Big time budgeting? This is the Whitsundays best budget-friendly trip, offering an unforgettable sailing experience!
- Habibi is the best choice for the budget backpacker!
- Great value for money for those on a budget who are still seeking an awesome experience!
- Social, fun trip that has a young crowd and fun crew
- This trip is full of sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and exploring, all while making new friends and having the ultimate Whitsundays experience
For many years now, Habibi has been the favourite pick among backpackers and students seeking a quality boat trip that fits their budget too! She is a beautifully equipped and appointed sailing vessel that will enhance your Whitsundays sailing experience in every way possible. Explore the amazing marine life over colourful coral reefs at the very best snorkelling locations on this adventure tour and get to see the diversity and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Guests will also be taken to the unique and famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout for some exploring and quality beach time. Back on board, you can also enjoy the spacious decks which provide lots of shaded areas and plenty of seating space for socializing or relaxing. Habibi has something for everyone to enjoy their time in the Whitsundays! Downstairs, you will find spacious cabins and portholes that offer an abundance of natural light, making the bunks even more spacious and comfortable. The entire interior is lined and decorated with rich exotic timbers to enhance the warm nature of the boat.
Highlights & Features:
- Visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout
- Budget-friendly and social trip
- All meals prepared on board by your awesome crew
- Fresh, clean linen provided for all guests
- Snorkelling gear and tutorials provided to help you make the most of your time in the water
- Alfresco Dining
- BYO alcohol and soft drinks
- Spacious open plan/dorm style cabins
Enjoy all that the Whitsundays has to offer such as snorkelling, sunbathing, sailing and observing the unique wildlife, without having to empty your pockets.
Your 2 day and 1 night sailing tour will take you around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, hopping from one amazing bay to another calm cove. Prior to leaving the marina, your skipper will brief you and outline the trip agenda based on the projected weather and tidal conditions. Our many destinations include Blue Pearl Bay, known for its diverse marine life, Langford Reef, where you walk along your own secluded sand bar at low tides; and Nara Inlet, where you can see waterfalls and aboriginal cave paintings. You will also get to visit the most incredible beach in the world, Whitehaven Beach and the equally famous Hill Inlet Lookout!
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout
Stretching more than 7kms and formed from pure silica sand, getting you to Whitehaven Beach is one of your crew's prime focuses. Take a quiet stroll along the waterline, play a game of beach cricket or soccer with your fellow passengers or simply sit back and soak up the sun! Get ready to be blown away from the spectacular view of Whitehaven from Hill Inlet Lookout. The short bush walk to get there offers you the perfect chance to stretch your legs and enjoy the flora and fauna up close.
When you aren't at Whitehaven Beach or sailing to your next destination, your crew will be encouraging you to get in the water to observe the amazing marine life at the stunning snorkelling locations around the Whitsunday Islands. You will have many opportunities to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef Park, and rest assured we will get you to all the talked about hot-spots in the area! If you have never snorkelled before or you are a non-swimmer, our crew will happily provide you with a tutorial and offer you flotation devises to put you at ease.
Evenings on Habibi are relaxed and social and are a great time to grab a drink after a hard day exploring or to simply stargaze on the decks. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol on board, eskies are provided to keep your drinks nice and cool.
What To Bring
Please only bring a small soft overnight bag without any zippers (ie. a reusable shopping bag). A zipless souvenir bag can be purchased at the boat's check-in office for a few dollars. Ensure you pack clothes, a hat, swim-wear, beach towel, sunscreen 30+, warm pullover for the evenings (seasonal) and cash/card for onboard purchases. Please feel free to bring on board a reusable water bottle and/or additional snacks.
Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town, for example, your boat check-in office or at your accommodation, and they usually charge between $5-10pp for the whole trip.
- Wetsuit hire
- Snorkelling equipment
- Marine Park fees
- BYO soft drinks and alcohol (no glass or red wine)
Terms and Conditions
This is a water-based activity, for safety reasons ALL passengers must be able to swim and speak fluent English.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 21 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price.
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 email@example.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.
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 an administration fee equal to 20% of the recommended retail price 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.