Superyachts in the Whitsundays

Picture 74 tropical islands surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches and azure waters right on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef - this is the Whitsundays. A Whitsundays escape offers a world-class experience like no other. While many international destinations have become overcrowded and over-developed, the Whitsundays remain largely untouched and evoke a true sense of paradise in luxury holiday-makers as they cruise through the jewel-coloured Coral Sea.

With over 21 pristine anchorages suitable for vessels over 35 metres, the Whitsunday Islands are fast becoming a must-visit destination for superyachts worldwide. The recently passed Special Recreational Vessel Bill, which allows vessels to enter Australia under a temporary Coastal Trading Licence, is likely to significantly increase the number of foreign charter superyachts to the region. Previously, vessels could not operate commercially within Australia without being fully imported - a major deterrent for those considering a charter in Australian waters. 

With an abundance of luxury resorts and facilities catering to high-end travellers, the Whitsunday islands are an aquatic paradise for superyachts just waiting to be discovered. For the precise Whitsunday superyacht anchorage locations, you can view the interactive map here.

The award-winning Coral Sea Marina

The state-of-the-art Coral Sea Marina Resort in Airlie Beach (formerly Abell Point Marina) is an award-winning superyacht haven featuring on-site facilities such as cafes, restaurants, parking and marine services plus over 500 berths for 12-70m vessels. Owner Paul Darrouzet has invested millions in the redevelopment of the marina to create the perfect home port for luxury holiday-makers from across the globe - a feat which also earnt him the coveted Superyacht Industry Champion Award in 2017. 

A past host to many well-known superyachts, including the 73m MY Dragonfly, the Coral Sea Marina Resort goes the extra nautical mile for all superyacht guests with a dedicated Superyacht Concierge service that provides the kind of world-class service only an accredited Platinum Gold Anchor marina can offer. The Coral Sea Marina Resort offers superior comfort and convenience for superyachts of all sizes.

Hamilton Island Superyacht Berthing

Hamilton Island Marina is another popular superyacht charter destination with modern facilities and a full list of exclusive services for the high-end market. There are 301 marina berths available for vessels up to 60m and Hamilton Island is even serviced by a domestic airport just minutes from the marina.

Hamilton Island itself is a world-class destination featuring many resorts, including the luxury 6-star Qualia Resort, while maintaining a charming island village feel. Complimentary shuttle buses transport guests around the island or you can choose to hire your own golf buggy to explore on your own. Visit the One Tree Hill Lookout for a spectacular view of the Whitsundays and the Coral Sea and any trip to the Whitsunday Islands would be incomplete without a visit the iconic Whitehaven Beach, only a 25-minute cruise from the marina. This stunning beach with its pure white silica sand and swirling turquoise water is a must-see destination that is ranked as one of the best beaches in the world.

Australian Superyacht Rendezvous 2020

During October 2020, the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef will have an exciting opportunity to showcase their unique world-class offerings to luxury holiday-makers from around the globe when the prestigious annual Australian Superyacht Rendezvous comes to Airlie Beach. This exclusive invitation-only event is recognised internationally as the South Pacific’s leading superyacht event and is expected to attract $250 million dollars worth of Australian superyachts plus many international vessels to the region.

“There are so many reasons why superyachts are falling in love with this area and consistently extending their stay – we invite all superyachts to come and experience the true splendour, vibrancy and diversity of our Great Barrier Reef and play a part in the future protection and research of our beautiful natural assets,” said Super Yacht Group Manager, Joanne Drake. 

The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous - Great Barrier Reef Edition will be hosted by Coral Sea Marina from the 16th to the 18th of October 2020.

Affordable Luxury Boat Options

While most of us can only dream of owning or travelling on a superyacht around the Whitsundays, there are a number of more affordable smaller boat options for an intimate experience with a touch of luxury. 

Sail in style and comfort through the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays on your own private catamaran or sailboat charter. Relax under the sails or snorkel in some of the best reefs in the world - vessels such as On Ice, Entice, Bliss and Blizzard offer luxury Whitsunday experiences with all meals freshly catered onboard and access to water toys such as sea scooters, clear canoes and stand up paddleboards. Sail through the waves with the freedom of your own personalised itinerary - the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef are unrivalled natural paradises waiting to be explored.

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