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WRAY's monthly blog explores the Whitsundays from a unique on-the-water perspective, providing tips to ensure that perfect holiday.

When it comes to bareboating, the thought of the whole family living at sea for a week might make some parents a little nervous. But follow these simple tips and your holiday will be all smooth sailing:

  1. Encourage your children to get involved. Teach them how to read the wind, steer the vessel, and navigate using landmarks. Get them involved in pulling the ropes, raising the sail and keeping a lookout. Their new skills will provide them some serious bragging rights and they’ll be more excited by the prospect of sailing. Plus, an extra pair of hands – small or not – is always helpful!
  2. Allow them to choose an anchorage or destination. Flick through a copy of "100 Magic Miles", which we supply on every vessel, and show your children some potential destinations. Let them choose whichever one appeals the most.
  3. Take note of the wildlife. The Whitsundays is a thriving eco-system and it is not uncommon to spot a whale in the winter months or some curious turtles all year 'round. There are also hundreds of different species of fish, birdlife and other marine animals cruising the Whitsunday waters. Who needs a trip to the zoo when you can spot animals in their natural environment?
  4. Make a stop at Whitehaven Beach and let the children feel the silky sand between their toes. You can even take the short and scenic walk up to Hill Inlet Lookout and snap some memorable family photos.  
  5. Spend time underwater. Snorkelling is a great activity for older children and there are plenty of sheltered anchorages to admire the colourful reef and fish that call the Whitsundays home. Butterfly Bay (Hook Island) is a popular snorkelling site and is sheltered from the wind. Blue Pearl Bay is another favourite for families.
  6. Buy a waterproof camera. It's a great investment that will provide children (and adults) with endless entertainment and precious memories to treasure forever.

Bareboating is unlike any other family holiday – follow this guide and it will be one you'll never forget. 

Happy sailing!



A family on board a Whitsunday Rent a Yacht vessel

Explore the beautiful Whitsundays with your whole family.