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Cheap Backpacker Boats in the Whitsundays

Updated Tue 06 Sep 2022

Woman looking out at Hill Inlet Lookout

Whitsunday Overnight Sailboats for backpackers

If you are travelling the East Coast of Australia and plan to visit the Whitsundays, there are many budget boats available to you. Here are our top picks.

New Horizon Departs Monday, Thursday
and Saturday.

Fun, party group of 32 guests in total. Waterslide, SUP boards and movie screen.

Powerplay Varies departures days,
please enquire.
Social yet luxurious sailing on a modern, spacious catamaran. Onboard spa, SUPs and awesome atmosphere. Max 16 guests.
Siska Departs Wednesday, Friday
and Sunday.
Charming, speedy and exciting two-day, one-night sail. Perfect for those short on time. Max 24 guests.
British Defender Departs Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday
Authentic and fun sailing on this newly refurbished vessel. Lively, jam-packed itinerary in paradise. Max 28 guests.

Varies departure days, 
please enquire.

Max 28 passengers, fun and social crowd. Authentic and fast sailing vessel to learn the ropes. 18 - 40's social vessel
Atlantic Clipper Varies departure days, 
please enquire.
Two-day, two-night authentic sailing adventure on an impressive cruising ship. SUPs, snorkelling, giant waterslide and onboard jacuzzi amongst a social atmosphere. Max 54 guests.

Friends in a hot tub aboard Powerplay

What will I do on an overnight sail?

Each trip has a different itinerary and length of time in the Whitsundays. Each tour visits Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout, and offers snorkelling to their passengers and all of them will offer guests an amazing time as they make their way through the beautiful islands. All trips come with a skipper and crew, who are there to take care of you during your tour, keeping you fed and entertained along the way. Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't have fun during your holiday! Ask us which boat is right for you and your budget.

Whistunday sailing group of boys on board Powerplay

How to see the Whitsundays on a budget

You don't have to miss out on anything just because you're on a budget. Here in the Whitsundays, there is something for everyone. You can enjoy sailing and cruising around the islands, checking out all the amazing places we have on offer! Check out our tips and tricks to saving money on your holiday in the Whitsundays with our backpacker budgeting guide

How do I save money on an overnight sail?

With accommodation, transport, food and activities like island hopping, snorkelling and paddleboarding included, you get great value for money and see the very best the Whitsundays has to offer. It really is an inclusive adventure... without the price tag! 

Life of the party

On the topic of savings, ditch the credit card as the party comes to you on our many party boats. That means that you don't have to worry about club entry and buying expensive drinks - it's usually BYO on these boats.

Accommodation on atlantic clipper, bunks with purple sheets

Read our guide for backpackers visiting Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays as we answer all of your questions and give you travel inspo to visit this incredible paradise.

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