How to pick the best boat for sailing the Whitsundays

Pick the best boat to sail out into the Whitsundays with this easy and exclusive guide, made to help you find the perfect sailing experience for your next Whitsunday getaway!

Boats on the water in Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays sailing

It can be hard to find the perfect boat tour for you, especially amongst the array of Whitsunday sailing experiences that inundate the internet. But don’t fret, we’re here to make it easy! Our team of local Whitsunday experts have curated a list of our best-selling boats to help you find your perfect sailing match... without the hassle. Whether you prefer a speedy ride, a slow cruise, or something in between, we will have you sailing away on your dream vessel in no time!

  1. Whitsunday Getaway
  2. Blizzard
  3. Powerplay
  4. On Ice
  5. Entice
  6. Adventurer
  7. Blue
  8. Prima
  9. Waltzing Matilda
  10. Atlantic Clipper
  11. Solway Lass
  12. Reefsuites
  13. Siska
  14. Boomerang
  15. Eureka II
  16. Southern Cross
  17. Providence V
  18. Camira

Whitsunday Getaway

Duration: 3 days, 3 nights

Capacity: 8 people

Perfect for: Couples, honeymooners, families, friends, small groups, seniors

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

This intimate and decadent boating experience is the perfect choice for those who want to live it up in luxury whilst soaking up the wondrous sights of the Whitsundays. This spacious sailing catamaran boasts a spacious flybridge with stylish lounges, spacious cabins and modern finishes. The Whitsunday getaway will have you indulging in both nature’s beauty and luxury comforts, so book now for some seriously smooth sailings! 

Book or find out more about Whitsunday Getaway here.


Blizzard

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Capacity: 10 people

Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples, families, friends, small groups

Visits: North and South Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Hop aboard our fun and interactive Blizzard for a classic sailing experience popular amongst Whitsunday travellers. Don’t rush your time in Whitsundays, and take in the tropical bliss as you visit the hotspots and hidden gems of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. With an exciting range of water toys, like the sea scooter, guests will have an abundance of enticing marine experiences at their fingertips!

Book or find out more about Blizzard here.


Powerplay

Duration: 3 days, 3 nights

Capacity: 16 people

Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples, friends, families

Visits: North and South Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Our renowned Powerplay is bound to have you amongst some of the best gems that the Whitsundays has to offer. This social and adventure-filled tour will have you relaxing with new and old friends as you immerse yourself amongst the picture-perfect scenery of the Whitsunday Islands. Featuring an onboard heated spa, Powerplay will strike that perfect balance between luxury, socialising, relaxation and adventure.

Book or find out more about Powerplay here.


On Ice

Duration: 2 days, 2 nights

Capacity: 10 people

Perfect for: Small groups, families, couples, solo travellers

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, a range of islands (Whitsunday, Hook, Dumbell, Langford, Hayman, Black, Border and Esk) and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Our crowd-favourite, On Ice, is well-loved for its all-inclusive, comprehensive array of water toys! For the young, and the young at heart, On Ice will allow guests to turn the pristine Whitsunday waters into a marine playground. For a unique island experience, glide across the ocean in a glass-bottomed canoe, stand-up paddleboard and sea scooter! You’ll witness the stunning luminosity of the Great Barrier Reef’s marine life with On Ice’s impressive perks! 

Book or find out more about On Ice here.


Entice 

Duration: 2 days, 2 nights

Capacity: 10 people

Perfect for: Small groups, families, couples, friends

Visits: North and South Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, selected islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Pure serenity awaits you on our smooth sailing catamaran, Entice. If you’re after an authentic, cruisy sailing getaway, this one’s for you! Hang out in the bow nets amongst the pristine and wonderous natural scenery of the Whitsundays as Entice has you relaxed and back to your roots. Visit a careful selection of islands, personalised to every trip depending on weather conditions, and lap up the simple pleasures of Whitsunday sailing!

Book or find out more about Entice here.


Adventurer

Duration: 2 days, 2 nights

Capacity: 12 people

Perfect for: Couples, families, small groups and solo travellers

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Get your adventure on with the Adventurer boat experience! Stand-up paddleboarding, world-class snorkelling, underwater blue lights and an on-deck spa bath await you on this spacious catamaran. Hop from Whitehaven Beach’s pristine sands to Hill Inlet Lookout’s breathtaking views on this stable vessel bound to give you a pristine island escape, with a side of adventure!

Book or find out more about Adventurer here.


Blue

Duration: 3 days, 3 nights

Capacity: 8 people

Perfect for: Couples, honeymooners, families, friends, small groups

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Our highly popular Blue experience will, indeed, have you exploring the Whitsunday’s deep blue sea! This spacious, sleek catamaran will whisk you away to tropical island bliss as you enjoy a personalised and intimate atmosphere. Perfect for those wanting the adventure as well as the relaxed small-group vibes, Blue will impress you with its special extras such as alfresco dining, private cabins, saloon area and underwater blue lights. So sit back, relax and let your body clock switch to island time! 

Book or find out more about Blue here.


Prima

Duration: 2 days, 1 night

Capacity: 12 people

Perfect for: Solo travellers, families, small groups, couples and those short on time!

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Perfect for everyone and anyone, Prima is a fantastic sailing option for those wanting to get a true taste of the Whitsundays on a time budget! The serene, smooth sailing is enhanced by a bubbly, social atmosphere and natural wonder! Dive in for a glimpse of the underwater magic with a world-class snorkel, as our friendly crew take you to the very best spots in this heavenly slice of paradise! 

Book or find out more about Prima here.


Waltzing Matilda

Duration: 2 days, 1 night

Capacity: 14 people

Perfect for: Small groups, friends, families, couples, solo travellers

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, selected islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 

All aboard this Australian icon, Waltzing Matilda, a traditional and grand Roberts Ketch sailing boat. She is perfect for those wanting an authentic sailing experience! Set sail and glide through the waves on this spacious vessel, perfect for taking you on a smooth journey through the tropical islands of the Whitsundays. Including a snorkelling experience that will illuminate the Great Barrier Reef’s marine beauty, guests are in for a classic day of sailing, unique to this pristine utopia called the Whitsundays.

Book or find out more about Waltzing Matilda here.


Atlantic Clipper


Duration: 2 days, 2 nights

Capacity: 54 people

Perfect for: Backpackers, solo travellers, small groups and couples

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Tongue Bay, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

One of our liveliest boats, the Atlantic Clipper is absolutely perfect for those after a social sail, taking a whopping 54 guests onboard the biggest commercial boat in the Whitsundays! Enjoy the best of fun and entertaining onboard festivities, as well as getting a taste of the magical Whitsunday Islands. Bask in the sun on the white sands of Whitehaven and go for a light bushwalk up to Hill Inlet Lookout with your motley crew of new and old friends. Enjoy optional addons like the banana boat, stand-up paddleboarding and diving if you a little something extra! You won’t want to miss this one, especially if you like an evening boogey!

Book or find out more about Atlantic Clipper here.


Solway Lass


Duration: 2 days, 2 nights

Capacity: 30 people

Perfect for: Couples, solo travellers, small groups

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, selected islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Solway Lass, our cedar and teak boat, is a simply stunning way to make the Whitsunday Islands your oyster! Take in the abundance of traditional sailing finishes and history at your fingertips as you sail smoothly through the waves. Featuring a spacious deck, bow nets and an onboard cocktail bar, you’ll be feeling like a royal pirate in no time! To explore the Great Barrier Reef with a historical twist, Solway Lass is the best choice for you. 

Book or find out more about Solway Lass here


Reefsuites

Duration: 2 days, 1 night

Capacity: 4 people

Perfect for: Seniors, families, couples, friends

Visits: Hardy Reef, Floating Pontoon, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Whitsunday Islands

Although not a sailing boat, Reefsuites is the perfect experience for seniors and those who aren't confident in their sea legs! Reefsuites will take you on a stable and fabulous cruise through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Take in the incredible views of the Great Barrier Reef and witness beautiful marine life on the Hardy Reef floating pontoon! You'll rub shoulders with spectacular creatures, with the option to snorkel if you crave some marine adventure. Rest your head in your exclusive luxury suite equipped with floor-to-ceiling glass walls as you witness the unbelievable marine life from any time of the day and night! Embark on a journey that will leave full of Whitsunday delight!

Book or find out more about Reefsuites here


Siska


Duration: 2 days, 1 night

Capacity: 24 people

Perfect for: Backpackers, solo travellers, friends, small groups, those short on time

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, selected islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Siska will whisk you away on a jam-packed overnight tour of tropical bliss as you take advantage of her rich sailing history! You won’t miss a beat on this salty experience and our crew will have you revelling in the thrill of a speedy sail. Chat with other travellers on a social tour as you explore the hidden gems of the Whitsundays with plenty of beachside and snorkelling time.

Book or find out more about Siska here.


Boomerang


Duration: 2 days, 2 nights

Capacity: 28 people

Perfect for: Backpackers, solo travellers, friends, small groups

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, selected islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

The adventure-filled Boomerang is ever-popular for her spacious deck, social atmosphere and racing history! Well-loved by explorers and backpackers, Boomerang will give a speedy ride with ample time to socialise and soak up the sun, salt and sand! Break the surface for a world-class Great Barrier Reef snorkel, and explore the best island paradises of the Whitsundays. Try a hands-on sailing experience and take the wheel and help set sail to experience the thrill of wind power. Hop aboard the Boomerang for a social, zippy and authentic sailing tour!

Book or find out more about Boomerang here.


Eureka II


Duration: 2.5 days, 2 nights

Capacity: 12

Perfect for: Small groups, friends, couples, solo travellers, backpackers

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, selected islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

An unbeatable choice for those after a hands-on adventure without sacrificing the modern comforts of home! Eureka is actually on the Grand Prix Racing Circuit, and guests can try their hand at sailing aboard this sleek ocean racer! Wind down amongst spacious interiors and luxury leather upholstery where our crew will wine and dine you with freshly prepared, delicious meals. Explore Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet as you experience some serious Whitsunday magic on this social and relaxed tour. 

Book or find out more about Eureka ll here.


Southern Cross

Duration: Day-tour

Capacity: 23

Perfect for: Families, small groups, friends, couples, solo travellers, those short on time

Visits: Langford Reef, Black Island (Bali Hai), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

A fantastic adventure for the whole family, you won’t want to miss your chance to sail aboard our Southern Cross, an American Cup sailing race finalist. Her sleek, sturdy and spacious design is perfect for delivering you from snorkelling paradise to sandy oasis as you immerse yourself in the wonder of the Whitsundays. These less-visited snorkelling spots will allow guests to be bewildered by the kaleidoscopic underwater world, as our experienced crew provide everything, from the gear to the instruction. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Whitsundays on this exciting tour perfect for everyone!

Book or find out more about Southern Cross here


Lady Enid


Duration: Day tour

Capacity: 24 people

Perfect for: Couples, friends, small groups, solo travellers (18+ experience)

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Tongue Bay, Betty Beach, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

This rare, Australian-heritage yacht is a splendid choice for a day of luxury and charming ocean sailing. Our experienced crew will take care of everything, from complimentary bubbles and gourmet lunch to smooth travels, as you kick your feet up and breathe in the picturesque, pristine Whitsundays. This elegant escape is the perfect choice for a rejuvenating, elegant day sail, where you can watch your worries fly away with the wind. 

Book or find out more about Lady Enid here


Providence V

Duration: Day tour

Capacity: 24 people

Perfect for: Families, friends, couples, solo travellers, those short on time

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Betty’s Beach, Dumbell Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Our incredibly popular Providence V is a stunning, baby tall-ship built from Tully Rainforest timber, and is bound to show you the true meaning of Whitsunday charm! Enjoy smooth sailings aboard this sturdy, magnificent ship which will take you to some of the most beautiful fringing reefs in the world! Known as the “local pirate ship,” Providence V is actually a Hollywood star that has been featured on the big screen! This is an accessible and cruisy tour, so let our crew take care of everything as you soak up an authentic sailing and snorkelling experience aboard our incredible Providence V.

Book or find out more about Providence V here.


Camira


Duration: Day tour

Capacity: 72 people

Perfect for: Families, friends, couples, solo travellers, backpackers, small groups, those short on time

Visits: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, selected islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Camira, our 85-foot, ocean-going catamaran, will have you breathing that sea air as she sails you out to our favourite spots in the Whitsundays! The speed and finesse of this impressive vessel is a favourite amongst travellers, with an abundance of activities such as snorkelling, bushwalking and beachside exploring included. Another crowd-pleaser is the scrumptious spread that our experienced crew put on for lunch, where you can fuel up on fresh, local food and have a cheeky cool beverage. A perfect choice for those that want to squeeze the very best of the Whitsundays into a day, Camira really will be your dreamboat!

Book or find out more about Camira here.


All of our boat experiences include gourmet meals and/or nibbles, prepared fresh on board by our experienced crew. The menus for each sailing experience are available, just click the links provided to explore our delicious options.

Nearly all of our boats are available for private charter if you’re after a more personalised getaway experience. check out our private charter options here, or get in touch!

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