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Explore the beautiful Whitsundays Islands

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Group Size: Min 8, Max 53

Trip code: AUAS

Duration: 3 days

Liveaboard cruise
Meals included
Snorkel gear provided

Discover the dreamy Whitsunday Islands on a spectacular 2-night liveaboard cruise! You’ll set sail on a glamorous converted racing yacht and cruise across stunning azure seas. Stopping off at Whitehaven Beach and several exquisite snorkel spots, you’ll experience the intense beauty that these islands are famous for. Plus, you’ll enjoy freshly-prepared meals on board and spend your nights in comfortable shared cabins. Embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure in Australia!

Why not combine this programme with our hop-on hop-off Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass?

Trip highlights

  • See the Whitsundays in style on converted racing yachts!
  • Discover the spectacular white sands of Whitehaven Beach
  • Go snorkelling in stunning fringe coral spots
  • Enjoy delicious included meals – freshly prepared on board
  • Sleep on board in comfortable shared cabins
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What's included
  • 2 nights on board a private yacht
  • All meals on board
  • Hill Inlet viewpoint walk
  • Time on Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Beach hopping
  • Marine & National Park fees
  • 24-hour support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel to/from Airlie Beach
  • Pre-/post-tour accommodation
Further trip information

Discover the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands on this fantastic 2-night cruise. You’ll cast off on a luxury maxi yacht and sail around these dreamy island landscapes. All your meals are provided, as well as beach hopping stop-offs and snorkel gear.

How it Works

When you book, you’ll be issued an open-dated pass. Then, when you have worked out when you will be in Airlie Beach, you can call the local team to confirm your place on the boat. We recommend confirming your booking at least a week before you wish to travel.

Depending on when you travel, you’ll cruise on one of four spectacular maxi yachts. These include Boomerang, British Defender, Broomstick, and Condor. For more information about these yachts, please download the trip notes.


Day 1: Airlie Beach – The Whitsundays. Meet the crew on Airlie Beach at around 2pm and board your beautiful maxi sailing yacht. Cast off across azure seas and cruise towards gorgeous Whitehaven Beach, a gleaming shoreline that extends 7km into the distance. Stroll along the sand and hike up to Hill Inlet Lookout for an out-of-this-world view across the island. Tuck into a delicious meal on deck this evening and watch the stars appear overhead.

Please note: You should check in with the local team at 7pm on the day before your sailing trip departs.

Day 2: The Whitsundays. Grab some breakfast and a coffee as you cruise towards the colourful coral reefs that fringe Hayman Island and Mantaray Bay. Head underwater with some snorkelling (snorkel gear provided) and get up close to some stunning tropical marine life. Tonight, enjoy another freshly prepared meal with the group before bed.

Day 3: The Whitsundays – Airlie Beach. Enjoy your final morning on the yacht as you sail back to Airlie Beach. Drop anchor and return to dry land. Time to reflect on your incredible sailing adventure in the Whitsundays!

Please note: Exact itinerary may vary depending on sea conditions.

Why not combine this programme with our hop-on hop-off Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass? This fantastic flexible travel pass takes in all of the East Coast’s finest destinations, including Airlie Beach, the perfect jump-off point for this 2-night sailing adventure.

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Please note that all start dates are departure days for the sailing trip, but you will need to check in to the marina by 7pm the day before you set sail.

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Arrival information

You should arrive in Airlie Beach the day before your sailing trip departs and check-in with the local team at 7pm. Accommodation on this evening is at your own cost.

Your sailing trip will depart at approximately 2pm on day 1 of the itinerary. The trip finishes back on Airlie Beach on day 3. You may wish to book an extra night of accommodation here before travelling on to your next destination.

Accommodation & meals

2 nights of accommodation on board a maxi yacht are included on this trip. You will stay in bunk accommodation in a shared cabin.

The yachts are comfortably fitted with dining areas and spacious deck areas for sunbathing and relaxing. Shade awnings will be rolled out when at anchor to provide shade from the sun.

Meals on board the yachts are provided. Typical breakfasts will include cereal, toast, tea and coffee. Lunches and dinners may include BBQ chicken or sausages with salad or pasta dishes. You can bring your own alcohol on board, although you cannot bring glass or red wine.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18 years old.

All visitors to Australia, excepting those from New Zealand, will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter the country, which must be obtained before arriving. If you are planning on working in Australia then you'll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you're just heading to Australia for fun and don’t wish to work however, then an ETA will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.