Take a trip that is truly meaningful with SV Whitehaven! This is the eco-adventure you've been searching for!
- Join the eco-adventure of a lifetime
- Great tour for those who want to explore the wilderness of the Whitsundays!
- Emphasis on snorkelling, beach time and eco-guided kayak exploration
- Feel good about your tour with plenty of fun eco-minded activities
- Big, open decks, plenty of deck seating and huge aft deck with shade - she's the ideal safari boat!
It's the adventure of a lifetime for those looking to get their hands dirty and make a difference. Jump on board SV Whitehaven’s exclusive one-off conservation trip where citizen science and voluntourism is the aim of the game! Collect marine rubbish, count turtle and dolphin species and help hoist the sails as you cruise along! With eco-accredited and experienced Safari Guides, you’ll love bushwalking, snorkelling and exploring the Whitsunday Island National Park with plenty to learn! This tour is special and unique in the way that you’ll get to explore the far-reaching and less visited beaches and coves in the region, with a maximum of one hour per day of collecting rubbish and citizen science activities. As the perfect tour for those looking to make a difference and learn something new, SV Whitehaven is an incredible opportunity to see the Whitsundays through a different lens!
Highlights & Features:
- FREE informative eco-kayak tours
- Learn to sail with exciting hands-on experience
- Bushwalking with special access to Ngaro Island Trails, Aboriginal Culture and Ecology tours
- Extensive time at the Whitsunday Islands
- Snorkel time in lesser known locations in the Whitsundays
- Spacious decks ideal for relaxing and sunbaking
- All meals are freshly prepared onboard
- Citizen science activities like wildlife monitoring
- Marine rubbish collection on lesser known beaches
- Snorkelling equipment and instructions are provided
- Eco-accredited and highly knowledgeable guides and tours
- All bedding provided for each guest
When you choose to be a passenger onboard 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 the Traditional Custodians 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! Make a difference with the activities including marine rubbish collection and wildlife monitoring!
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.
Known as the ‘Beach Boat’, you’ll get to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the lesser-known areas of the Whitsundays, making a difference as you go. For 4 days and 3 nights you will explore the crystal-clear seas and get your hands dirty with citizen science including marine animal observation and monitoring, rubbish collection and learning how to sail. You’ll also get to enjoy kayaking at your own leisure, snorkelling at some of the lesser-known reefs in the Whitsundays and of course, exploring the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll be led by experienced eco-guides who are knowledgeable and passionate about the area. They’ll share interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, the local aboriginal Ngaro people and native wildlife.
In the evenings it’s time to relax and get to know the other guests over a delicious meal and a glass of wine (if you so choose). Engage in fun-filled talks with your new friends and also enjoy informative talks from our skipper who has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the stars, constellations and the natural landscape above.
The boat itself is the ideal safari vessel, equipped with wide-open decks, plenty of seating and a huge shade on the aft deck. She takes 15 passengers in total and offers plenty of room for relaxing and socialising below the deck. And when under sail, SV Whitehaven is a breathtaking sight to see.
SV Whitehaven offers an open plan of shared single and double accommodation in mixed dorm cabins.
What To Bring
Please bring only a small soft bag with: change of clothes, hat, swim-wear, sunscreen, warm pullover for the evenings (seasonal). You will also need to bring your own alcoholic beverages, available for purchase in town. No glass bottles, please. No suitcases or bags with wheels allowed.
Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town including most boat check-in offices, most hostels, or at your accommodation. Most charge between $5-10pp for the duration of your trip.
- Drinking water
- Wetsuit hire
- Snorkelling equipment
- All Marine Park fees
- BYO alcohol (no glass).
- Soft drinks are available for purchase onboard.
- Special diets (inc. Gluten Free) will incur a $10pp surcharge.
Terms and Conditions
To enable us to meet our duty of care and establish an acceptable level of risk, 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.
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.
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 outside the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.
All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 60 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 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.