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What to Expect from a Sailing Holiday in the Whitsundays


You will find ‘a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays Islands’ on the adventure bucket list of most savvy travellers – and for good reason too! Not only is it the home of the world-renowned Whitehaven Beach, but there are countless other unique experiences waiting to be discovered!

The islands are only accessible by boat. Luckily there is a plethora of varying styles all catering for a wide range of audiences! There’s a boat to suit everyone, so you’ll surely find a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays you’ll love. Read on to find out what to expect from a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays.

The Different Factors To Consider

Sailing trips can range in many ways so it’s important to think about what you want to get out of your trip. There could be you with just five others, anywhere up to 53 others. You could be sleeping in an open plan single bunk or a private double ensuite cabin. Overnight trips can be from one night up to six nights. There’s a number of boats that you would expect a bit of a social atmosphere, leading into a party at night! On the other hand, there are boats where, after the day’s activities are done, everyone is quite happy to head off for a well-earned early night.

Nevertheless, there are some activities that are always a given. With Explore Whitsundays, you can book your place on any boat and be certain that you will visit all the Whitsunday icons. Tick off the bucket list; Whitehaven BeachHill Inlet lookout and swimming with the tropical fish over the fringing coral reef. If you are hoping to do any additional activities – for example, trying out the new Aussie craze of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) Boarding, you should make sure it’s available on that boat.

Once in A Lifetime Experiences

At Explore Whitsundays, all boats are fully crewed, meaning you won’t have to worry about anything. Safety concerns, reading maps and getting lost and how to use the equipment – it’s all taken care of! The crew even cook your meals! The crew will really look after you and inspire you with their wealth of knowledge. During the day time you can expect to sail the tropical turquoise waters watching the islands drift by, stopovers in sheltered bays, and visits to the islands.

Most skippers will encourage you to get involved in the sailing – which for some, is a once in a lifetime experience in itself! Jumping into the living aquarium below you and beach-combing the most pristine beaches you’ve ever seen will also make the list of the incredible Whitsundays adventures. Mingling with the other passengers on the boat will provide you with friends from all over the world. In the evening, as the sun gives way to the moon, be blown away by the star-gazing panorama above you. You’ll feel a million miles away from the humdrum and city lights.

Ready to choose your Whitsunday adventure?

Are you looking for a fun-filled social boat with lots of chances to make friends? Have a look at British Defender.

Are you looking for a family trip where no one will be left bored? Try looking at Solway Lass

Or are you looking for a small group tour, with a bit more private time for you and your partner? Have a look at Whitsunday Adventurer or Whitsunday Blue.

Otherwise, click here to view all the Explore Whitsundays overnight sailing trips.