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Overnight Sailing, Whitsundays

The most famous of all things to do while in the Whitsundays is to go on an overnight sailing tour, and who wouldn’t want to set sail on aqua waters of the Coral Sea around the tropical islands and enjoy a few days of bliss.

The most difficult part of the whole trip is choosing one! With up to 50 different overnight sailing vessels, the Whitsundays offers a tour type to suit everyone and they vary in cost and time to ensure all travellers are catered for.

The vessel

The vessel you go on is up to you, and there is every type of trip you could think of. Here are the main categories: catamarans, short on time, diving onboard, outer Great Barrier Reef, backpackers (18-35), traditional sailing and couples. There are also private charter options which is ideal for a group or family who are wanting a personalised tour on their own vessel and are accompanied by a skipper and host.

The itinerary

Every overnight tour is different with no two trips the same. This is because the skipper must determine each destination in conjunction with the wind and tides. Despite this, the crew do their absolute best to guarantee a stop at Whitehaven Beach, a bushwalk up to Hill Inlet Lookout and a number of different snorkelling sites. There may also be some beach hopping and sailing with a drink as the sun sets is a must.

The food

This is entirely dependent on the tour you choose and what is available at the time – but be assured it will be delicious! A sample itinerary of the menu is available on each individual boat page.

The guests

As a shared overnight sailing tour, you will join a group on the vessel who are usually like-minded travellers!


Each vessel has a different layout and may feature single or double beds, triple cabins and private double cabins. The shared accommodation option is generally located in the saloon or open-plan area of the vessel and the space will be shared with other guests. Private cabins are very popular and feature either a double or twin beds in your own cabin. Some vessels also have ensuites attached to the cabin. The prices vary and it is important to check availability before booking.

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