The Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef

Ahoy skipper! Grab your sextant and get all hands on deck, it’s time for a sail to the pearls of the Coral Sea. Tell the rest of the world to wait, and let the jaw-dropping Whitsunday Islands weave that much needed magic into your holiday. 

  • Set sail and explore the Great Barrier Reef in style. Hire a crew or take the helm of your own vessel and go bareboating along the Whitsundays breathtaking reefs and islands. Whether on an ocean racer, tall ship, luxury yacht or launch, there’s a sailing experience to suit your skills.
  • Island hop your way from Hamilton Island, to Daydream, and Hayman (and the many others). Each with a signature vibe and fringing reef to become acquainted with.
  • Take a scenic flight and experience the beauty from above of one of nature’s astonishing natural wonders, Heart Reef.
  • Spend a night on the Great Barrier Reef with the only permanent pontoon accommodation of its kind in Australia. It’s a truly unique and amazing experience where you’ll watch the reef come alive under the starry night.
  • Join a fishing adventure of a lifetime with day and overnight trips to unexplored reefs. You might even catch the big one!

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A Cruise for Couples - Explore Whitsundays

Multiple Locations
The original Whitsunday Cruise, Dive and Sail Company, starting in 1985 - with Southern Cross Sailing Adventures. Today Prosail, Australian Tallships, Prima Sailing and Eureka Sailing specialise in overnight sailing holidays.

2 Day 1 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

Multiple Locations
Have you tried overnight sailing around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef? If you are short on time, budget or unsure if you would like to spend more than one night on a boat, then this is the option for you.

Hamilton Island Golf Club

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$110 - 160
Tee off beside the Whitsundays at the Hamilton Island Golf Club, one of the world's premier golfing destinations. The course is adjacent to Hamilton Island on its own patch of paradise, Dent Island. Designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson, it is the only championship course in Australia on its own island.

Cruise Whitsundays

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Cruise Whitsundays' day cruise range features trips to 'must see' Whitsunday icons, including the Great Barrier Reef Adventure trip to Cruise Whitsundays' innovative and spacious reef pontoon and Whitehaven Beach Camira Sailing Adventure, onboard one of the world's fastest commercial sailing catamarans.

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.

Ocean Rafting

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Multi award winning Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. There are two exciting tour options, the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights.

Prosail Whitsundays

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Prosail offers overnight sailing trips, with 2 Day 2 Night and 2 Day 1 Night tours around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on their epic ex-racing maxi yachts. Highlights include the stunning Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and the opportunity to get involved in the sailing with their awesome crew!

Manta Ray Drop Off Dive Site

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Bait Reef, sitting behind the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, is home to the spectacular Manta Ray Drop Off – this dive site boasts stunning underwater cliffs, as well as a plunging wall that drops to 75 metres.

GoBareboating

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
What is bareboating? Bareboating is Easy! A bareboat is a boat you can hire for charter in the Whitsunday Islands. You’re the skipper and your family and friends are the crew. You choose your destinations and anchorages every day!

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.
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