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Derwent Hunter Day Trip - Sailing Whitsundays
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Derwent Hunter Day Trip

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FROM: $195

Departure Times

Departs: 8:00 am - Daily
Returns: 4:30 pm - Daily

Pricing Options

$195 AUD per Person - Adult (Between: 30 Mar 2017 and 31 Mar 2018)
$99 AUD per Person - Child 4-15 years (Between: 31 Mar 2017 and 31 Mar 2018)
$155 AUD per Person - Backpacker/Concession SPECIAL (Between: 19 Dec 2016 and 30 Jun 2017)
$175 AUD per Person - Adult - SPECIAL (Between: 19 Dec 2016 and 30 Jun 2017)
$175 AUD per Person - Student/Senior (Between: 31 Mar 2017 and 31 Mar 2018)
$525 AUD per Family - Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children) (Between: 31 Mar 2017 and 31 Mar 2018)

Derwent Hunter offers the only day trip in the Whitsundays on board a traditional tallship!

This 22m graceful timber tall ship is a rare maritime treasure with a rich Australian history. Derwent Hunter has earned itself multiple awards from Adventure and Eco Tourism with 15 years experience of snorkelling safaris, Aboriginal culture, ecology and astronomy. She combines fun with informative to create a sensational tour that is perfect for exploring the Whitsunday Islands. Join in with the sailing, or just soak up the atmosphere on this unique sailing adventure.

Set sail on board Derwent Hunter for an extraordinary one day Whitsunday Sailing adventure! With an amazing itinerary, beautiful structure, fun crew and authentic sailing on offer, Derwent Hunter is not a day trip to be missed! Derwent Hunter is a  multi-award winner for Adventure and Ecotourism and offers the best way to see the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Your day will be filled with sailing, snorkelling on the amazing coral reefs, talks on the environment, ecology, and even a bit of history! The Whitsundays are home to many rare flora and fauna, and our crew are keen to share their knowledge of the habitats and special features of the Whitsundays and its wildlife. Please note, Derwent Hunter does not depart Tuesdays.

Derwent Hunter Features:

  • Visit to a private mooring at Langford Reef 
  • Uncrowded snorkelling
  • Authentic sailing
  • Only day trip on board a traditional tallship
  • Visit two beaches in one day
  • Informative crew and experienced skipper
  • Eco-accredited award winner
  • Snorkel equipment and tuition provided
  • Explore Bali Hai and Langford Spit (a unique sand cay surrounded by colourful fringing reef)
  • Morning tea and smorgasbord lunch
  • Fully licensed bar on board

This unique award-winning and Eco-accredited Tall Ship Tour is must-do at the outstanding price, all fees included! Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Whitsunday Islands and still enjoy the many exciting activities that Derwent Hunter has to offer - book today!

Sample Itinerary

Derwent Hunter starts early so you can spend your whole day exploring the Whitsunday Islands. With sails up and the sound of the crashing waves around you, you'll not only enjoy your day's destinations, but the journey, too. You'll have morning tea on board before you stop at a private mooring at the famous Langford Reef, where you will get to hop in the water and explore the underwater world. Snorkel along the fringing reefs and get up close and personal with the beautiful marine life. Your crew will provide an eco guided walk to the sand cay and tell you all about the island and surrounding reef. Langford has beautiful marine life and is known for it's turtle population, making it a local favourite for snorkelling and exploring.

After your time in the water, you'll hop back on board Derwent Hunter for a hearty smorgasbord lunch, before setting sail once again. While you're at sea you can help the crew with hoisting the sails for an authentic sailing experience, or sit back and relax. You'll make your way across the Whtisunday Passage, which has amazing views of the surrounding islands as you make you way back to the marina. Derwent Hunter has an on board bar, so guests are welcome to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine after they are done snorkelling for the day. Derwent Hunter is the perfect place for an authentic Whitsundays experience on board the only day sailing tallship in the Whitsundays - don't miss out on this great experience and book today! 

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What To Bring

  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Beach towel
  • Sunscreen (30+)
  • Camera
  • Cash
  • Light jacket for windy or wet days

Guests normally go barefoot on boat otherwise take soft shoes with white soles for onboard and sandels for walking ashore. Derwent Hunter is a licensed vessel so no BYO please, alcohol is available on board at reasonable prices

What's Included

Morning and afternoon tea, Water, Smorgasbord Lunch, Cheese and biscuits, snorkelling gear, Marine Park fees and Stinger Suits. Bus pick up from local accommodation and resorts, please advise where staying at time of booking.

What's Extra

Any drinks, alcohol and snacks you wish to purchase on board.

Terms and Conditions

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather and may be changed or cancelled at the discretion of Whitsunday Sailing Adventures. It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings or not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases. Suitable for Children 4 years and over.


All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 3 days prior to departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the sailing holiday. If the sailing company has to cancel the trip (prior to the boat's departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given, minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance especially during the wet season.

Please note it is the responsibility of ALL passengers traveling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of ANY medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

Thank you for booking with Mr Travel if you need any advice or assistance making arrangements for your accommodation or transfers please do not hesitate to ask.

"We really enjoyed our day out on the Derwent Hunter! The tour was personal and we were lucky to have a small group. The crew were very helpful and professional and funny. The vessel is one of a kind and so worth it if you like sailing. This tour is in my eyes more personalised than others and takes you to the best reefs of Bali Hai and Langford Reef. Not all tour operators have access to Bali Hai so if you are into snorkelling and like to see the cool stuff, definitely choose these guys."
Thu 30 Jun 2016
"Fabulous day sailing and snorkelling with a knowledgeable crew! Great history of a wonderful sail boat. It was so special to see the reef this way. "
Thu 09 Jun 2016
"Me and my friend had a fabulous voyage on board the vintage Derwent Hunter. The boat itself has loads of character and history which was very interesting to find out about! We were made to feel very welcome by all staff on board who looked after us all day, they were all passionate and knowledgeable about the boat and reef! Relaxing and refreshing a perfect way to spend a Sunday! A must do in the Whitsundays! "
Fri 03 Jun 2016
"We had a fantastic day saw plenty of fish and enjoyed the awesome lunch and the crew were great and easily approachable! Recommend this trip for people looking for a trip that is a bit different with a reasonable amount of people and plenty of time for snorkelling."
Mon 09 May 2016
"Wow we got to sail on a Tallship! What an experience. Not 1 but 2 snorkelling adventures. Staff were friendly and passionate about the reef and environment and passed on their knowledge of the reef and surrounds. I have left with a true understanding of the fragile environment of the Great Barrier Reef and a new favourite destination. Thank you Derwent Hunter!"
Fri 22 Apr 2016
"Was lovely. The crew did amazing to get the weather so perfect and organised all the dolphins and Turtles. Is a beautiful ship, and even the history lesson and fish knowledge was interesting. Again thank you to the team. Fantastic day all round."
Sam Allison
Wed 13 Nov 2013
"Awesome Day - saw more sea life today than in my lifetime before. False killer whale dolphins, turtles, fish & coral. Great, great day. :) Thank you x"
Amanda Allison
Mon 28 Oct 2013
"Came to Airlie Beach with a plan to sail and snorkel in the Whitsundays and chose Derwent Hunter... good choice! The day was everything we hoped for sun, sailing, v.good snorkelling and even turtles. Plus abd excellent crew. A memorable day!"
Jan + Rob Wibberley
Thu 01 Nov 2012
"What a wonderful day we had! It was amazing to see God's creatin under the sea in such a beautiful place. THe boat the Derwent Hunter was so relaxing & peaceful under sail. The staff were fantastic, full of enthusiasm, polite, helpful and a pleasure to travel with. The meals and refreshments were excellent. All in all we had a great day on a beautiful boat. Many thanks Collin and Diane "
Colin and DIane
Sat 28 Jul 2012
"I enjoyed helping with the sails and learning about the turbid history of the vessel itself. A fun and affordable day trip, worth doing regardless of age/experience. A good day made better by attentive , informed and outgoing crew. Thank you and well done!"
Fri 18 May 2012
"“Wonderful day out! After 3 weeks of vacations throughout Australia the Whitsundays were supposed to be the highlight of our trip- and it sure was. The Derwent Hunter is a beautiful boat and surely makes sailing around the islands an unforgettable experience for years to come. Dave and his crew are always on top of things- food, nice snorkel spots and competence regarding sea life boat history and island history just to name some. We can highly recommend this trip and enjoyed the whole day” "
Family Lindsmeier
Sat 21 Apr 2012
"Thank you so much had the most amazing time. The crew was very helpful and very nice. Learn Lots! Will do this again for sure. Thank Katlyn"
Sat 21 Apr 2012
"Had a great day on board. Really enjoyed the snorkelling. Dave, Jess and Ina were awesome. Excellent food too. Will recommend!!"
Sat 24 Mar 2012
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