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10 Things You Must Know For Sailing Holidays In The Whitsunday Islands With Your Family

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10 Things You Must Know For Sailing Holidays In The Whitsunday Islands With Your Family

The Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia offer the perfect spot for an adventurous family sailing holiday

This subtropical archipelago is the largest collection of islands in the Great Barrier Reef, offering plenty of room to escape the crowds that flock to other popular spots such as Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island.

On your family sailing adventure, you’ll get to explore the breathtaking and pristine waters of the Whitsundays through every possible means – snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and of course sailing.

Fun Things To Do On Your Sailing Adventure

A Whitsundays family sailing adventure might be just the getaway you’re looking for – a safe and unique holiday destination where kids (and adults) will have plenty to do. Swim with turtles, jump off the yacht into the crystal clear waters, or snorkel among tropical fish from one of many boat-stopping coral reefs as you island hop. Take a visit to the pure white silica sands of world famous Whitehaven Beach, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Hill Inlet (one of the most photographed views).

The Best Times To Visit The Whitsundays

The best times to visit are during March to November when temperatures average 26 degrees Celsius. You can learn more about the weather in the Whitsundays here.

Do I need to stay on the mainland before my sailing holiday?

No. You don’t need to have that additional expense if you don’t want to. Our walk on walk off fully inclusive private charters allow you to fly into Prosperine Airport in the morning where we will collect you from the airport and deliver you to the Marina. When your holiday is finished you will arrive back to the marina around lunchtime allowing you to fly out in the afternoon.

What boat hire options do I have?

Whitsunday Blue is a beautiful sailing catamaran, with a spacious, open foredeck, shaded back deck and plenty of comfortable indoor seating. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, relax and enjoy your cruise. Your host will prepare delicious, fresh meals using local produce. Whitsunday Blue has modern amenities and private, air-conditioned cabins.
See the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, snorkel in the beautiful blue waters over fringing reefs and maybe spot a turtle. Enjoy the use of stand-up paddle boards to view the tropical marine life from another perspective. Three days allows you to really unwind, take extra time at every stop and feel like you ‘ve truly experienced the Whitsunday Islands.

Whitsunday Adventurer is a modern and comfortable purpose-built charter yacht launched in 2010. The Catamaran offers a comfortable sailing experience, in which you can be as involved as you want. There is a huge deck at the front and a shaded back deck, perfect for socialising when you’re watching the sun setting over the islands. With many extra activities available such as stand-up paddleboards and a spa onboard, there’ll be no limit to your adventure.

Prima was built for charters in the Whitsundays and is perfect for small groups and family charters. The deck has a shaded canopy over the helm with lots of seating, plus a cushioned area for sunbathing. Bring your own drinks and store them in the guest fridge for easy access. No two trips are the same as we take you from one carefully selected, idyllic island location to the next. Below deck there is and a range of accommodation to suit everyone.

We have more options available depending on your group size and whether you would like a modern or budget experience. Grab our Private Charter brochure here.


What safety gear do I need for my children?

Bring hats and sunscreen. Stinger suits and life jackets are provided.

What if I don’t have any experience?

Our private charters come with a Skipper and a Host allowing you the ultimate relaxation experience. Unlike bareboating your Skipper will monitor weather patterns, wind direction and tides to ensure your holiday is safe for your family, but unforgettable. You will not need to lift a finger.

What should I pack in my suitcase?

Bring clothes, toiletries, hat, swimwear, sunscreen, jacket/sweater, camera, sunglasses, runners or sandals for island walks.. There are no luggage storing facilities on any of our vessels nor at the marina. Guests are asked to pre-arrange luggage storage for the duration of their trip. Guests are kindly asked to pack lightly for their trip, in a soft-sided bag. BYO alcohol, white wine in glass bottles is OK, please no red wine, and premixed drinks in cans only, please.

What’s Included?

On a private charter everything you need is catered for. You will enjoy the services of the skipper and crew, all of your meals and snacks, tap water, tea and coffee, snorkelling equipment and basic tuition, stinger suits, bed linen, and all marina levies. Plus bath and beach towels and the use of stand-up paddle board.

All of your meals (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a two course dinner) are included in the fare and are freshly prepared on board using quality Australian Produce. Special diets can be catered, though may incur an additional cost and should be advised at the time of booking.


What Are My Accommodation Options?

On Whitsunday Blue – 4 Double Cabins. 3 of the Cabins have a private bathroom with toilet, hand basin and shower. 1 Cabin has a shared bathroom. Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 guests with 2 crew.

On Whitsunday Adventurer – 6 x single bunks – dorm-style with share bathroom facilities. Private double cabin for two- three guests (can be a double, twin or triple share) with external share bathroom. A minimum of 6 up to a maximum of 12 guests with 2 crew.

On Prima – Share single bunks (2x) and the Share Double Bed are open-plan-style both with share bathroom facilities. There is Private Double Cabins include 1 double bed for two guests with an external share bathroom. Private Double Ensuite Cabin includes 1 double bed for two guests and a full private bathroom inside the cabin. A minimum of 6 up to a maximum of 12 guests with 2 crew.


Tips For Travelling To And From Airlie Beach

Fly into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport with any of the Australian domestic airlines – Virgin, Qantas, and Jetstar. Each has daily flights as well as connecting flights from other destinations.

Our private bus transfer will collect you from the airport and take you to Coral Sea Marina Resort ready for departure. Our crew will meet you 30 minutes before departure at Coral Sea Marina (South End) at Meeting Point C.

Ready To Book Your Family Sailing Holidays In The Whitsunday Islands?

Our Private Charter Team can also help to organise all details of your charter. We can arrange airport transfers to/from your accommodation or the marina, taking the pressure off your shoulders.

We will go through every detail to make sure everything works. This means you can relax, show up and enjoy your holiday!

Find out when you will experience the best weather in the Whitsundays here.

Enquire about available dates on (07) 4967 7555 or email