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Cheap Backpacker Boats In The Whitsundays

Updated Wed 08 May 2024

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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. Each backpacker recommended boat has individual key features and highlights. Here are our top picks.

Vessel Length Departure Days


Guest Capacity

New Horizon 2 days, 2 nights Monday, Thursday
and Saturday

Dive board, water toys, giant waterslide, authentic sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, fully catered, visits to Whitehaven Beach and other iconic Whitsunday Island spots. 

32 passengers

Powerplay 2 days, 2 nights Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (but can vary) Social yet luxurious sailing on a modern, spacious catamaran. Featuring an onboard spa, SUPs and spacious lounging decks.  16 passengers
Siska 2 days, 1 night Wednesday, Friday
and Sunday
Snorkelling, delicious menus, Whitehaven Beach visit, Authentic sailing.  23 passengers
Defender 2 days, 1 night Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday
Authentic and fun sailing, jam-packed itinerary, snorkelling, iconic island visits, and air-conditioned.  26 passengers
Apollo 3 days, 2 nights

Thursday and Sunday

Unique vessel sailing history, snorkelling, social, visits to Whitehaven, and a divine menu. 26 passengers
Summer Jo 3 days, 3 nights

Wednesday and Saturday

Visits to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, scuba diving, snorkelling, night dives, onboard chef, air-conditioned, brand dew refit. 33 passengers
Atlantic Clipper 2 days, 2 nights Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Authentic sailing adventure on an impressive cruising ship. SUPs, snorkelling, giant waterslide and onboard jacuzzi amongst a social atmosphere.  54 passengers

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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.

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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!

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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! 

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