The Best Ideas for Sailing Whitsundays

Sailing Whitsundays is a dream holiday for everyone and for good reason. What could be better than sailing from one island paradise to another?


One of the top activities in the Whitsunday Island is sailing. The bad news is that you need to have the money and the time to do, and if you do, then you’re going to have the time of your life. The good news is that you can sail the Whitsundays from anywhere in the area whether you’re based on Airlie Beach or staying at Hamilton Island or one of the other islands in the Whitsundays. So read on to find out how you can best enjoy sailing Whitsundays.

The best place to organise your sailing adventure around the Whitsundays is from Airlie Beach. There are numerous sail boat operators that depart from Shute Harbour or Abel Point Marina and you can choose one that suits your needs. Whether you want to sail your own boat or prefer to take a day tour to Whitehaven Beach, there are plenty of options to choose from at Airlie Beach.


Rent a Bareboat

There are a number of Airlie Beach sailing options available including bareboats (boats rented without a skipper, crew or provisions) that can be rented from charter companies around Airlie Beach. See Charter Yachts AustraliaCumberland Charter YachtsQueensland Yacht Charters and Whitsunday Escape for more information.


Sailing Tour Companies

For some of the best Airlie Beach sailing options, consider the following sailing tour companies / vessels that come highly recommended.

Oz Sailing Adventure – The company has a range of vessels including three tall ships, four racers and four sail-and-dive boats. There’s also a sailing school if you catch the bug.

Maxi Action Ragamuffin – Ragamuffin was a line honours winning in the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 1979. Nowadays she leads a more sedate existence and does two day trips: on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday she visits Hayman Island’s beautiful Blue Pearl Bay for snorkelling: on Thursday and Sunday she heads for a Whitehaven Beach picnic cruise. Cruises depart Shute Harbour at 8:45am and return about 4:15pm. There is also a Two Cruise Special for two separate days.

Maxi Apollo – Another Sydney to Hobart winner, the Apollo does a three-day two-night cruise to Whitehaven Beach and Blue Pearl Bay departing at 9:30am on Monday and Friday, returning at 4pm on Wednesday and Sunday. Maxi Apollo departs from Abel Point Marina.

Southern Cross Sailing Adventures Southern Cross runs adventure sailing cruises on racing yachts such as Siska and Southern Cross, as well as more sedate cruises aboard the magnificent tall ship Solway Lass. You can also combine the racing-yacht and tall-ship experience.


Learn to Sail

The Whitsundays are also one of the best and most popular places to learn how to sail. Should you choose this activity, there are numerous courses on offer. Try Whitsunday Marine Academy run by Oz Adventure Sailing or Whitsunday Sailing Club.


Whichever sailing option you choose, you are guaranteed to have a great time sailing from one island to another. These are memories you will cherish forever and you can also tick ‘Sailing Whitsundays’ off your bucket list.


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