Skipper  Yourself  BAREBOAT  Charters  in  the  Whitsundays


Whitsunday Rent a Yacht specialises in skipper yourself, Whitsundays Bareboat Charters. We are based at Shute Harbour, 10 minutes from Airlie Beach and closer to the islands.

Hire a yacht and sail or cruise the Whitsunday Islands at your own pace

A self sail holiday, referred to as a skipper yourself bareboat yacht charter, is one of the most magical holidays you will ever experience as you explore the Whitsunday Islands.

When you’re sitting on the back of your private yacht or catamaran, taking in the peace, the paradise and the adventure that the pristine Whitsunday Islands offer, life long memories will be created!

yacht sailing whitsundays

How does a bareboat charter in the Whitsundays work?

The term bareboat refers to a hired yacht, catamaran or power boat without a professional crew. You skipper the boat yourself with your chosen crew.

The boat comes with everything you need to live comfortably; You just need to bring your own personal items and arrange provisions.

No license required

In the Whitsundays, a license or qualifications to hire a bareboat is not required. We train and support all of our guests to have a safe and incredible boating adventure in this spectacular part of the world.

sail at your pace

Bareboating means you have the freedom to explore. You decide your itinerary – where you anchor each night and what activities you do throughout the islands. Charters start from 3 nights.

trip in a van whitsundays

The Freedom to Explore with Whitsunday Rent a Yacht

Bareboating means you have the freedom to choose how you explore. 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 a spa treatment on Hamilton Island, lazing on pristine beaches, curling up with a book and living onboard at a slower pace. One thing is for sure, bareboating in the Whitsundays is an unforgettable experience.

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht are a trusted bareboat charter provider in the Whitsundays; We are the original bareboating company in the Whitsundays! Our staff are professional and passionate about sharing their love of boating with our guests and their local knowledge will ensure your adventure is tailored to suit your boating style. 

Hire a yacht and sail the Whitsundays at your own pace

A self sail holiday, referred to as a skipper yourself bareboat yacht charter, is one of the most magical holidays you will ever experience.

As you explore the Whitsunday Islands,  you skipper and crew the boat yourselves.  You choose where you go and how long you stay for plus you get to access some of the more secluded and picturesque locations away from large tour groups.

When you’re sitting on the back of your private yacht or catamaran, taking in the peace, the paradise and the adventure that the pristine Whitsunday Islands offer, life long memories will be created!

charter boat whitsundays

A range of boats for bareboat charter in the Whitsundays

We have a range of vessels available for your trip of a lifetime from sailing catamarans and yachts to power cruisers.

Depending on whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or a fun-filled group adventure, we will ensure you have the perfect boat to suit your adventure.

All of our boats can motored so you don’t have to put the sails up.

Each vessel comes equipped with a tender, (dinghy) for you to go ashore at your chosen anchorages.

Visit our simple online booking system for vessel rates & availability.


Bareboating in the Whitsunday Islands

Briefing & Training before you charter

When it comes to getting acquainted with your home on the water, which by the way, you do NOT need a boat license to operate, rest assured you will receive a comprehensive boat and Whitsunday Islands briefing.

Our briefings are done with a qualified boat briefer onboard your vessel. Briefings take 3-4 hours and include a thorough introduction to your vessel, its fittings and your cruising area.

The briefer will assist you in planning the ideal itinerary for the conditions and they’ll show you how to put the sails up on your catamaran or yacht.

If you are new to Whitsundays bareboat charters, see our blog on sailing the Whitsundays for the first time.

Hill Inlet Whitehaen Beach Sailing Whitsundays

Support throughout your Bareboat yacht charter & our Sail Guide Option

If you feel that you would like more training than the standard pre-charter briefing, you can request that your briefer joins you for extra training time.

We also offer a sail guide service, which is the addition of a professional guide to your crew for a night or even for your whole trip.

Radio and phone support is available on-demand throughout your charter with mandatory “radio scheds” at the start and end of each day, so we know tell where you’re heading and that you got there safely..

 Shute Harbour, the best place to sail from

…because your first night’s anchorage is within an hour.

The benefits of bareboating from Shute Harbour

Shute Harbour is two hours closer to the islands than Airlie Beach. One of the fabulous things about setting sail from our base at Shute is the nearest anchorage is just a short 4km away – meaning you can be at anchor and relaxing less than an hour after departing for your charter.

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht operates from our own private jetty within Shute. There will be no need to navigate busy crowds or parking on arrival, loading your vessel and preparing to set off is a hassle-free experience.

All of our guests will have free access to our moorings and jetty throughout their charter. This is perfect for those who need to re-stock. Simply make your food, provisioning and bottle-shop orders online and have them deliver to our jetty at a time that suits. 

Planning your Whitsundays Bareboating Adventure

Once you board your vessel, our passionate Whitsunday expert team will help you plan your itinerary to best suit the prevailing conditions and give you all the hot tips on the best places to cruise around the island, making the most of your sailing holiday.  How you spend your days is then up to you.

Here a few suggestions on what you might like to do during your Whitsunday’s yacht charter

Explore the magical island National Parks

Many of the Islands in the Whitsundays have had National Park status for a long time. Sail or motor around the Whitsunday Islands, taking in the most spectacular views.  Anchor up and take your dinghy ashore where you can enjoy the days spent on the beach.


Take a bushwalk

The Whitsundays is blessed with some of the most astonishing National Park areas made accessible with a range of walking trails.  Discover the natural beauty on land while taking a wild trek on some wonderful bush walks. There are hikes for all abilities and some jaw dropping views to take in along the way.


Snorkel or scuba dive straight off your boat or from a pristine beach

A spectacular underwater world awaits in the Whitsunday islands – snorkel at the surface or dive the depths. For more information, check out our page on snorkelling and scuba diving.


Try your hand at fishing

Whether you’re a novice or expert, the Whitsundays region is a fishing haven. With a wide range of tropical and sub-tropical species in our waters, it’s unlikely you’ll go away empty-handed.

Learn about fishing in the Whitsundays before your sailing holiday and don’t forget to throw a line in at our base in Shute Harbour before you set sail.

Hire some extra equipment from us

The Whitsunday Islands are a water lover’s playground. There are many above-the-water activities such as stand up paddle boarding and kayaking to add to your charter holiday experience. When planning your charter, let us know if you would like to hire any extra equipment.


Check out an island resort

Several resorts around the Whitsundays can be visited while on a bareboat charter.   Hamilton Island is the most easily accessed and has something for everyone. Spend the day sightseeing, indulging, shopping and joining in on the different resort activities.

bareboat charters whitsundays

Which bareboat is right for you?

When deciding on the type of boat you want to sail, you first need to determine if you want a catamaran or a monohull. There are pros and cons to each. Learn more in this article: Do we hire a catamaran or a monohull.

The Whitsunday Rent a Yacht Fleet has boats to suit a range of budgets and crew sizes. Boat prices change depending on the season. The longer the charter, the more reduced the nightly rate becomes.

Check availability and get prices go to our online booking system.  

Some of the bareboats from our fleet

Point of Sail: Leopard 50

The Leopard 50 is a next-generation catamaran with more space, more luxury and more sophistication. Point of Sail is one of only Leopard 50 available for bareboat charter in Australia.

Toy Buoy: Leopard 44

The Leopard 44’s sailing performance and ease of handling have earned her multiple awards. Toy Buoy has a four double-cabin layout, with the forward cabins featuring forepeak bunks.

Yellow Fin: Leopard 38

Designed especially for charter this sailing catamaran has a four double-cabin layout including a forward cabin with a forepeak bunk – perfect for sleeping eight.

Miss Evie: Leopard 40

Sleek, spacious, and with plenty of shared living space, Miss Evie is the ideal Leopard 40 for a group or family wanting comfort and ease.

Toy Buoy: Leopard 44

Orion is a new 2022 Leopard 42 sailing catamaran. She comes with 3 ensuite cabins, including a spacious owners suite and generous living areas.

Lagoon 380

Lukim Yu: Lagoon 380

The Lagoon 380 Lukim Yu is the ideal vessel for exploring the Whitsundays, with 4 double cabins, Starlink and a coffee machine!

Rhythm: Jeanneau 44

Perfect for those wanting to charter a sailing yacht in the Whitsundays, the Jeanneau 44i is an excellent choice for sailing enthusiasts.

Tiger Blue: Jeanneau 40

With its smooth sailing and motoring ability, Tiger Blue is an ideal yacht for those keen sailors or a family adventuring around the Whitsundays.

Summer Breeze: Beneteau 34

Summer Breeze is the ideal choice for honeymooners seeking a peaceful getaway in absolute comfort. She’s sleek, elegant and easy to handle.

Get In Touch

1800 075 000

+61 7 4946 9232


6 Bay Terrace
Shute Harbour QLD 4802

Office Hours

8am - 5pm Weekdays
8am - 4pm Weekends
8am - 4pm Public holidays

Ready to Explore?

Ask us anything in the form below. If you want to get a quote or make a booking,  please use our booking enquiry form.

Sign up to our newsletter

* indicates required


Call Now Button