Derwent Hunter Day Trip

FROM: $149
5.0 (18 Reviews)

Departure Times

Departs: 8:00 am - Tue, Sat
Returns: 4:30 pm - Tue, Sat

Pricing Options

$149 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 01 Nov 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)
$119 AUD / Person - Child (6-16 years) (Between: 01 Nov 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)
$129 AUD / Person - Student/Concession (Between: 01 Nov 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)
$449 AUD / Family - Family (2A + 2C) (Between: 01 Nov 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)

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

  • Sail on a 22m timber tall ship around the Whitsunday Islands
  • Over 15 years of experience!
  • Snorkel among colourful fringing reefs 
  • Onboard bar so you can enjoy a drink as you sail around!
  • History boat with amazing history!
  • Perfect for the whole family
  • Visit Lanford Reef and Hook Island 

Set sail onboard 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.


  • Uncrowded snorkelling
  • Authentic sailing
  • Only day trip on board a traditional tall ship
  • Informative crew and experienced skipper
  • Eco-accredited award winner
  • Snorkel equipment and tuition provided
  • 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 tranquillity 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 private moorings on sheltered bays on Hook Island, 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. Stonehaven has beautiful marine life, making it a local favourite for snorkelling and exploring.

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After your time in the water, you'll hop back on board Derwent Hunter for a hearty smorgasbord lunch, before setting sail once again to the beautiful Langford Island Reef. Enjoy relaxed beach time, or jump in for another snorkel at this turtle populated hot spot!

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 Whitsunday Passage, which has amazing views of the surrounding islands as you make your way back to the marina. Derwent Hunter has an onboard 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 tall ship in the Whitsundays - don't miss out on this great experience and book today!

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Sample Menu

Morning tea: Chocolate cake, assorted biscuits, tea and coffee
Lunch: Smorgasbord of tropical salads, cold meats, fresh wraps and bread rolls
Afternoon tea: Antipasto platter, selection of speciality dips, tropical fruit platter

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Please note:
Each passenger must have a clear understanding of safety directions and instructions given in English by the crew and be able to complete the required safety forms in English. A passenger is only able to participate in water activities if they have a level of swimming experience. If a passenger is unable to swim they will still be able to participate in the sailing trip, but will not but able to participate in water activities such as snorkelling. In order to meet our minimum safety standards, passengers must be able to exit the vessel unassisted in the unlikely case of an emergency. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us.


More Information

What To Bring

Swimwear, towel, sun safe clothing, hat, sunscreen, light jacket (for cooler months).

What's Included

  • Morning tea
  • Smorgasbord lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Cheese and biscuits
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Stinger suits
  • Courtesy transfers to/from select local accommodations 

What's Extra

Beer/wine $5, water/soft drinks $2.50

Terms and Conditions

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. 


The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.

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.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling outreview-table-column the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.


Client Cancellations:

All cancellations made result in a 25% cancellation fee of the recommended retail price (RRP), not discounted or sale prices. Any cancellations made 21 days prior to travel will result in will result in forfeit of full trip fees.

Sailing Whitsundays are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (24 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to 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 Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.


Overall Rating

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 18 reviews

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Reviews by our Sailing Whitsundays customers

Bianca, 24 Dec 19
Such a beautiful sailing ship that reminded me of times past. Eco talks presented by the friendly crew highlighted the beauty of the region. Derwent Hunter's snorkel spots were amazing; I have never seen so many turtles!
Jenna, 24 Dec 19
We had a most relaxing day on board Derwent Hunter, that boat has some fascinating history! Great snorkel spots and amazing food. We even helped put the sails up!
Claire, 20 Sep 17
This was a perfect, relaxing way to explore the area. The crew were fantastic and provided a lot of information about the ship's history and sea life. The chocolate cake was fantastic and there was a great lunch with more than enough for everyone and plenty of tea and coffee during the day. They took us to some great snorkel spots and we had a total of 2 hours snorkel time. Wetsuits were also provided which was very useful! There was also factor 50 suncream on board for everyone to use. Would definitely recommend this trip to everyone!
Bert, 08 Aug 17
Great boat with rich 75 year history, great authentic sailing, great snorkelling spots near Hook island, deserted beach, good food, great crew... a fantastic day for our family.
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