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Visitors returning to the Whitsundays for school holidays

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The Whitsundays is welcoming visitors during the June/July school holidays

Three weeks before the start of the school holidays we had no idea what to expect. The COVID 19 restrictions meant we couldn’t run at full capacity. The Whitsunday Airport was closed, the southern borders shut off and the town was quiet without visitors.

With school holidays starting, what a pleasant surprise the last 10 days has been. Great weather, light breezes and 21 degree water temps have produced excellent conditions for our guests.

Families have flocked to the Whitsundays in strong numbers. Accommodation is busy and so are the day boats.

Whitsunday Bullet is fast proving itself one of the most popular day boats departing from Airlie Beach. With the restricted number of twenty passengers the vessel was constantly full two, three and sometimes four days in advance. Some larger families took advantage of the lower numbers to organise weekend private charters as a group.

Southern Cross is also running as a day trip visiting Hill Inlet, North Whitehaven Beach and a range of secluded snorkelling spots. Small groups means everyone who wants to experience sailing gets a chance to be on the helm or grinder.

Overnight sailing has also been more popular than expected. Our range of smaller boats have proved popular with families getting out of isolation and experiencing the Whitsundays at this time of year.

Whitsunday Adventurer has lead the way, with their first private charter since the end of March. Families have enjoyed everything Adventurer has to offer.

Prima with its private cabins has also been a popular choice during this period. Siska’s 2 day overnight charter has been popular with a wide range of people who are enjoying being back on the water.

Whitsunday Blue has undergone a refit during the COVID stand-down period and will run its first charter again next week.

Solway Lass enjoyed a cosmetic makeover during this time and is now ready for a steady stream of charters from mid-July to September, with visitors booking the popular walking and swimming tours to take advantage of the warm Whitsundays winter.

If you’re thinking of coming up (or down) to visit the Whitsundays now that the borders are finally open, please contact us to find out departure dates for each boat. Some changes have been made to accommodate private charters and to rearrange charters that were postponed during the COVID crisis.

We look forward to seeing you in the warm Whitsundays soon!

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