Looking for a private charter that offers up an immersive, interactive and relaxing experience out on the water? Learn the ropes aboard a Whitsunday Beneteau 40 and soak up the adventure of the sailing life!
- Features a longer sailing experience, allowing you to make the most of your time
- Learn the ropes of sailing on the world’s best sailing playground
- Can host up to 6 people, making it perfect for adventurous couples, friends and families
- Choose to secure your Introduction to Yachting course or opt to dive even deeper!
- Experience a unique and unparalleled ocean adventure
Whitsunday 40 is one of the most beloved vessels in the Whitsunday fleet, boasting a professional and passionate crew who have been immersed in the sailing world for decades. Taking a private charter onboard our Beneteu 40 is an incredible way to see the Whitsundays in a whole new light, giving you the opportunity to learn the ropes, hoist the sails and learn as much as you want about sailing along the way! The Introduction to Yachting course is included for every guest, boasting an easy-going and interactive course under the bliss of the wide blue sky. Whether or not you choose to continue your sailing education afterwards, this is an incredible opportunity for everyone!
Highlights & Features:
- Combine a relaxing adventure with a great educational experience
- Return to land completely 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
- 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.
The itinerary aboard Starlight's private charter tour is flexible and immersive, giving you an incredible opportunity to relax and learn. Pairing a yachting course with exploring the beauty of the Whitsunday region has never looked so good! Between lazing about on the pure white sands of Whitehaven to helming the vessel and hoisting the sails, this is an itinerary that is perfect for adventurous souls.
You'll get to soak up an incredible few hours anchored up at the world-famous Whitehaven Beach. Relax on the sparkling white sands, paddle in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy your time with your loved ones. Nestled on the largest island in the Whitsundays, there's nothing like Whitehaven Beach! If the weather is great, you'll also get to anchor up here for the night, meaning you get to soak up the glory of the orange-hued sunset and sunrise on the beach!
Hill Inlet Lookout
If you're keen for another adventure on land, you'll love hiking to Hill Inlet Lookout. Perched above Whitehaven Beach, climb the short track that leads up to the lookout and prepare to be mesmerised by the incredible swirling cosmos of cream and blue. The ever-changing tides at Hill Inlet are to thank for this kaleidoscopic view, so soak it up as it's one of the best sights in the area!
Between hoisting the sails and helming the vessel, you'll also get to dive deep into the world below and explore with a snorkel! Gear up and dive down to rub shoulders with some of the most incredible marine creatures, including fish, turtles, and if you're lucky, stingray! Your knowledgeable and passionate crew will take you to the best spots in the area and will set you up with quality snorkelling gear. The kaleidoscopic patterns of the wonderful reef also make this an incredible experience, being so vibrant and colourful you won't be able to believe your eyes. The water is guaranteed to be a perfect temperature all year round, making it perfect for exploring. Due to low passenger numbers and the nature of this tour, you'll get to soak up the snorkelling sights in locations off the beaten track. You'll love snorkelling where nobody else ventures, making the world your oyster.
Authentic sailing experience
For those looking to learn the ropes of sailing, Starlight is the best in the business. Soak up an incredibly immersive and fun tour experience while gaining wonderful skills and tips and tricks from your passionate skipper and crew. You'll return to land completely 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. 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 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.