Whitsundays sailing holidays. Couples only Idyllic shared charter sailing trip around the Whitsunday Islands. Only 8 guests, perfect for a honeymoon or romantic weekend away.
Departing from Airlie Beach we specialise in intimate couples only, stylish cruising with a focus on offering that little bit more for our discerning guests on our Whitsundays shared charter sailing tours.
Experience an unforgettable couples only, Great Barrier Reef sailing holiday on our luxury catamaran with only 8 guests cruising the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Each couple books their own private ensuite cabin on the fully crewed charter yacht.
Hosting 4 couples our Whitsundays sailing tours are in high demand for our double, ensuite, air-conditioned cabins.
Spend 2 or 3 glorious days and nights aboard our fully crewed luxury sailboat on an unforgetable Great Barrier Reef tour around the 74 Whitsunday Islands.
Snorkeling, swimming and exploring stunning coral reef locations and remote island beaches in the Whitsunday Islands.
As the crew take control and sail the yachts thru the magical blue waters and vistas of tropical islands, our couples simply just love relaxing on the sail boats wide decks and watch the world go by.
Our Whitsunday Islands Great Barrier Reef tours are legendary, the only twin hull catamarans that specifically cater for intimate shared charter cabin options perfect couples to get away, or for large families that love to travel together or for groups of friends that wish to gather for a special celebration.
At all times the boat will be crewed by our personable skipper and hostess whilst you as our special guests, just relax and enjoy.
On our sailing holidays we offer our guests our custom designed luxury catamarans to be their private home for 2 amazing days and 2 amazing nights plying the waters of the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsunday Islands out of Airlie Beach.
Your sailing trip home over the next 2 days and 2 nights or 3 days and 3 nights is on our 43 foot custom Fountain Pajot "Belize" Catamaran that is designed to promote a more stable sailing experience.
She has four double sized cabins, all with private ensuites accommodating a maximum of 8 guests on each of our Whitsunday Island sailing holidays.
This Whitsundays sailing trip, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, offers the ultimate in style and superior service for couples wanting a romantic, intimate tropical island escape with other like minded couples.
This is a luxury Whitsundays Islands sailing holiday for discerning guests looking for something a little different on a share boat basis.
With a flexible itinerary that lets guests choose where they'd like to visit, you'll get to explore some of the Whitsunday's most iconic destinations including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.
Your sailing holiday includes all meals, freshly prepared using locally sourced produce and all dietary requirements are catered for. Your mouth will water when you see what's on the menu!
Snorkelling and Paddleboarding
The Whitsunday Islands are an ideal snorkelling location for first-timers, with shallow warm waters, calm coves, protected bays, as well as some of the most colourful coral and fish to be found on the Great Barrier Reef.
You'll have the chance to see an array of unique marine life that inhabit the Whitsundays' warm waters, including dolphins, turtles, a multitude of colourful fish and even dugongs.
If you're travelling during the winter months (June - August) keep your eyes peeled for sightings of migrating humpback whales.
All snorkelling equipment is included in your tour Whitsundays holiday sailing tour price.
If you're not comfortable swimming, there are flotation assistance devices available on our sail boats.
Paddleboards are also a great way to explore the coastline and fringing reefs of the Whitsunday Islands and provide a fabulous vantage point for spotting marine life.
Stand up paddleboards are included in our couples only shared charter Whitsundays sailing holidays in Australia.
Book your double cabin for yourself and your partner to join our intimate shared charter, 2 night Great Barrier Reef tour sailing around the azure waters of the 74 Whitsunday Islands.
Our boat is a custom built 13 metre catamaran that offers expansive deck space and an open plan interior.
We specialise in providing discerning couples with a high quality sailing tour with gourmet meals and showcasing private secluded locations for our guests to explore the Great Barrier Reef from above and below the water’s surface.
Our yacht had a full upgrade in 2014 and we re-fitted the guests double cabins with new beds and high quality linens and throw cushions to provide a comfortable environment.
The open plan saloon is the gathering place for beautifully prepared nourishing meals, and a place to get to know fellow travellers and make new acquaintances.
We do not accept party people on our shared charter sailing tours as our boats provide a high quality Great Barrier Reef holiday experience
She is a 43 foot catamaran which is the perfect stable sailing vessel for the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
4 private double ensuite cabins to accommodate 8 guests only.
Each cabins includes:
Provided with fresh new linen, beach and bath towels
Refurbished in 2014 the guests cabins were fitted out with new comfortable beds and matching linen, complimentary throw cushions and new covers.
The saloon and dining area consist of a polished wood table bordered by newly cushioned lounges, all superbly lit by the abundance of glass surrounds.
And for the skipper and boat crew they were very pleased with the new cock pit and hard top.
She has the latest in marine navigational gear and electronic aids.
The twin forward nets, a favourite place with our guests, provide more than ample deck area to complete a package of style and comfort.
Ask your Great Barrier Reef Tour Specialist about our Private Charter Boat rates
Arrive at Coral Sea Marina South – Meeting Point ‘C’ 2:30 pm to begin your Whitsunday Getaway experience. Your skipper and hostess will be waiting to greet you and welcome you aboard your floating home for the next few days. After a quick vessel safety briefing, we begin sailing effortlessly, passing through surreal island scenery. There is endless beauty to behold while underway and plenty to learn from your knowledgeable crew while you search for the perfect protected bay to drop anchor for the night. Guests are welcomed and encouraged to try their hand at sailing, and whether you are a beginner or a seasoned sailor, our experienced crew are always happy to share their love of sailing and the sea with others. You may also opt to relax with a refreshing drink instead, lapping up the luxury of the boat while the crew take over. Choose to do as little or as much as you like on this voyage, the world is your oyster!
As you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and get to know your fellow travellers, your hostess will be preparing your first gourmet meal. After dinner, continue relaxing with the company of your new friends, taking in the tranquillity surrounding you. When you’re feeling drowsy, take a last glance across the shimmering waters and turn in for the night in your comfy cabin, where you’ll be rocked to sleep by the gentle ocean swell.
Don’t sleep in – there’s too much to do! The crew are up early to make you a ‘cuppa’ and prepare your fabulous continental breakfast. After a pleasant and invigorating sail, it’s time to visit the euphoric Whitehaven Beach, with its remarkably pure silica sand. Experience first hand why this beach is often rated the most beautiful in the world! After enjoying a few hours on the beach, your hostess will take you on an informative guided bush walk up to the picture-perfect postcard that is Hill Inlet lookout. This view is not to be missed as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the stunning and intriguing swirling sands that make Whitehaven’s Hill Inlet world-famous!
After a superb buffet lunch back onboard Getaway, we make our way up to the northern Whitsunday Islands to snorkel a vibrant underwater world filled with colour, life and beauty. When the evening sets in, so do the sails as we make our way to another spectacular anchorage to spend the night, reflecting on the day’s excursion.
Indulge in your final breakfast onboard Getaway and seize the opportunity for one last snorkel, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. As we sail back towards Airlie Beach, soak up the raw beauty of our alluring island archipelago while relaxing on the spacious deck and forward outdoor lounge.
Upon returning to the mainland, we guarantee you will remember this once in a lifetime trip with a smile and fond memories of your adventures with us in the Whitsunday Islands. There we will say farewell, wishing you all the best in your future travels, knowing you’ll treasure the wealth of memories made in the Whitsundays for decades to come! Returning to Coral Sea Marina South
*Please note, this itinerary is a sample only and is subject to changes with no given notice.
Everyone simply loves cruising the Whitsundays
Talk to our Great Barrier Reef Tour Specialists about our Private Charter Boats for you next holiday.
Meet your crew at Coral Sea Marina South 30 minutes before departure for a headcount. Depart the marina at 3 pm and sail to overnight anchorage and sunset sail.
After Breakfast, sail to Tongue Bay for a guided bush walk to Hill Inlet Lookout, a spectacular lookout overlooking Whitehaven Beach. Back on board to enjoy lunch before heading around to Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy an hour on the beach before setting sail and heading north along the eastern side of Hook Island. Overnight anchor in one of the many bays on Hook Island.
After Breakfast, either use the stand-up paddleboards or snorkel over fringing coral reefs. After lunch, make your way to another beautiful bay for a chance to snorkel, swim, sunbathe, or take a stroll along the beach. Mid-afternoon set sail for an overnight stop at Hayman Island or Langford Island. Enjoy a drink and pre-dinner snacks while you watch the sunset over the water.
After Breakfast, enjoy a swim or snorkel then it is time for morning tea/brunch. Set sails and make way back to Coral Sea Marina, arriving at 1 pm.
All meals are made onboard with skill and diligence to make the dining experience alone a pleasing element of your trip aboard Whitsunday Getaway. Using fresh locally sourced and seasonal produce to bring you a mixture of hearty home-cooked style meals and refined cuisine.
Welcome Snacks: Anzac biscuits and fresh fruit with cordial
Sunset Snack: Cheese and meat platter with a variety of dips, carrots, celery and crackers
Dinner: Reef fish in coconut and lime marinade, stir-fried broccoli, marble potato mash, crunchy noodle salad and breadstick
Dessert: Cheesecake with whipped cream
Breakfast: Tropical fruit salad with croissants, cereals, yoghurt, orange juice, tea and coffee
Lunch: Meat platter with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, tuna salad served with bread rolls
Afternoon Tea: Lamingtons with tea and coffee or cordial
Sunset Snack: Whitsunday Nachos with sour crème and guacamole
Dinner: Marinated Chicken with pesto pasta salad, pear and rocket salad and breadsticks
Dessert: Chocolate cake with whipped cream
Breakfast: Pancakes with fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurt, orange juice, tea and coffee
Lunch: BBQ chicken with potato salad, garden salad and wraps
Afternoon Tea: TimTams with tea and coffee or cordial
Sunset Snack: Spinach and ricotta triangles with sweet chilli sauce
Dinner: BBQ steaks and sausages with caramelized onions, mushrooms, carrots, Greek salad and dinner rolls
Dessert: Meringue with whipped cream, berries, kiwi fruit topped with chocolate sauce
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with English muffins, cereals, yoghurt, orange juice, tea and coffee
Return Snacks: Antipasto platter with brie, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, dips and crackers
Fresh fruit and cookies are available for passengers all day. The menu is designed based on fresh seasonal ingredients and is subject to change. Alcohol is BYO, and glass bottles and red wine are permitted onboard exclusively.
Services of the skipper and crew, all meals and snacks, chilled charcoaled filtered water and ice available free of charge, tea and coffee, snorkelling equipment and basic tuition, stinger suits, and bed linen.
Bath and beach towels, use of stand-up paddleboard, Ice machine, Expresso Coffee machine with freshly ground beans, Sodastream.
Onboard WIFI – Starlink satellite internet can be purchased for $10 Per Cabin for the duration of the cruise (Payable on Check-in).
Whitsunday Getaway is an adult-only vessel.
Whitsunday Getaway has a BYO policy for all soft and alcoholic beverages and bottled water.
Please pack in a soft-sided bag. (No hard/suitcases).
What to bring: clothes, toiletries, hat, swimwear, sunscreen, jacket/sweater, camera, sunglasses, adequate walking shoes for island walks, and cash for soft drink purchases.
January - December
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
2 Days & 2 Nights – duration 46 hours departs 3 pm on Monday and Wednesday, returns Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm.
3 Days & 3 Nights – duration 70 hours departs 3 pm on Fridays, returns Monday at 1 pm.
No guests under 18 years of age - Adults only Sailing
This is a booking request only not a confirmed booking. Booking confirmation will be advised or please call 1300 761 612 to confirm.
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.
Tour Operators T&Cs.
Terms, Conditions and Travel Policies
We highly recommends that guests read the following policy:
All future decisions regarding your booking will be guided by the Terms and Conditions outlined in this policy.
QLD Government Covid Direction from 17th December 2021
Please refer to the public health document issued outlining the ‘New Normal” and the impacts that this may have on you the restrictions implemented by the Queensland Government.
All government mandates applicable to vaccine requirements for visitors in the Whitsundays venues and service experiences will supersede any or all Explore Whitsundays terms and conditions.
To view the Queensland Government website click – https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/public-health-social-measures
Cancellation Policy for Individual Travellers.
We RECOMMEND ALL GUESTS have Travel Insurance which covers cancellation for a variety of reasons, including Pre-trip COVID cancellation cover. Cancellation due to contracting COVID or as a close contact will now no longer be considered a valid reason to cancel or postpone a trip.
Day Tour Cancellations
DAY TOURS – If you or your guests don’t show or cancel within:
24 hours, you forfeit 100% of the full ticket rate.
Extended / Overnight Tour Cancellations
Overnight Tour Cancellations
If you or your guests cancel:
Between 30 and 60 days of departure, you will forfeit 25% of the ticket price.
Between 14 to 30 days before departure, you will forfeit 50% of the ticket price.
Within 14 days of departure, you will forfeit the full trip fee.
Private Charter Tour Terms and Cancellations
Booking will be confirmed on payment of deposit.
Balance payments are to be made in full 30 days before charter commencement.
Cancellations 60 days before departure result in a loss of 50% of the deposit.
Cancellations 30 to 60 days before departure result in loss of deposit.
Cancellation within 30 days of departure date will result in forfeit of Full Charter Price.
We highly recommend that all charterers have travel insurance to protect against unexpected cancellations.
The Operator strongly recommends that guests have travel insurance to:
Cover valuable items (e.g. Cameras, Luggage)
Protect against unforeseen flight or coach cancellations, road closures or late arrival into Airlie Beach for any reason which subsequently leads to missing the scheduled departure time,
Cover medical conditions that may occur during carriage, and the associated extra costs of accessing medical care around the islands, including returning to port or emergency air evacuation.
Cover against an emergency where you need to return to port urgently, e.g. a family member becomes very ill,
Cover against full ticket refunds, including the agent commissions component
Please ensure that the guests understand the details of the cover included for the Travel Insurance to ensure that it covers the above for their peace of mind.
Guests should note that sailing, snorkelling and aquatic activities can be dangerous, and while our Crew will make every effort to ensure guest safety, Explore Whitsundays and the Operator cannot be accountable for the actions of guests that are beyond the Crew’s control. Guests should be aware that marine stingers and other marine life live in the tropical waters of the Whitsunday Islands.
Guests will be required to complete a pre-departure questionnaire and sign a travel agreement during the check-in process. The Operators have the applicable Shipowners insurance to cover public liability for our guests and staff. A copy of the certificate will be forwarded if required.
Travel Agent Fees
We recommend that guests who book through an Agent read the agent’s terms and conditions before booking. The Operator will not be responsible for the refund terms and conditions of your travel agent if for whatsoever the trip is cancelled.
Itineraries and Weather
The Operator reserves the right to alter the tour or the itinerary of any of its tours and organise alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. The Operator will always consider the safety of guests and staff, and as a result, some locations may not be visited if the wind, visibility or wave/tidal conditions are not suitable or parts of the park have been closed by the managing authority. If it is raining, our tours still operate, as the guests can still experience the Whitsundays, including swimming and bushwalking. If the winds are light, the tours will still run; however, it will be necessary to use the motors on the boats to travel between locations.
We do not provide any guarantee that the winds will be consistent and from a suitable direction to make sailing possible. The Whitsundays is deemed partially smooth waters, and tours will only be cancelled if the Regional Harbour Master closes the area due to gale warnings or the Operator deems it unsafe to travel. If tour cancellations are necessary and ticket balance payment or pro-rate refunds are approved, the amount being paid for the ticket to the Operator will be refunded. Explore Whitsundays does not cover additional costs over or above the ticket amount. We do not guarantee a refund of the travel agent commission component or any other costs associated with the guest’s travel arrangements.
Minimum Guest Numbers
All vessels require a minimum number of guests to operate. The Operator reserves the right to cancel a scheduled trip if the minimum number of guests is not met. Where possible, the Explore Whitsundays will offer an alternative TOUR of a similar or higher standard.
Please be advised that guests on overnight vessels who request alternative dietary requirements (Such as vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten-free and dairy/lactose-free) will incur a $15 surcharge payable on check-in.
Please note that we are unable to accommodate Halal and Kosher requirements.
The majority of vessels represented by Explore Whitsundays are owner-operated, with a small team provisioning for the vessels. Airlie Beach is a remote location and does not have the same access to alternative foods as metropolitan areas.
We believe food is very important for our guests’ experience and re-fuelling for a day of activities.
Guests are asked to limit luggage as storage on yachts is minimal. Guests should pack in soft-sided bags, NO hard case trolley bags, please. Please note that there is NO luggage storage available at the Marina. There are options available on the Main Street of Airlie Beach.
The Operator has the right to refuse to board guests who arrive intoxicated or who appear to be under the influence of illegal substances. While on tour, guests must abide by instructions from the Crew. Guests must also abide by the Law, and public nuisance, harassment, abusing our staff or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Guests who refuse to follow instructions and jeopardise the safety and security of the Crew, guests, themselves or the vessel may be restrained and removed from the tour. All associated costs of removal will be borne by the guest, and no refund of ticket monies will be provided.
English Language Comprehension
We ask that all guests (or at least one member of your party) have a good understanding of English. This is especially critical when guests are participating in water sports, swimming and snorkelling.
If customers cannot understand English, it is important that a companion traveller speaks English and can translate for the non-English speaking guest.
We do have snorkelling summaries in other languages, which are provided for guests to read. If guests have any concerns at all, please get in touch with us before departing.
Guest Bed or Cabin Allocation
We will always try our best to accommodate our guest’s cabin requests.
Due to limited resources, this cannot be guaranteed. Alternatives will be offered, and if accepted, the booking will be completed.
The Operator will ask guests to vacate their accommodation and pack up their luggage on the final day to allow commencement of accommodation servicing.
For Solway Lass Guests, after lunch on the final day, guests will be asked to pack and vacate the cabin so servicing can be started.
Checking in for your tour
Guests on overnight tours must check-in before boarding
Guests are required to check in via an online waiver which is to be completed no later than 72 hours before travel. A confirmation email will be sent to the confirmed traveller.
Guest on day tours must check in before boarding
Guests are required to check in via an online waiver which is to be completed by 6.00 pm, the day before travel. A confirmation email will be sent to the confirmed traveller.
Explore Whitsundays – Children and Age Range Conditions
Age ranges vary depending on the vessel and conditions.
It is important to contact our Reservations on a case by case basis. The owner/operator of the vessel may be flexible based on the load factors, time of year, ages of children, number of children, and other age range restrictions may be amended.
Please call us or email us for age restrictions on Private Charters
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 493