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Which Sailing Holiday Is Best for You? How To Choose The Right One For Your Group

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Which Sailing Holiday Is Best for You?

The Whitsunday Islands offer some of the most amazing sailing conditions on earth for an unforgettable sailing holiday – how do you choose which option is right for your group?

With over 100 white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and more kinds of corals than any other place in the world, these islands will leave you spellbound with each new vista you discover.

If you are unsure of where to begin when choosing the ideal trip for you and your partner, your family or a group of friends – we’ve got you covered!

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a catamaran and a yacht? Or which vessel best suits the style of trip you want to do? Or how long you should go to fully experience all the Whitsunday Islands have to offer?

If you’re planning your next sailing holiday, what you’ll read now could make all the difference.

Firstly it’s important to know that not all boats are the same and that taking some time to research your options will be worthwhile when you get onboard.

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How To Choose Which Boat Is Right For You

Here are some common questions we get asked every day

This will help you choose a suitable vessel to ensure you get the unforgettable sailing holiday you desire:

  1. How many people do you want on your sailing holiday?
  2. How long do you what to go sailing?
  3. What style of accommodation would you prefer?
  4. Would you pay a little more for better quality food?
  5. Do you want to participate in the sailing activities?

Here are our answers:

Q1. Our smallest catamarans sail with eight guests overnight. Our tall ship Solway Lass sleeps up to thirty-two guests. 

Q2. The quickest overnight sailing holiday is two days and one night. The most extended trips are six days and five nights. Last year we had a school excursion that hired Siska for 12 nights.

Q3. We have vessels like Whitsunday Blue and Getaway with private double cabins with ensuites through to British Defender that sleeps 28 guests in open planned bunks.

Q4. We pride ourselves on providing good quality local fare that is fresh and tastes great. We serve the best quality Salmon and Steaks cooked on the BBQ onboard on our highest quality vessels.

Q5. Help as much or as little as you like. Want to steer the yacht as your sailing? Please ask. Want to help set the sail? Our crew will explain how you can help and show you the fun of sailing. Prefer to sit back and relax without lifting a finger. We’ve got you covered!

Once you know the answers to these five questions, our friendly reservations team at Explore Whitsundays can help plan your sailing holiday.

We have a boat to suit every budget and every style of experience:

Whether you are wanting a beautiful sailing catamaran with modern amenities and private, air-conditioned cabins, or perhaps you are keen to experience what it would be like sailing on an ex-America’s Cup yacht

Perhaps you would like to holiday on an eco-friendly maxi-yacht, purpose-built to sail around the world! Or step back in time in a beautifully preserved tall ship with a rich history.

Whether it’s a touch of luxury, adventure or character – we have the biggest and most diverse fleet of vessels that sail the Whitsunday Islands.

View Our Private Charters

If you’re still deciding which boat to choose, or if you want help arranging your own private charter, we can help. The first step is to view our brochure for more information about our boats and sailing experiences here.

All of our charters visit the Whitsundays icons; Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef.

Hopefully, reading this has helped get you more excited to come on your first sailing holiday.

How to get to Airlie Beach For Your Whitsundays Holiday

Arrive at Airlie Beach by bus, train, or air.

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.

Ready To Hire A Yacht Sailing The Whitsunday Islands?

Our Private Charter Team can also help to organise all details of your whitsunday islands holiday package.

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 sailing holiday!

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

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