Whether traveling alone, part of a group or with your family, this Airlie Beach shared charter sailing tour suits those looking to experience the Beaches, Islands and Reefs of the Whitsundays.
Sail in an Americas Cup Legend to Whitehaven Beach
This is a Whitsundays sailing tour for guests looking for a more personalised reef trip with our smaller group size.
There is space on board to relax on the sail boat deck, or take a seat in the shaded cockpit. For guests interested in helping to sail, the crew will ask for volunteers to help hoist the sails, or you can just simply relax and soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
During the day our guests will enjoy morning and afternoon teaand a good lunch. We then return to Airlie Beach at 5.15 - 5.30pm
Southern Cross is a racing legend, being built for the America's Cup as Australia's 4th Challenger, with sail number KA4 and beating the competing nations to win the right to race against the American's at Newport Rhode Island.
Today, while Southern Cross still holds the spirit of a racing yacht, modifications have been made to make it comfortable for guest charters, with features such as a shaded cockpit, downstairs lounge area, dining table and guest bathroom.
With a coach pickup from your Airlie Beach accommodation to the marina, you will depart from Abell Point Marina at 8am.
Enjoy morning tea of fruit and biscuits and crew commentary of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands, then before you know it, you will have arrived at your first destination, Tongue Bay on Whitsunday Island.
Using the tender, guests transfer in groups over to Whitehaven beach, and then one of the crew will guide guests along the path to the Hill Inlet Lookout.
Here guests take in the spectacular view of Australia's number one beach, marvel at the shimmering swirling sands covered by crystal clear waters.
Don't forget to ask the guide to take pictures of you with this famous background.
You will then have time to explore the beach, before being welcomed back onboard with a delicious lunch.
Setting sail once again for the voyage to your snorkel location. Snorkel equipment and stinger suits will be issued as the crew provide a snorkel briefing and instruction on the snorkelling site.
With temperatures rarely dropping lower than 21°C, this is a very comfortable snorkel location, with tropical fish and corals blanketing the ocean floor, the odd turtle and dolphin also can’t resist saying hello.
Around 3:30pm you will set sail for Airlie Beach, switching off the engine and by the power of wind sailing across the Whitsunday Passage.
The crew will serve an afternoon fruit platter and aussie lamingtons.
Arriving back in Abell Point Marina between 5-5:30pm your courtesy coach will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation.
Please be aware, this itinerary may change if the winds are strong. While most of the year we enjoy prevailing S.E trade winds, sailing is also dependent on the winds.
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Meet at the south end of Abell Point Marina at 7:45am – returns 5.00pm -5.30pm
January - December
Thursday - Tuesday
check-in with us at our office, Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade Airlie Beach until 6:30pm the evening before departure. At check-in we will arrange a courtesy bus pickup and provide boarding passes, or
check-in on our website. Guests will need the booking reference number provided when the booking was made to register. Once the check-in is completed on-line guests should meet the Southern Cross crew at Abell Point Marina (South End) at the Meeting Area at 7:40am
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.