Explore secluded coves and great snorkeling spots around the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef on a leisurely 3-day sailing cruise. Aboard a luxury yacht, glide over the Coral Sea with an expert captain and crew who provide a personalized tour with ample time to snorkel, kayak, take nature walks and learn about sailing. Travel with a small-group limited to 8 people, which allows for a more customized itinerary. Includes all meals, use of equipment, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Shute Harbour or Airlie Beach.
3-day sailing tour of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, from Shute Harbour
Enjoy plenty of opportunities to snorkel, swim, hike and go sea kayaking
Visit secluded beaches and bays typically only visited by your captain and the locals
Learn from your expert captain about the marine life of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef
Choose to do as much or as little as you like with a customizable itinerary
Enjoy large cabins with shared en-suites, gourmet meals, and all beverages including wine and beer
Small-group tour limited to 8 people provides a more intimate traveling experience
You decide how to spend the three days that you sail around the Whitsunday Islands (see sample activities in Itinerary) in consultation with your expert captain who provides options and recommendations suited to the interests of your group and the weather conditions.
Your sailing tour can be as active or restful as you wish. If you would like to learn to sail, the trip is designed to offer that opportunity. Your captain can teach you how to hoist sails, take the helm and perform basic navigation.
Your captain steers your luxurious 49-foot (14.9-m) sailing yacht to scenic and uncrowded spots known only to insiders. Admire the underwater world when you snorkel and swim at pristine coral reefs. On land, enjoy tropical bush walks on some of the Whitsunday Islands’ national parkland, and stop at Nara Inlet to see Aboriginal cave drawings.
Gourmet meals, morning and afternoon tea, and drinks (such as Australian wine and beers) are included. Most meals can be enjoyed on the deck, but there is also an indoor area to lounge about. As for accommodations, there are five cabins on board with shared en-suites that include hotel-style linens and bath towels for your comfort. (See Pricing for details.)
Head to Shute Harbour to board your boat in the morning. Start your 3-day sailing tour with introductions and a safety briefing from the experienced captain and crew. After stowing your bag, grab a seat and get ready to sail the tropical seas!
After an incredible 3-day sail, return to Shute Harbour or Airlie Beach where your tour ends.
(Please note: This can be adjusted according to the interests of the group and the weather conditions.)
Day 1 (L, D)
• Free transfer between Airlie Beach, Proserpine Airport and Shute Harbour • Sail to Blue Pearl Bay (Hayman Island) for swimming, snorkeling and other water sports • Enjoy a gourmet lunch at Luncheon Bay (Hook Island) • Visit Nara Inlet to see aboriginal cave paintings • Take an evening swim under the stars in the warm waters of the Coral Sea Day 2 (B, L, D)
• Sail from Nara Inlet to Whitehaven Lookout • Take a bush walk to Hill Inlet Lookout (Whitsunday Beach) • Visit Whitehaven Beach for swimming and snorkeling in paradise • Sail from Whitehaven to Long Island, Daydream Island or Hamilton Island • Play sports on the beach and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at a resort's pool and bar • Tuck into a gourmet dinner back on board your yacht
Day 3 (B, L)
• Stroll to a picturesque lookout on the island • Enjoy leisure time at the resort or enjoy water and sports activities • Sail back to Shute Harbour