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British Defender

FROM: $395

Departure Times

Departs: 2:00pm - Wed, Fri & Sun
Returns: 11.00am - Fri, Sun & Tue

Pricing Options

RRP $419 $395 AUD per Person - Shared Accom (Between: 01 May 2018 and 30 Sep 2018)

Newly refurbished British Defender is the perfect vessel for a fast sailing adventure with plenty of socialising

Ideal for the thrill-seekers who are wanting a fast and adventurous sailing trip in the Whitsundays! With 28 passengers onboard, the well-known racer British Defender is a social trip, ideal for travellers aged 18-35 who are wanting to experience all of the Whitsundays has to offer, with plenty of fun but also some time to relax. With some snorkelling, a visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout, and the chance to jump onboard a fast, maxi yacht, British Defender is a favourite.

Take the ride of a lifetime onboard British Defender! For 2 days and 2 nights, take in all that the Whitsundays has to offer while you experience Maxi Racing at its finest. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, soak up the sun at Whitehaven Beach, sail with speed and make some lifelong friends! Taking out a total of 28 passengers, this vessel boasts of space, offering a great social environment, popular among the backpacker community. Your maxi yacht 2 day and 2 night adventure will make you never want to leave the Whitsundays as you explore the islands, see Whitehaven Beach for the first time and take a walk to the world-famous Hill Inlet Lookout. Under the water, you will snorkel at two amazing sites filled with fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the Islands.
British Defender, Sailing Whitsundays
British Defender Features:

  • Offers a fun and fast maxi racing experience
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Shaded area on deck for sun protection and relaxing
  • 28 passengers, it is a sociable and fun trip
  • All meals included and made fresh
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea, tea and coffee
  • Clean, fresh linen provided for all guests

Don't miss out on the Whitsundays most popular MAXI - MAXImum deck space and MAXImum fun! Don't settle for an average sail, take the ultimate sail on board British Defender. You too can become part of the crew during the 2 day 2 night sailing cruise around the Whitsundays.

Boat Layout

The saloon features 2 dining tables so that everyone can dine together in comfort, unlike other vessels where lap dining is the norm. British Defender has 3 bathrooms with hot showers and toilets. On deck the boat is really wide, so there's plenty of deck space to chill out, plus there is a shade awning built into the boom which extends over the whole centre deck space. British Defender carries a maximum of 28 guests plus the 4 great Crew. Onboard are 6 double bunks, 16 single bunks. British Defender was constructed in 1989 and is 77 feet long.

Sample Itinerary

Every trip on British Defender is unique and itineraries will vary depending on the weather and tides.

Your maxi yacht 2 day and 2 night adventure will make you never want to leave the Whitsundays as you explore the islands, see Whitehaven Beach for the first time and take a walk to the world-famous Hill Inlet Lookout. Under the water, you will snorkel at two amazing sites filled with fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the Islands. 

Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, British Defender

While on this fast, sailing maxi, guests will zoom to each destination quickly leaving no time to waste! And, the passengers are welcome to get involved and help the crew set the sails, sit at the wheel or just sit back and relax with the wind in your hair.

Please note, itineraries can change due to the weather, tides and your captains professional judgement.


Sample Menu

Day One
On Arrival: Fresh fruit platter or tea/coffee & biscuits
Nibbles: Nachos
Dinner: BBQ chicken breast fillets with either satay or thai green curry sauce, rice, damper bread, green salad, yoghurt & cucumber dip
Dessert: Fruit cake & tea & coffee

Day Two
Breakfast: Cereal, toast, spreads, tea & coffee
Morning tea: Either fresh fruit platter or tea, coffee & biscuits
Lunch: BBQ sausages, pesto pasta salad, potato salad, garden salad & cob bread
Afternoon Tea: Fresh fruit platter or tea, coffee & biscuits
Nibbles: Cubed cheese, olives, pickled onions, carrot sticks, dips & biscuits
Dinner: Spaghetti bolognaise, garlic bread, fresh mixed salad
Dessert: Fruit cake, tea & coffee

Day Three
Breakfast: Cereal, toast, spreads, tea & coffee

Please note this is a sample of menu and is subject to change and amendments

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What To Bring

Please bring only a small soft bag with: change of clothes, hat, swim-wear, beach towel, sunscreen 30+, warm pullover for the evenings (seasonal). You will also need to bring your own alcoholic beverages, available for purchase in town. No glass bottles please.

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.

What's Included

Skipper, crew, drinking water, meals, linen, wetsuit hire, snorkelling equipment, Marine Park fees and wet weather jackets if needed.

What's Extra

BYO alcohol (no glass). Soft drinks available for purchase on board. 
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 need to tell the staff when you board the vessel.


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. The Operator also reserves the right to alter the tour or the itinerary of any of it's tours and organise alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. 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. 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 cancellations made result in 25% cancellation fee of the recommended retail price (RRP), not discounted or sale prices. All cancellations made 60-30 days prior to travel will result in a 50% cancellation fee of the total price and any cancellations made inside of 30 days to departure will result in forfeit of full trip fees. 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 travelling 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/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 and a great team, Ben, Claire and Ellen were all professional, fun and enthusiastic. So much food!! So many fun things to do and see, learning things along the way too! This is a must do while in Australia and I'd highly recommend this boat and company!"
Mon 27 Aug 2018
"I had an awesome trip with Remy, Chris and Pete last weekend :) Remy's cooking skills are amazing and the boat was the perfect choice for me and my sister. I definitely recommend the British Defender!"
Mon 06 Aug 2018
"I had an awesome trip with Remy, Chris and Pete last weekend :) Remy's cooking skills are amazing and the boat was the perfect choice for me and my sister. I definitely recommend the British Defender and seeing Whitehaven Beach!"
Thu 31 May 2018
"Had an amazing 2 day 2 night tour through the Whitsunday Islands with of course the absolute highlight, Whitehaven beach. The boat was the British Defender, air-conditioning was perfect at night. The crew, Sean, Anita and Tony are a very nice combination of talent, skill, humour and enthusiasm. The meals were fantastic, didn't expect that on a sailing boat but that must be mostly because of the cooking skills of Anita. Thanks again and keep doing as you do! Even though it ain't cheap, 5/5 from me! It was worth it."
Wed 09 May 2018
"We had a great trip on the British Defender. The crew were absolutely amazing, very professional and experienced but also relaxed and easy going. The food was great and taking part in the sailing at speed,which we did twice in the two days, was quite an experience. Attractions included snorkelling, a visit to the beautiful Whitehaven beach and some bush walks. We really enjoyed meeting the other passengers who had were from many different countries."
Fri 18 Aug 2017
"Thank you! Great experience, it felt relaxed, good music, excellent food! I appreciated all the information about preserving the area. Fun team :)"
Wed 07 Jun 2017
"Great experience thank you! It felt relaxed, good music, excellent food. I appreciated all the information about preserving the area. Fun team :)"
Wed 24 May 2017
"Very friendly staff, enjoyed the trip very much, will be recommending to all my friends!"
Fri 17 Mar 2017
"Thank you very much for a great trip. The crew were full of energy, creating an awesome environment. The food was great and the boat was always kept clean. Thank you for a great time sailing in the Whitsundays!"
May and Sam
Mon 26 Dec 2016
"Really friendly and informative crew. Food was amazing."
Mon 05 Dec 2016
"Lovely time, greatly appreciated the crew going above and beyond!"
Sun 13 Sep 2015
"Great fun! Lots of sun, friendly crew, fantastic food, very good trip!"
Tue 28 Jul 2015
"Great crew, nice boat, smooth sailing. The meals were very good and loved the snorkelling."
Mon 06 Apr 2015
"Great crew, gave us a fantastic trip with as much great sailing as the winds would allow. Great snorkelling sites and lots of information about locations provided. Very good food!"
Tue 24 Mar 2015
"We had a great time on British Defender! The crew did a fantastic job of conveying important information while making it fun. Enjoyed every minute! "
Wed 11 Mar 2015
"Great overall experience. Crew is awesome. Sites visited stunning. would definitely recommend. Had a great time on board, although would have enjoyed a bit more if music not on all nite."
Mon 23 Feb 2015
"Thanks for the beautiful trip the only small thing was sometimes the music to loud. But overall a great trip. Thanks "
Jolein Mulder
Wed 11 Feb 2015
"Very good trip - thanks Awesome Crew !"
Fri 26 Dec 2014
"Awesome trip, Crew were enthusiastic, knowledgeable + great fun. great food"
Fri 12 Dec 2014
"Literally nothing to complain about, apart from the noisy toilets (not much can be done about that I know)"
Martin Mestanek
Wed 26 Nov 2014
"Great time on the ship, crew was really friendly, food was good "
Sun 23 Nov 2014
"Great crew, great people, fun trip!"
Tue 18 Nov 2014
"It was an amazing time! great people! Too bad the scuba boat was out of commission."
Tobias Hoeschele
Tue 04 Nov 2014
"A great trip, good crew and food. Good knowledge of area. Would have liked more notice of dive being cancelled from check in office."
Wed 29 Oct 2014
"It was an amazing trip. A great adventure with a nice crew. Thanks for everything and see you soon MAYBE :)"
Wed 22 Oct 2014
"Flipper for snorkelling. Food was amazing."
Rico Schumacher
Tue 03 Jun 2014
"QUALITY - 9/10
CREW - 9/10
FOOD - 9/10
BOAT - 9/10
If possible for one or two Power points. The rest was perfect! "
Johannes Wittman
Sun 01 Jun 2014
"Good Boat. Good Crew, Great Male/Female ratio. One suggestion for improvement would be to include some sort of BBQ either on or off the boat."
Thu 29 May 2014
"QUALITY - 10/10
CREW - 10/10
FOOD - 10/10
BOAT - 10/10
Had an awesome time, crew were good as!"
Luke Murphy
Mon 26 May 2014
"Very enjoyable stay on-board. Having the chance to do a full dive as an intro was wicked. Crew very enthusiastic and fun. The beaches and corals fantastic and compared to other vessels in the area we stayed in these locations for a good long time making the most of the locations. Thank you (Nachos were awesome)"
Matthew Barker
Sat 24 May 2014
"Really fun, great crew - very enthusiastic! 10/10 "
Jackie Kopelman
Mon 19 May 2014
"Really fun. The crew were very enthusiastic. The food was excellent.
CREW - 10/10
FOOD - 10/10
BOAT - 10/10
Would you travel again - YES"
Richard Garland
Mon 12 May 2014
"Really fun. The crew were very enthusiastic. The food was excellent.
CREW - 10/10
FOOD - 10/10
BOAT - 10/10
Would you travel again - YES"
Richard Garland
Sun 11 May 2014
"A very nice trip. experienced and very pleasant crew. "
Vergard Wahl
Sun 02 Feb 2014
"Fun and sociable tour with the experience of sailing. On of my friends recommended the British Defender and I did enjoy this trp. thanks to the awesome crew."
Wed 02 Oct 2013
"Amazing experience. Great crew. Lots of Information. Relaxed atmosphere."
Fri 13 Sep 2013
"Awesome, Cool, Fun, Friendship! Off the Edge!"
Tue 03 Sep 2013
"Awesome, cook, fun, friendship - OFF THE EDGE!"
Fri 16 Aug 2013
"Great trip & group! The staff were fantastic & food was great. We will definetly be recommending this trip to family and friends."
Thu 19 Jan 2012
"We just had an awesome experience on British Defender!! We had quality crew, food & other passengers. The boat was so much fun to sail & the snorkelling and Whitehaven were beautiful Thanks for a great Whitsunday experience."
Mon 09 Jan 2012
"British Defender was an awesome sailing experience! The crew did a really good job to have everyone feeling comfortable. Also to cook us all great meals on such a boat was great. We were well informed throughout the whole trip & came home knowing so much more about the Whitsundays. Thanks!!"
Thu 29 Dec 2011
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