - 2500
Skipper yourself and guided bareboat yachts, catamarans and motor cruiser hire in the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. With a passionate commitment to environmental best practices and professional standards.

Kiana Sail and Dive, Outer Great Barrier Reef and Islands

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Sail and Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands on their 16.4 metre ketch and enjoy your first dive for free. Kiana is the only vessel in the region that caters for small numbers to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Wings Whitsunday Adventures

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Wings Whitsunday Adventures offers you a combination of sailing, snorkelling and bushwalking amongst the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Their modern catamarans allow stable sailing and easy movement around the decks for sunbathing, relaxing and socialising with 25 to 31 other passengers.

Cruise Whitsundays

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Cruise Whitsundays is the region’s largest and most experienced marine operator, offering a range of day cruises and island resort connections. Cruises visit the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and islands, the multi-award winning Reefsleep overnight experience and Australia's first underwater accommodation, Reefsuites is one of Australia’s most unique accommodation options.

Explore Group Australia

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Explore Group are a marine based tourism operator that pride themselves on offering unique experiences in amazing places. Operating from Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach in Australia, Explore Group offer a variety of experiences including;
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