Here are our commonsense tips to ensuring your safety during stinger season - and a perfect holiday.

Bareboating in the Whitsundays stinger season


Stinger season in the Whitsundays is not a reason to stay out of the water. By being aware and taking the right precautions you can enjoy a safe adventure exploring the islands.

Being a sub tropical environment, the Whitsundays are subject to warm waters which attract stingers at certain times of the year. However, with awareness and the right precautions, you can still enjoy the beauty of the islands without worry. Here’s what you need to know to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure:

Understanding Stinger Season

Stinger season in the Whitsundays typically spans from late October to May, coinciding with warmer temperatures and conducive conditions for stingers. The primary concern for visitors are two species: the box jellyfish and the Irukandji, although stings are rare occurrences, it is still important to wear a stinger suit.

Safety Measures Year Round

We recommend that our guests not only wear a stinger suit in the season, but they also wear one throughout the rest of the year. The stinger suits are great for sun protection and add an extra level of safety.

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Safety Measures for bareboating in the Whitsundays Stinger Season

  1. Wear Stinger Suits: While they may not win any fashion awards, stinger suits serve a crucial purpose in protecting against stings from jellyfish. Additionally, they offer sun protection, safeguarding against painful sunburns, especially in the vulnerable areas like the back of the neck and shoulders.

  2. Be Aware of Conditions: Stay informed about high-risk conditions for encountering Irukandji, such as sustained NE winds, calm weather, and the presence of sea lice or salps in the water. Being aware of these conditions can help you make informed decisions about water activities.

  3. Carry Vinegar: In the event of a sting, quick and correct treatment is essential. Always carry vinegar, as it is the recommended first-aid remedy for jellyfish stings. Wash the sting area with vinegar, remove any tentacles, and seek medical attention if necessary.

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 When planning your adventure, keep these safety measures in mind:

  • Stinger suits are available for hire, you can make arrangements in your booking process. 
  • Stay informed about current conditions and potential risks by consulting with our knowledgeable staff in your daily radio calls.
  • In the unlikely event of a sting, don’t hesitate to reach out to our head office for assistance and guidance.

Stinger season shouldn’t deter you from experiencing the wonders of the Whitsundays. With the right precautions and awareness, you can enjoy all the water-based activities the region has to offer while ensuring the safety of yourself and your loved ones. So, don your stinger suit, dive into the crystal-clear waters, and embark on an unforgettable adventure in this tropical paradise.

Stay safe and happy exploring in the Whitsundays stinger season!

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