Choose a trip different to the rest - See the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach AND the outer Great Barrier Reef on board Anaconda!
As one of the only overnight boat trips that heads to the outer Great Barrier Reef as well as Whitehaven Beach, Anaconda III is a popular choice. All passengers are provided with a FREE scuba experience and the option of multiple scuba dives during your 3 night trip. You are also able to complete an Open Water or Advanced Dive Course on board! Whether you are an avid diver or simply want to experience the amazing underwater playground that is the Great Barrier Reef, Anaconda III is the perfect trip for all ages.
Anaconda III is not just a maxi-yacht, but a mega-yacht! Below the deck, the vessel boasts a large saloon with TV/ DVD player, bar area with air conditioning, as well as comfortable lounges and a huge lifting table. All of the delicious meals are served in a smorgasboard, buffet style, all of which is freshly prepared by the onboard by the chef. Complete an AUSI Open Water or Advanced Dive Course onboard Anaconda. This 3 day, 3 night trip guarantees exciting sailing, a great crew and all the amazing sights of the Whitsundays - check out our video below and book today!
- Whitsundays largest, fastest and most comfortable vessel
- Onboard scuba diving with very experienced dive instructors
- Visit world-famous Bait Reef at the Outer Great Barrier Reef
- Visit Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach
- Licensed bar on board - with happy hour specials!
- Snorkelling and dive equipment included
- Private air conditioned cabins available
- Built in 1986 and is 101 feet of fun!
- All meals are freshly prepared by your crew
- Very spacious decks with lots of room to move
- Complete your AUSI Open Water or Advanced Dive Course on board
- 32 guests making for a sociable and action packed experience
Anaconda III offers a variety of spacious accommodation styles, all featuring air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Anaconda III has one queen cabin, two private double cabins, two private twin cabins and also several quad share cabins. Each cabin has en-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin. The sleeping arrangements are designed to make Anaconda III the perfect pick for both couples, groups and single travellers. With spacious decks, large lounging areas and a saloon, Anaconda III is one of the most comfortable yachts in the Whitsundays! Private cabins are based on 2 people sharing.
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Every trip itinerary onboard Anaconda III is unique and it is guaranteed that you visit all the hot spots of the Whitsundays!
Destinations you should expect to visit: Bait Reef (part of the Outer Great Barrier Reef), Hook Island, Blue Pearl Bay and Luncheon Bay.
Other possible destinations to visit: Butterfly Bay, Langford Reef, Mackerel Bay, Maureens Cove, Border Island and many more!
DAY 1 - Depart Abell Point Marina at 7pm
As you board Anaconda III, you will be greeted by the friendly crew and offered a glass of chilled Aussie wine to kick-start your adventure! A designated crew member will give you a tour of the vessel and show you to your assigned cabin. Once all passengers have boarded and settled in, it time to set sail into the night. Get to know your crew and other passengers over a couple cold beverages and nibblies. Enjoy the thrill of sailing under the stars as you make your way to your overnight anchorage. Your Skipper will find a calm, protected bay so that you can enjoy your nights sleep.
DAY 2 - Whitehaven Beach and Hook Island
Thanks to all the travelling you did the night before, you are now right where you want to be to ultilise the entire day! After a delicious buffet-style breakfast, your crew will take you to a gorgeous, secluded beach. Take part in beach games and activities like cricket, baseball and beach volleyball or simply kick back and soak up the sunshine. After 2-3 hours of beach fun, you will re-board Anaconda III and get ready to sail to the top end of Hook Island. The crew will have a smorgasbord lunch awaiting your arrival!
Take in the scenery as you sail the length of Whitehaven Beach and other islands towards the top of Hook Island - there are many spectacular bays within this region to choose from. Once we have arrived at the destination (usually Luncheon Bay), your crew will prepare you for all in-water activities. This is the most ideal time and location to give scuba diving a try for the first time - you will start from a calm and shallow beach until you are comfortable, with the vibrant reefs only a mere 10 metres in the distance. Certified divers should not give this dive a miss! Your experienced dive guide will show you all the best that this underwater region has to offer. After an afternoon full of water activities, you will sail your way to Bait Reef, anchoring in a protected coral lagoon.
DAY 3 - A full day at the Outer Great Barrier Reef, Bait Reef
Enjoy a sensational day of snorkelling, scuba diving, sun and food; all whilst at the heart of the world's largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef. With so much to be seen, you will find yourself having a hard time getting out of the water! Bait Reef is the primary destination for Anaconda III, offering numerous top dive sites, unparalleled to anywhere else in the World. Wind down the day with some great food, crisp drinks or perhaps a night dive?
DAY 4 - One last snorkel/dive and return
Depending on conditions and timing, Anaconda III will sail from Bait Reef back to the Whitsunday Islands either the morning of day four or the previous night. Either way, you will get the chance to visit the Whitsundays' fish bowl, Blue Pearl Bay. Whether snorkelling or scuba diving, you will be overwhelmed with the number and colours of tropical fish and other marine life that populate this bay. Don't miss the fish feeding which often attracts Elvis, the large Maori Wrasse who dominates the region - probably the biggest and most friendly fish you've ever seen! A two hour sailing journey will lead you back to Abell Point Marina, where the journey finishes. Keep those eyes peeled for the 2 hours as there's always the chance of spotting dolphins, turtles, sea snakes, sharks and possibly even humpback whales (July - October)!
After-party: Once you arrive back to Abell Point Marina, the fun is still not over! Anaconda III has an official after-party at one of Airlie Beach's most popular evening venues, Breeze Bar. Show up between 6:30 - 7pm and you will get VIP treatment just for being an Anaconda III passenger!
Snorkelling & Diving
This trip offers great opportunities for both certified divers and first-timers. Scuba diving amongst the coral playgrounds of the Great Barrier Reef is a prime focus on board Anaconda III, and are conducted by Queensland's premier dive company. For the serious diver they offer up to 6 dives; some at the beautiful inner fringing reef among the Whitsunday Islands and some at Bait Reef, part of the Outer Reef. If you are not a qualified diver but would like to experience the thrill of scuba diving, the fully qualified and professional instructors will be happy to introduce you to the amazing underwater world amongst the coral reef, subject to age, medical questionnaire and conditions.
Dive Prices for Certified, Introductory & Night Dives:
- Scuba Experience Free
- 1 Dive $75
- 2 Dives $125
- 3 Dives $175
- 5 Dives $245
- Extra Dives over 5 are $40 each
Night Dives for certified divers include torch, batteries and cylumes.
For those who want to complete their Open Water Dive Course whilst in Australia, what better place to do it than the wonderful Whitsunday Islands!! You can complete your AUSI Open Water Course or AUSI Advanced Dive Course onboard Anaconda III, the only vessel in the Whitsundays to offer this amazing package! Superb in value, it's great introduction to diving for keen wannabe scuba divers! Please enquire for more details!
Upon boarding: A glass of Australian wine
Evening snack: Freshly cut carrot and celery sticks with an assortment of cheese, crackers and dip.
Help yourself to complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits or purchase a wine, beer or soft drinks from the licensed bar and enjoy it on deck!
Breakfast: A selection of cereals, fresh toast, a variety of fruit jams and spreads, fresh fruit salad as well as tea, coffee and juice.
Lunch: Smorgasbord lunch with fresh bread rolls, a selection of deli meats such as silverside, ham, and chicken accompanied fresh salad ingredients and mayonnaise
Afternoon Tea: Cheese and dip platter with crackers, carrot and celery sticks
Dinner: Succulent roast chicken with herb stuffing served with spicy topping, pesto pasta steamed vegetables and garlic and herb golden roast potatoes.
Dessert: Devilishly rich chocolate Bavarian dessert
Breakfast: A selection of cereals, toast, a variety of fruit jams and spreads, fresh fruit salad as well as tea, coffee and juice
Lunch: Spicy beef and bean tacos with fresh tomato, corn, and lettuce served with choice of coconut rice or steamed rice, sour cream, sweet chili and salsa
Afternoon Tea: Fresh cheese and dip platter with crackers, carrot and celery sticks
Dinner: Seafood BBQ on deck featuring fresh fish parcels marinaded with garlic, herbs and butter served with salads, creamy potato mash and warm garlic bread
Dessert: Delicious French vanilla cheesecake with crumb base
Breakfast: A selection of cereals, toast, a variety of fruit jams and spreads, fresh fruits well as tea, coffee and juice
Lunch: Warm quiche Lorraine and cheesey pasta bake served with a selection of crisp salads
Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change and amendments.
BOOK WITH US TODAY! CALL 1800 550 751 OR (07) 4914 2425 IF LOCAL
- All gear and tuition is provided onboard, except wetsuits $22.00 pp which can be hired at the marina before departure.
- Non-swimmers on the trip are able to disembark the boat and take part in activities, however for safety reasons you must be able to swim if you wish to snorkel or dive.
Anaconda III is also available for private charter.
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What To Bring
Please only bring a small soft overnight bag without any zippers (ie. a re-usable shopping). A zip less souvenir bag can be purchased at the boat's check-in office for a few dollars. Ensure you pack clothes, a hat, swim-wear, bath and beach towel, sunscreen 30+, warm pullover for the evenings (seasonal)and cash/card for on board purchases. Please feel free to bring onboard a reusable water bottle and/or additional snacks.
All alcohol is to be purchased from the licensed bar on board - NO BYO alcohol allowed on board.
Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town including most boat check-in offices, a 24 hour locker shop on The Esplanade, most hostels, or at your accommodation. Most charge between $5-10pp for the duration of your trip.
Skipper, crew, water, meals, linen, snorkelling equipment and all Marine Park fees.
- You are required to wear a full length wetsuit to snorkel or dive, you can bring own or hire one on-board for $22pp for whole trip
- Alcoholic beverages to be purchased from licensed bar (Beer - $4.50; Glass of wine - $3.50; Spirits - $5.50). Please note these prices are subject to change and are a guide only.
- Soft drinks and bottled water available for purchase on board.
- Scuba diving is an additional cost - all diving can be decided on and paid for on board. Please note dives are subject to age, weather, other conditions and the dive instructors discretion.
Your safety in the water is our primary concern. To ensure your comfort and safety divers must be 12+ years or over and they may require that you have a Divers Medical Certificate for certain medical conditions and also if you are over 45 years old.
Please read the following questions carefully:
- Do you currently have an ear infection?
- Do you have a history of ear disease, hearing loss or problems with balance?
- Do you have a history of ear or sinus surgery?
- Are you currently suffering from a cold, congestion, sinusitis or bronchitis?
- Do you have a history of respiratory problems, severe attack of hayfever or allergies, or lung disease?
- Have you had a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or history of chest surgery?
- Do you have active asthma or history of asthma, emphysema or tuberculosis?
- Are you currently taking medication that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
- Do you have behavioral health problems or a nervous system disorder?
- Are you or could you be pregnant?
- Do you have a history of colostomy?
- Do you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
- Do you have a history of high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
- Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
- Do you have a history of bleeding or other blood disorders?
- Do you have a history of diabetes?
- Do you have a history of seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
- Do you have a history of back, arm or leg problems following an injury, fracture or surgery?
- Do you have a history of fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?
If any of these conditions apply to you, you will require a Divers Medical Certificate before you can scuba dive.
A Divers Medical Certificate can be obtained from:
Whitsunday Doctors Service
257 Shute Harbour Rd (Opposite xBase)
Ph: 07 4946 6241
Terms and Conditions
All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. 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 and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Non-swimmers on the trip are able to disembark the boat and take part in activities, however for safety reasons you must be able to swim if you wish to snorkel or dive. 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.
Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. Also please note that you need to allow time prior to the boats departure to check in, please ask us for more details.
All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 21 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.
Thank you for booking with Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any advice or assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Great trip. The equipment was great and the instructors always told us the best places to go. Our intro dive was fantastic and gave us a true experience in Scuba diving. We will now be doing our PADI. Thanks for a great trip."