Onboard SV Whitehaven you have the choice of getting hands-on involved with the crew and the activities available or enjoying the rest & relaxation that comes with being on board such a spacious vessel. With the eco-accredited and experienced Safari Guides, guests will be able to experience bushwalking, snorkelling and exploring the Whitsunday Island National Park with plenty to learn and explore! This tour prides itself on having plenty of beach time and offering quality information so if you are someone with a sense of adventure, enjoys exploring new terrain and is intrigued by new knowledge, this is the perfect safari tour for you!
SV Whitehaven Eco Safari Features:
- Free fun kayak tours so you see as much as possible
- Learn to sail with exciting hands-on experience
- Bush walking with special access to Ngaro Island Trails, Aboriginal Culture and Ecology tours
- Extensive time at Whitehaven Beach
- Snorkel on the amazing reefs of the Whitsundays
- Spacious decks ideal for relaxing and sunbaking
- Takes out 24 passengers making this the perfect private charter vessel
- All meals are freshly prepared onboard
- Please note, any dietary requirements incur a $10 surcharge payable on check in.
- Fun organised activities
- Snorkelling equipment and instruction are provided
- Eco-accredited and highly knowledgeable guides and tours
- All bedding provided for each guest
SV Whitehaven offers an open plan of shared single and double accommodation in mixed dorm cabins.
When you choose to be a passenger on board SV Whitehaven, you choose to join other tourists who love to learn while they travel! You will give yourself the chance to come away from the Whitsundays not only having had a fun-filled sailing holiday, but you will come away with the local knowledge of wildlife and aboriginals of the Whitsunday Islands. During the Safari, you will have the opportunity to observe and learn about the exceptional biodiversity of life that thrives both below and above the water! The underlying theme of your tour is that you, the guest decides where you want to go. Choose from a variety of activities such as bush walking, beach combing, snorkeling, beach fun and games! Our guides will organize activities and games. From beach cricket and volleyball to beach exploration to relaxing in the shade... do as much or as little as you like!
Depart Airlie Beach at about 8.45am. Once on board our friendly crew will brief you about safety and sailing, before setting sail to cross the Whitsunday passage. Get involved with sailing, and take a turn at the helm under the guidance of our skill full crew.
After morning tea, at 11am arrive at your first snorkelling destination, our crew will give you an introduction to snorkelling and take you ashore by dinghy to snorkel from the safety of a protected beach, a great way to gain confidence in the water.
12.30pm head back to the ship for a scrumptious buffet lunch of cold meats, salads and rolls, all freshly prepared on board. Then set sail for the next afternoon location.
Set sail to our overnight anchorage at Nara Inlet, enjoy kayaking activities and visit the Aboriginal Caves and learn all about the Ngaro tribe from your crew.
Enjoy a hot shower, afternoon Hor dourves, a cold beer or wine and hear ourcrew tell some fascinating tales of life below and above the water on the Great Barrier Reef.
Listen out for the friendly dolphin pods which frequent the Northern islands. Enjoy a delicious dinner, and enjoy some fun on the back deck, or find a quiet spot and star gaze before falling in to bed for a good nights sleep
Another early rise, you wouldn't want to miss a thing in this neighbourhood - mantarays, dolphins, turtles, Whales (in season). After breakfast, enjoy a kayaking expedition, and combine a bit of exercise with some wildlife spotting. Enjoy a race back to the ship to find the champion kayaking team on board!
After morning tea, its time to hit the water, for one last snorkelling opportunity - everyone will be experts by now, recognising and identifying even more marine wonders. By midday its back to the ship for a rewarding lunch before setting sail back to Airlie Beach across the Whitsunday passage. Return to Airlie Beach at 3.30-4pm (depending how fast you sail!), but the fun doesn't end here. Join your ship mates for the "After Party" were everyone gets chance to let their hair down and go a little bit wild- details provided at the end of the trip!
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 exit the vessel unassisted in the unlikely case of an emergency. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us.
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