British Defender Private Charter


Departure Times

Departs: 2:00pm - Wed, Fri & Sun
Returns: 11:00am - Fri, Sun & Tue

Newly refurbished British Defender is the perfect vessel for your private charter of the Whitsundays

  • Ideal for larger groups with space for up to 28 people. Great for reunions, birthdays, anniversaries and more!
  • Visit top destinations in the Whitsundays, spending your time where you want!
  • Work with the crew to build your perfect itinerary
  • Hop onboard a fast maxi yacht and enjoy the thrill of real sailing!
  • A unique experience with a fun crew so you can experience the Whitsundays at their best!

Take the ride of a lifetime onboard British Defender! Your group will get to take in all that the Whitsundays has to offer while you experience maxi racing at its finest on this private charter. Visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and the Great Barrier Reef marine park as you sail around the Whitsundays. With room for up to 28 people, this fun trip will be one of the most memorable of your life! 

Highlights & Features:

  • Offers a fun and fast maxi racing experience
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Ideal private charter for larger groups
  • Shaded area on deck for sun protection and relaxing
  • All meals included and made fresh
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea, tea and coffee
  • Clean, fresh linen provided for all guests
  • BYO alcohol 

Hop onboard British Defender for the trip of a liftime! 

Hill inlet, whitehaven

Sample Itinerary

Whitehaven Beach

Your itinerary will include a visit to the famous Whitehaven Beach - known for its pure silica sands and 7km of coastline. Relax on the soft white sand, go exploring the shallows and look for baby stingrays and lemon sharks, and search for secret coves and beaches!

Hill Inlet

You will also to get to visit Hill Inlet Lookout, which overlooks Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, some of the most beautiful scenery mother nature has to offer. This lookout is what Whitehaven Beach is famous for, and a must-see when visiting the Whitsundays!


Immerse yourself in an underwater world of colourful corals and abundant marine life during your trip, as you snorkel the fringing Great Barrier Reef! Our highly trained crew will offer safety briefings and guidance for every comfort level, and ensure they take you to the best snorkel sites during your trip.

Authentic Adventure Sailing

British Defender is a maxi yacht, meaning she is twice the size of normal vessels and can reach incredible speeds. She is designed for sailing and with the wind power behind you - there is nothing quite as impressive as a maxi yacht! Get the chance to learn to sail, or sit back and relax, the choice is yours!

Sailing on British Defender


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 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 crew. Onboard are 6 double bunks, 16 single bunks. 

British Defender was constructed in 1989 and is 77 feet long.

More Information

What To Bring

Please bring only a small soft bag with:

  • Change of clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Beach towel
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle to refill
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunnies etc.)
  • Warm clothes/pullover for evenings (seasonal)

You will also need to bring your own alcoholic beverages, available for purchase in town, or from Coral Sea Cellars at the southern end of Coral Sea Marina. No glass bottles permitted.

Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town. Please click here for more information.

What's Included

  • Skipper
  • Crew
  • Drinking water
  • Meals
  • Linens
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Snorkelling equipment*
  • Marine Park fees
  • Wet weather jackets if needed

*Regular snorkelling equipment supplied. If you require any additional equipment such as a prescription snorkel mask, please contact Aqua Dive (refer to "What's Extra") for hire options.

What's Extra

  • BYO alcohol (no glass). Soft drinks available for purchase on board. 
  • Peak holiday seasons (i.e. Christmas, Easter, New Years) may incur a surcharge. Please enquire at the time of booking.
  • As of 01 July 2020: EMC Fee's will be applicable ($23 per person for a 2D/2N Charter, $25 per person for a 3D/3N Charter - longer charters please enquire) - payable direct at check-in.

Holiday Surcharges for 2020 onwards:

  • Tours at sea between the 24th of December to the 2nd of January will incur a local payment once-off fee of $20 per person per night, payable direct at check in.
  • Tours departing on Easter Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday will incur a once-off fee of $20 per person per night, payable direct at check in.

If you need additional or special snorkel equipment (such as a prescription snorkel mask) please contact Aqua Dive for hire options.

Aqua Dive Hire and Supplies
Coral Sea Marina (North Village)
(07) 4946 4074

Terms and Conditions

Important Information:

The specified deposit amount is required to secure the booking, with the remaining balance due 2 months prior to departure. Failure to pay the remaining balance before the due date may result in termination of the charter (cancellation fees apply).

This is a water-based activity, for safety reasons ALL passengers must be able to swim and speak fluent English. 

Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

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.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

Travel Risk/Insurance:

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 the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly 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. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Client Cancellations:

All cancellations forfeit the non-refundable deposit. All balance payments are due 2 months prior to departure. Failure to pay the remaining balance before this scheduled date will result in termination of the charter and forfeit of the non-refundable deposit. Once the balance payment has been made, no shows and client cancellations made within 30 days of departure forfeit 100% of the full ticket price.

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Sailing Whitsundays/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.


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