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Boats In The Whitsundays Perfect For A Surprise Engagement

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Talia Jones
Updated Thu 14 Mar 2024

A man bending down on one knee proposing to his girlfriend on a white sand beach

The Whitsundays is located in tropical north Queensland and is a dreamy holiday destination, popular amongst loved up couples. With picture-perfect Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef, and Hamilton Island all located in the Whitsundays, it's no wonder couples from near and far choose to vacation here. Whether it's for a wedding, a honeymoon, an anniversary, a romantic getaway, or a surprise engagement, the Whitsundays is the ultimate place to visit for those in love!

If you're thinking about proposing to your significant other with a surprise engagement, then a boat tour in the Whitsundays is the ultimate thing to do! Cruise through the turquoise blue waters, past islands, into secluded bays, as you prepare to pop the question. No matter where in the Whitsundays you are, your surprise proposal is guaranteed to be picture-perfect!

Here are the best boats in the Whitsundays for a surprise engagement!

Whitsunday Blue Private Charter

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If an island proposal is what you’re looking for, then three days at sea on Whitsunday Blue's Private Charter is for you! With space for only 8 passengers, you can have an intimate romantic getaway in your own cabin with an ensuite. Spend your days enjoying the stylish catamaran’s lounging areas, snorkelling on the reef in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, island hopping and being fed delicious and fresh meals. Whitsunday Blue visits iconic islands, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet lookout so you have an exquisite variety of locations to choose from for where you’d like to bend the knee and pop the question!


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Another boat in the Whitsundays perfect for a surprise engagement is Milady, a 54 foot yacht. You and up to 12 of your closest friends and family members can enjoy the beautiful Milady as she has space for 12 on private day charters and comfortably sleeps 6 guests in three private cabins on private overnight charters. Both private tours allow for you to personalise your itinerary and decide how you’d like to spend your time - which works in your favour if you’re trying to plan your surprise proposal! Choose to propose on Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet lookout, in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, or simply on the deck at sunset. There will be plenty of champagne on board to celebrate!

Powerplay Private Charter

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Powerplay is a stunning catamaran and makes for the perfect vessel for a surprise engagement in the Whitsundays! With a personalised itinerary, up to 16 guests of your choosing, your very own crew, private cabins with ensuite, visits to iconic destinations within the Whitsundays, and an onboard jacuzzi, why wouldn’t you want to propose on Powerplay?! Turn your proposal into a relaxing holiday and make use of Powerplay’s exciting features including stand-up paddle boards and snorkelling equipment while you explore the best of what the region has to offer! How does celebratory drinks in the jacuzzi sound?

Domino Sunset Sail Private Charter

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Domino’s private sunset sail is perfect for a surprise engagement as you can choose how many guests you’d like (if any). The intimate 2.5 hour sail offers just enough time to express your love for your partner and propose while the sun’s golden rays illuminate the sky. Sip champagne and nibble on snack platters provided while you sail around the bay, soaking in the beauty of the Whitsundays before returning to Airlie Beach by starlight. Domino can fit up to 8 guests so you can choose if you’d like this special moment to be celebrated with others, or just the two of you! (Crew are also included).


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Camira is an 85-foot bright purple catamaran that you can’t miss! The yacht offers day tours with up to 72 guests, private charters, and sunset sails (seasonal). Camira has the reputation of being one of the most fun and social tours that visits both the reef and Whitehaven Beach. If you’re wanting the dreamy beach proposal of your dreams, then a day trip on Camira to Whitehaven Beach will take you there. You either book a day trip with other guests, or you could book a private day charter with you and your loved ones who will be there to celebrate with you! During the high season, Camira also runs a sunset sail which is ideal if you want to propose while the sun sets over the Whitsunday islands.

Summer Jo 3D3N

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If you and your other half are an adventurous couple, then proposing onboard this action-packed tour might be ideal for the two of you. Summer Jo is a 30m spacious maxi yacht that has recently undergone renovations and is one of very few vessels in the Whitsundays that visits the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The yacht has a fresh new look with refurbished cabins, spacious saloon, open-plan decks, and a modern galley. Your three days on board will see you exploring the underwater world on the Outer Reef (whether it’s scuba diving or snorkelling), exploring tropical islands, visiting world-renowned beaches, and anchoring in secluded bays overnight. Why not make your proposal even more exciting and have a scuba diving proposal?! This tour is popular and can have up to 32 guests on board but luckily private cabins with ensuite are available to give the two of you some privacy.

Texas T Superyacht 

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Now if you want to splurge a little, proposing on a superyacht in the Whitsundays will go down in history! Texas T is a luxurious 92 foot superyacht offering both day and overnight private charters. Enjoy a day, night, or week being absolutely spoiled by the professional crew, and onboard chef of course. Customise your itinerary, visit secluded destinations within the Whitsunday Islands, make use of the Yamaha jetski, relax on the deluxe decks, sleep in a VIP cabin with an ensuite, indulge in the gourmet meals prepared on board, and look for sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef marine park. Texas T is the perfect boat for a surprise engagement in the Whitsundays!

Reefsuites Underwater Hotel

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If you truly want to impress your significant other, a surprise proposal in an underwater hotel room is perfect! Reefsuites Underwater Hotel is located on the Reefworld Pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. With floor to ceiling glass windows, you and your partner can marvel at the kaleidoscope of tropical marine life from the comfort of your room! Spend your days snorkelling or scuba diving on the reef, indulging in freshly prepared meals, and lazing in the sun on the pontoon. Stargaze on the deck when the sun fades, and fall asleep to the panoramic view of the underwater world. A surprise proposal on the Great Barrier Reef will be one of the most romantic and memorable nights of your life!

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