Bareboating in the Whitsundays is a holiday which gives you privacy, adventure and an opportunity to immerse yourself in a world-class destination. But first, let's cover the basics...
Bareboating is hiring a yacht, catamaran or motor cruiser without a professional crew. You and your family or friends operate and live on the boat for a sailing holiday around the Whitsundays.
Bareboating means you have the freedom to choose how you explore. You decide your itinerary – where you anchor each night and what activities you do throughout the islands. Some people have incredibly adventurous bareboating holidays with lots of sailing, hiking and diving. In contrast, others prefer to make it a relaxing escape, enjoying lazing on pristine beaches, curling up with a book and living onboard at a slower pace.
The Whitsunday Islands are a famous tropical paradise, and there is no better way to experience their natural beauty and splendour than from a private yacht.
The Whitsundays Islands are considered one of the best and safest sailing destinations in the world thanks to several factors:
A bareboat comes fully equipped with fresh linen, towels and a kitchen with everything you need to prepare your meals. All vessels will have safety equipment, navigational aids and a copy of the Whitsunday Sailing Bible, 100 magic miles.
Whitsunday Rent a Yacht provides complimentary snorkelling gear to all of our guests. At an additional cost, you can hire stinger suits, kayaks, SUPS and fishing gear.
You do not need a boating licence to hire a bareboat in the Whitsundays. It helps if at least one member of your crew has some basic boating and navigation knowledge, but no formal qualifications are needed.
Everyone received a comprehensive briefing on how to operate their vessel above and below deck before they begin their charter.
If you are feeling unsure about your sailing experience or your ability to handle a boat, you can hire a sail guide for an hourly or daily rate to make sure you're confident with skippering the boat yourself.
We also run the Whitsunday School of Sailing, which is an option for anyone wanting to brush up on their sailing knowledge or learn the basics before a charter.
Further questions are answered in this post: Do I need sailing experience to go on a bareboat charter.
There are so many things to do when you go bareboating we've written several blog posts on the activities. Feel free to click on the links listed below to find more detailed posts on these popular activities.
The cost of hiring a bareboat varies depending on the vessel you want to rent and the season.
Rates change depending on the season. Check our seasons dates.
The low season falls over summer, which is a sub-tropical wet season. Hiring a yacht at this time of year is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. The peak season coincides with whale watching in the Whitsundays and perfect weather conditions for living on the water.
The mid-seasons are fantastic times to hire a yacht and periods we highly recommend because it’s likely you will have great weather and less school holiday crowds.
Some of our boats can sleep up to 10 people. If you split the costs between 10 people over seven nights, the price can be as low as $60 per person, per night. We have also structured our pricing so that the longer you charter, the better the rate.
To gage an idea on rates and what vessel could work for you, please get in touch with our team who can help you tailor a sailing holiday to your needs.
With just the right mix of adventure, relaxation and connection to the stars and sea, bareboating in the Whitsundays is an escape you'll want to do again.
Join us to go bareboating in the Whitsundays and enjoy the freedom to explore