Bareboating in the Whitsundays is a holiday that 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. Others prefer to make their sailing holiday a relaxing romantic 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 yacht in the Whitsundays varies depending on the vessel and the season.
The mid-seasons are fantastic times to hire a yacht for a great price; they are periods we highly recommend because it’s likely you will still have great weather with less 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.
To gage an idea on rates and what vessel could work for you, please visit our rates page and use the online booking system to see vessel availability and prices. Of course, we also invite you to get in touch with our team who will help tailor a sailing holiday to your needs.
September and August are considered by tourism operators to be the best times of year to sail the Whitsundays. However, every season around the sub-tropical islands offers something unique.
We will often tell people who are able to sail outside of school holidays to consider these three underrated times of year to sail the Whitsundays: November, June and December. These shoulder seasons offer great rates, decent weather and less crowds.
No matter what time of year or what you decide to do, bareboating in the Whitsunday will be a perfect adventure with a mix of relaxation, action and beauty. Many people ay that once you go bareboating, you will want to do it for every holiday!
Join us to go bareboating in the Whitsundays and enjoy the freedom to explore