Want an immersive, authentic and exciting sailing experience in the beauty of the Whitsundays? Look no further than Starlight!
- Features a longer sailing experience than most 2 night sailing tours
- Offers immersive and authentic sailing experience for those wanting to learn on the world's best sailing playground
- Perfect for adventurous couples, friends and travellers who are seeking an authentic and fun experience
- Opt to learn the ropes for your Introduction to Yachting course, or choose to dive deeper into the world of sailing!
- Get more from your sailing adventure onboard Starlight than almost any other vessel in the Whitsundays!
A unique and sleek vessel, Starlight offers an incredible adventure into the azure waters of the Whitsundays. An Introduction to Yachting course is included free for every guest, so you can live out your dreams of cruising the seas under sail. As a sail training vessel, it’s the perfect way to learn the ropes, whether you’re interested for personal, commercial or international use. Featuring a structured and easy-going course taught under the bliss of the wide blue sky, your friendly and passionate crew are experienced and ready to take you under their wings. Relax and unwind on your getaway out to sea, while soaking up incredible hands-on knowledge from your crew!
Highlights & Features:
- Pair a relaxing adventure with an educational experience
- Leave certified by International Yacht Training to assist as a crew member on a sailing vessel
- Pull some lines, helm the vessel and learn the basics in a relaxed and authentic environment
- Spend time anchored next to Whitehaven Beach (depending on conditions) and watch the sunset from the shore
- Visit the beautiful Hill Inlet and embark on the bushwalk up to the lookout
- Enjoy private cabins or shared accommodation
- Feast on delicious freshly-made meals prepared by a professional crew
- Snorkel the incredible Great Barrier Marine Park
- Borrow quality snorkelling gear and stinger suits
- Fresh, clean linen provided
- BYO alcohol
- Speed combined with modern technology and interiors makes this a very contemporary fun sailing adventure.
- Starlight is also available for Private Charter.
Starlight's itinerary includes an immersive and relaxing yachting course paired with all of the natural wonders of the Whitsundays. Stop in at the delightful Whitehaven Beach and sink your feet into the silica white sands of the 7.5 kilometre long beach. Take a bushwalk to Hill Inlet Lookout for an incredible view of the swirling cosmos below and soak up the sights! Sit back, relax and get involved with the sailing when you're in the mood!
Enjoy an incredible stop over at the jaw-dropping Whitehaven Beach! Known internationally for its beautiful and pure white silica sand, it's known for being one of the most incredible beaches in the world. Walk its endless shoreline, splash around on the shore and soak up all of the beauty it has to offer. Located on the largest island in the Whitsundays, it's the perfect beach escape! If the weather is right, you'll also get to spend your night anchored at its shore, so you can soak up the beauty of the beach at sunset!
Hill Inlet Lookout
If you're feeling energetic, hop off Starlight to embark on a short bushwalk inland! The track will lead you to the incredible Hill Inlet Lookout, where you'll get to experience unparalleled views of the swirling cream and blue cosmos of Hill Inlet below. Created through the everchanging tides that leave behind a kaleidoscope of blue and white, it's one of the most special sights in the Whitsundays.
In between your incredible sailing course, you'll also get to relax and soak up the wonders of the deep blue. Pop on a snorkelling mask and dive down to meet the wonderful sea creatures of the Whitsundays! Your friendly crew will take you to the best spots in the area, and will set you up with quality snorkelling gear. Spot different kinds of fish, turtles, marine mammals and more! You'll also get to glimpse at the incredible kaleidoscopic coral below, which is renowned for being colourful and vibrant. The pristine, clear waters remain a beautiful temperature year-round, making it the perfect place to snorkel! Starlight can tread off the beaten path in terms of snorkelling spots due to its low passenger numbers, so you're guaranteed a unique experience without the crowds.
Authentic sailing experience
Starlight is the best in the business for those who want to obtain an introduction to sailing. Soak up the beauty of an authentic and immersive sailing experience, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the ropes from an experienced and passionate crew. You'll leave certified by International Yacht Training to assist as a crew member on a sailing vessel, but can always opt to learn more and lend an extra hand if you're super passionate. Man the helm, hoist the sails and enjoy the ride of your life on Starlight!
What To Bring
Each passenger may bring a bag up to a volume of 30Lt. In your bag, please pack:
- Change of clothes
- Beach towel
- Insect repellent
- Water bottles to refill
- 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 (with the exception of champagne and wine - red or white).
Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town. Please click here for more information.
- Drinking water
- Wetsuit hire
- Snorkelling equipment
- Marine Park fees
- Introduction to Yachting Course
- BYO alcohol (no glass). Soft drinks are available for purchase on board.
- 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.
Terms and Conditions
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. 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.
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 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.