Great Barrier Reef Tours, 2-Day, 1-Night Whitsundays

Tour Code: 487

Departing: Airlie Beach

Only 14 Guests 2 Crew
  • Escape the crowds! Overnight small group (max 14) cruise
  • Visit stunning Whitehaven Beach – voted the best beach in Australia and fifth best beach in the world! 
  • Sail around the stunning Whitsunday Islands in comfort aboard a spacious 60ft fibreglass ketch
  • Snorkel pristine bays with coral gardens and exotic fish or dive into aquamarine waters straight off the back of your yacht

Included In Price

  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Wetsuit
  • Marine and national park fees
  • Afternoon Tea
  • All meals including snacks (no breakfast on day 1)
  • Linen & beach towel
  • Small group size (up to 12)

Great Barrier Reef tours, a stunning one-night, two-day intimate sailing cruise on board a 60ft sailing ketch with only 14 guests navigating the 74 islands of the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef. Sail to pristine reefs, unspoilt beaches and picturesque bays away from the crowds.

This is a two-day, one-night shared charter sailing experience that you will never forget, exploring the stunning Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef with an intimate group of only 14 guests and 2 attentive crew members.

Our classic 40 year old ketch sail boat provides a spacious and relaxed atmosphere, uncluttered decks, and roomy interiors with 8 foot head room for those taller guests, along with a casual unhurried atmosphere that instantly engages all guests creating a strong bond and instant friendships. 

There is no fixed itinerary, but one of the pristine islands you will visit includes Whitehaven Beach, voted the most beautiful beach in Australia and Cid Harbour.

Over the next 2 days you  will have the chance to snorkel some of the amazing fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef at Blue Pearl Bay and Hook Island.

Let the endless horizon dotted with islands and the spectacular landscapes wash over you as you experience the ultimate in relaxation and exploration on this 2 day 1 night Great Barrier Reef sailing tour.

With clear protected waters and secluded bays, this area lends itself to some of the best sailing in the southern hemisphere.

Enjoy delicious food and all the comforts of home. Recline on the deck and raise a drink as you watch a stunning sunset at the end of a beautiful sailing day.

The 74 Whitsunday Islands are located just off the north east coast of Queensland and on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

This is an area teeming with marine life (and not much human life) and is truly one of nature’s most scenic playgrounds.

The tropical islands are characterised by hiking trails, dense rainforest and stretching swathes of white sand beaches.

This is a Whitsundays yacht tour with plenty of room where you can stretch out relax and is perfect for those who wish to escape the boats with large loud crowds. 

Your Whitsundays Sailing Yacht

Your sailing yacht is a 60ft (18m) fibreglass constructed Roberts ketch. If you are wondering how a ketch distinguishes itself from other boats, it’s easy - you just count the sails. 

A ketch is a yacht with two masts, where the forward of the two masts, known as the mainmast, is larger than the after mast, known as the mizzen.

She will be sailed by an experienced crew of two. 

Your ketch has been designed with a spacious deck area, so there’s a lot of room to kick back and relax.

Comfort was a prime consideration in its build 40+ years ago and the below decks have been made with ample headroom.

At 8 feet (2.43 metres) you can be rest assured that the only head banging you will be doing will be restricted to the music you are listening to!

Whitsunday Islands – Day One

At 8.15am, you will board your sailing yacht, meet the crew and be shown to your spacious cabin.

Then at 8.30am, it's time to head out from Airlie Beach for the start of your amazing two-day Great Barrier Reef sailing adventure. 

Feel the wind in your hair and be serenaded by the splash of the waves against the bow and the flapping of the wind in the sails.

For the active and not so active there is something to do that will please everyone.

In-water activities

You will be visiting pristine bays with coral gardens, exotic fish and aquamarine waters. Snorkelling is the best way to see this amazing underwater marine life.

Whether you are a beginner or a bit more experienced, your crew can give you instructions on how to use your snorkel equipment and advise you on the best snorkel places at each stop.

All Snorkel equipment is provided.

If you just want a quick dip then swimming off the back of the yacht in the warm tropical waters is a good way to cool down. 

Stay dry activities

For those who just want to kick back and relax, lounging on the spacious decks on the boat or sunbathing on the white sandy beaches of pristine bays is the perfect place to unwind.

After an amazing day and toasting the stunningly beautiful sunset as it sets at the end of a fun-filled sail you’ll be ready to sleep well in your comfortable quarters.

Whitsunday Islands – Day Two

Pulling up the anchor to the clanking of the chain you will set sail slowly sailing out of the sheltered bay to explore and discover more of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

Starting with a delicious continental breakfast, your second day will be spent very much like the first one – exploring exotic tropical islands with pristine bays and beaches.

You will arrive back at Abel Point Marina, Airline Beach at 4.00pm. This is one sailing trip that you will always remember and will be the highlight of your holiday in Australia.

Ask about our Private Charter boats in the Whitsundays 

Sample Meals Plans

Day One
On arrival: Tea and coffee when guests arrive
Morning tea: Tea and coffee and an assortment of biscuits
Lunch: Quiche, green salad, potato salad along with a selection of breads
Sunset snacks: Carrot sticks, dip,cheese, olives, Jatz crackers, and corn chips
Dinner: BBQ steaks, steamed greens, honey carrots and potatoes oven baked and served with sour cream

Day Two
Breakfast: Tea, coffee, juice, Fresh fruit platter- oranges, melons, apples. A variety of cereals such as Cornflakes, Weet-bix and mueslias well as a range of breads and spreads including jam, Vegemite, honey, peanut butter.
Morning tea: Tea and coffee and an assortment of biscuits
Lunch: Chicken, cabbage and noodle salad and pasta bake
Afternoon tea: Tea and coffee and an assortment of biscuits

Please note, this is a sample of menu and is subject to change and amendments.

Guests with dietary requirements need to advise us 48 hours in advance.

Please note we may not be able to cater to all dietary requirements on board

Wildlife and Marine Life in the Whitsunday Isands


The Great Barrier Reef is home to six species of the world’s seven species of turtles. Turtles can be seen all around the Whitsundays and snorkelling with one of them is one of the great highlights of the cruise. 

Nesting turtles lay their eggs on many of the Whitsunday beaches between November and February so you can often see their tracks on the beaches in the morning.

You might be lucky enough to see them if you visit the beaches late at night. With an eight week incubation period, the eggs hatch from January onwards. 

Fish you'll encounter on the Great Barrier Reef include: 

  • Maori Wrasse
  • Clownfish
  • Fusiliers
  • Coral Trout
  • Surgeon Fish
  • Parrotfish
  • Cod
  • Emperor
  • Grouper
  • Batfish

Other marine life and wildlife you may encounter during your trip include: 

  • Bottlenose dolphins
  • Whales (June-August)
  • An array of bird species, including curlews and brolgas
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Airlie Beach

Departure Time
  • Departs 8:30am
  • Returns 4:00pm
Departure Instructions
  • You are asked to check in and collect your boarding pass at the office in Airlie Beach from 7:00am to 7:00pm the day before departure. The office is located at 402 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach.
  • A pre-departure briefing will be given at the office when you check in.
  • All overnight passengers are required to reconfirm their trip 24-48 hours prior to departure.
  • Shute Harbour
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Stonehaven
  • Nara Inlet
  • Blue Pearl Bay
  • Butterfly Bay
  • South Molle Island
  • Mantaray Bay
  • Cid Harbour
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday


2 days 1 night

Fitness Level Required


  • All passengers must be able to clearly understand safety directions and instructions given in English by the crew and be able to complete the required safety forms in English
  • All passengers wishing to participate in snorkelling must acknowledge that they are able to swim in deep water without a flotation device & unassisted
  • All passengers must be able to climb a 1.5 meter high ladder unassisted
Additional Information
  • All departures and itineraries are subject to weather.
  • Vessel operators reserve the right to vary itineraries for safety and passenger comfort.
  • Please be aware operators may pass on credit card merchant fees
  • Please note it is the passengers responsibility to advise at time of booking of any medical conditions including food allergies they may suffer from
  • If you have excess luggage this can be stored at the boat check-in offices.
  • BYO alcohol - drinks brought on board should not be in glass containers and no red wine is allowed
Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Any special needs medicines
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen 30+
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • No black-soled shoes please
  • Thongs/flip flops
  • Warm fleece
  • Cash or credit card for onboard purchases
  • Camera

  • No children under the age of 8
  • When booking, please advise of any passengers under 18 years of age

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.

  • Cancellations made less than 14 days before departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price
  • It is strongly recommended that you have travel insurance.

Great Barrier Reef Tours, 2-Day, 1-Night Whitsundays

Tour Code: 487

Departing: Airlie Beach

Only 14 Guests 2 Crew



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 487



1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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