Sail the Whitsunday Islands, Australia’s great marine park
Sail Whitsunday Islands, a cluster of beach framed pine-forested isles and islets that, before the sea rose, were once mountain-peaks. Sheltered from the elements of the mighty Pacific by the famous Great Barrier Reef, this isn’t just a sailing heaven with dolphins and turtles popping up few feet away from your boat, but also a rich feeding ground for a kaleidoscope of fish and humpback whales.
Anyone can skip a boat
Unlike other great sailing destinations, The Whitsundays in Australia is one of few places where a skipper licence is not needed. You’ll receive your training prior to chartering a boat and as soon as you feel confident enough to become a captain, you’re on your way.
Plenty of spots to anchor and party
Majority of the 74 tropical islands are inhabited but a handful of oasis have popped up here and there to cater for holiday makers and boats passing by.
Hamilton, Hayman, Daydream, Lindeman, Brampton, South Molle and Long Island provide a variety of options ranging from backpackers escapes, family resorts to luxury romantic hideaways which for a fee allow you to use their amenities and join the evening parties.
Unparalleled marine life
Divers and snorkelers will be in their element here. The underwater wonders of Great Barrier Reef need little introduction. What you do need to know, however, is that local dive shops are located all around as well as within the marine park, happy to cater for any level of experience.
Diving expeditions depart daily from all the major towns and most island resorts so you’re always within 20 – 60 minute from a great diving spot.
The marine park is your oyster
While sailing the Whitsundays, never forget its one true wonder – the freedom it allows you to make this adventure completely yours. It’s entirely up to you which route to choose, which squeaky white beach to visit and where to dive. You are the master of your own destiny navigating one of the best holiday experiences.