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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Cruise Whitsundays

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

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, Whitsunday Catamarans, Australian Tallships and Eureka Sailing specialise in overnight sailing holidays.

Ocean Rafting

Multiple Locations
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.

Adventure and Classic Cruising - 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.

Wings Whitsunday Adventures

Multiple Locations
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.

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.

OzSail

Multiple Locations
Their sailing vessels conduct awesome holidays around the Whitsunday Islands and fringing Great Barrier Reef. Sail, snorkel, explore or simply relax in the stunning Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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!

Nara Inlet

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Nestled in the south east end of the Whitsundays’ Hook Island is Nara Inlet, a secluded bay with tranquil waters that reflect the dense forestry that covers the island’s steep hills. The clear water acts as a window to the fringing reef and is known for its sheltered anchorage and easy access to the island.
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Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays