Introducing New Horizon's new 1 night tour! Perfect for backpackers wanting to socialise while on a wild Whitsunday adventure.
- One of the few overnight boats with scuba diving - an unforgettable experience!
- Fun tour on an authentic sailing boat that will offer a unique experience.
- Look forward to snorkelling, Whitehaven Beach and a visit to Hill Inlet Lookout.
- Plenty of fun extra on board like waterslide, paddleboards and jet boat rides!
New Horizon is the ideal trip for those with a sense of fun and a craving for adventure! Being one of the most popular tours on the East Coast of Australia, backpackers travel from all corners of the globe just to take part in this unequalled Whitsunday adventure that will have you laughing, exploring and making memories to last a lifetime!
Highlights & Features:
- Dive board so you can 'walk the plank'
- Optional evening entertainment and games
- Visit all the highlights of the Whitsunday Islands
- Ample time at Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout
- Snorkel reefs belonging to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Great sailing experience - get involved or simply relax
- Snorkelling equipment and flotation devises provided
- All meals prepared by a professional and friendly crew
- Jet boat rides and banana boat rides now available!
- Inflatable water slide and stand-up paddleboards
- Comfortable and spacious vessel at 69ft long
- Hot showers and fresh linen provided
- Movie theatre area with beanbags
- Fully air-conditioned for your comfort
- BYO Alcohol
Snorkel or dive amazing coral reefs, take an exhilarating ride on a jet boat, 'walk the plank', zip down a mega slide, or paddleboard around secluded bays - New Horizon has it all! This is just the start of the activities you can get your hand on while sailing the Whitsundays on New Horizon!
The best part about this tour is the flexibility to do your trip, your way. While there are plenty of action-packed activities you are also welcome to relax on the deck and soak up the sun, or lounge on beanbags in the air-conditioned movie room.
New Horizon is also available for Private Charter.
- Water sports such as scuba diving, jet boat rides and banana boat rides are bonus activities. It is important to note these activities are not guaranteed and are subject to factors including weather, availability and Covid-19 restrictions.
Our stunningly famous beach is often referred to as one of the world's Top Ten Beaches, confirmed by Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet. The stark white sands and cool blue backdrop provide the perfect photo opportunity, making it the ideal place to snap some shots so you can walk away with incredible images to share with the world! Thousands of visitors come to the Whitsundays every year just to see it for themselves and enjoy its unique beauty and soak up its stunning surroundings. Its pure white silica sand is actually said to have come all the way from Antarctica or is even the result of ancient volcanic activity. It's very fine nature means the sand is millions of years old and makes for the perfect place to relax, play beach games or explore. It squeaks between your toes as you walk around and doesn't get hot like normal sand due to its composition and colour, making it some of the most unique sand in the world. Come to experience Whitehaven Beach on board New Horizon and see it for yourself - we know you won't be disappointed!
Hill Inlet lookout
On every trip, the vessel makes its way to the stunning Hill Inlet Lookout - another one of our favourite destinations! With views that justify its popularity on Instagram, Hill Inlet is the second most photographed place in Australia, only after the Sydney Harbour Bridge! The lookout point gazes down on the shifting sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, where you can see the amazing swirling sands and surrounding islands. Every day is a different masterpiece made by nature, of azure blue seas and stunning vivid white sands. When you take the short walk to the lookout everybody says, 'Wow, what a view!'
Snorkelling and scuba diving
Explore some of the best reefs in the world, where you can snorkel and swim with the fish around the fringing coral reefs of the Whitsunday Islands. Immerse yourself into an underwater world, where you can see tropical fish, green sea turtles, colourful corals and more! Bring your GoPro along and be amazed by the clarity and colour below the surface, getting some footage and photos along the way. Snorkelling is included in the trip with several snorkelling opportunities on the itinerary. It is a must-do activity while sailing around the islands and offers one of the best ways to experience the fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. From the surface of the water, you can see the reef fish and corals up close, enjoying it in all its beauty. However, if you would like to dive further beneath the waves, New Horizon also offers passengers the wonderful opportunity to scuba dive! This is available for both certified divers and intro divers - Scuba dives are $65pp (maximum 1 dive per person). The price includes all gear hire and dive instructor. Please note intro divers are subject to age, conditions and medical questions and certified divers need to bring their dive certificate. All diving is subject to availability, MUST be pre-booked, and is paid for on board.
Watersports - Mega slide, stand-up paddleboards, jet boat rides and MORE!
Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to have some fun on the reef while you're at anchor! This challenging and exhilarating activity is a great excuse to spend some time on the water, making your way around the reefs. Hop on and cruise around the reef seeing it from a new point of view, trying your hand at this popular sport! This is the newest and most unique way to experience the calm waters of the Coral Sea while on board New Horizon. You can also get the adrenaline pumping by zipping down the mega inflatable slide, or test your inner pirate by daring yourself to 'walk the plank' before diving into the warm water below!
New Horizon has recently partnered with Pioneer Jet to offer guests two new water sport activities to try out: jet boat and banana boat rides! These wild rides are available on Day 3 of the tour where you will be able to go for a fast zip around the Whitsunday waters! These activities do not need to be pre-booked and are payable on board the vessel.
- Jet boat ride is $35pp
- Banana boat ride is $20pp
*Itinerary is a sample only. Itineraries are subject to change and based on prevailing weather/sea conditions and your captains professional judgement.
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What To Bring
Please only bring a small soft overnight bag without any zippers (ie. a re-usable shopping). A zipless souvenir bag can be purchased at the boat's check-in office for a few dollars. Ensure you pack:
- Change of clothes
- Beach towel
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle to refill
- Camera/GoPro/phone for photos
- Comfortable footwear for bushwalking
- Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunnies etc.)
- Warm clothes/pullover for evenings (seasonal)
- Cash/card for onboard purchases.
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 or red wine permitted.
Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town. Please click here for more information.
- Drinking water
- Wetsuit hire
- Snorkelling equipment
- Mega slide
- Use of SUP boards
- All Marine Park fees
- BYO alcohol (no glass or red wine)
- Soft drinks
- Jet boat rides*
- Banana boat rides*
- Scuba diving*
*Water sports such as scuba diving, jet boat rides and banana boat rides are bonus activities. It is important to note these activities are not guaranteed and are subject to factors including weather, availability and Covid-19 restrictions.
Jet & Banana Boat Rides:
Jet boat rides and banana boat rides can be purchased. These optional extras can be decided on and paid for on board.
- Jet boat ride is $35pp
- Banana boat ride is $20pp
Pricing is subject to change, the above is to be used as a guideline only.
New Horizon offers onboard scuba diving for both certified divers and those without experience/qualification. Scuba dives MUST be pre-booked, but are paid for on board.
- Scuba dive is $75pp - MUST be pre-booked.
Pricing is subject to change, the above is to be used as a guideline only. Your safety in the water is our primary concern. To ensure your comfort and safety divers must be 18 years or over and they will require that you have a Divers Medical Certificate for certain medical conditions.
Dive Medical Certificate:
Your safety in the water is our primary concern. Please read through the following information carefully to determine whether you require a Dive Medical Certificate (at own cost).
If you are aged 45 and over and you would like to participate in an Introductory Scuba Dive you will be required to present a Dive Medical Certificate onboard. This does not apply for certified divers.
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 behavioural 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 you answered YES to any of the above questions, you are required to obtain and present a current (issued within the past 12 months) Divers Medical Certificate before you can scuba dive.
Please click here for a list of doctors who can provide this service.
Terms and Conditions
Water sports such as scuba diving, jet boat rides and banana boat rides are bonus activities. It is important to note these activities are not guaranteed and are subject to factors including weather, availability and Covid-19 restrictions.
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. 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.
A $40 per person Public Holiday Surcharge is applicable to tours where the vessel is at sea on Christmas Day or New Years Day.
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. Cancellations made 60-30 days prior to travel date forfeit 50% of the RRP. No shows or client cancellations made within 30 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. A $40 per person transfer fee applies to name or date changes.
It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.