Whitsundays yacht charters: Who to choose


Location, facilities, personalised services & outstanding reputation are some of the things to look for when choosing a Whitsundays yacht charter company.

If you are planning a Whitsundays yacht charter and are unsure which charter company to trust, this post is for you. We will go into what to look for when selecting a bareboat charter company and cover the benefits of sailing with Whitsunday Rent a Yacht.

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What to look for when choosing a Whitsundays yacht charter company

When deciding which bareboat charter company to choose, consider these points.

  • Location & proximity to the Islands, including your first and last night’s anchorage
  • Pricing structure. Don’t fall for gimmicks such as % deals on inflated prices. Cheaper does not mean better.
  • Level of service. More established companies will offer a service they have refined over the years.
  • Australian owned. Look for a company that employs locals and is a small business.
  • Check out recent Google, Facebook or Trip Advisor reviews. Look at social media activity.
  • What extras are included, e.g. in snorkelling gear.
  • Look at what amenities are available and logistics, such as parking
  • Look at the age and standard of the fleet.
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Five reasons to choose Whitsunday Rent a Yacht for your next Whitsundays yacht charter

If you’re looking for the best Whitsunday yacht charter company, look no further than Whitsunday Rent a Yacht.

With an outstanding reputation and unique location, we offer a service, unlike any other charter company in Australia.

1 – Our Location: Based in Shute Harbour, closer to the islands

One main feature that sets Whitsunday Rent a Yacht apart from the other Whitsunday Yacht charter companies is our location and facilities at Shute Harbour.

The Harbour is the closest mainland port to the Islands, which is incredibly convenient for charterers who will have time to consider on their first and return journeys. There are five overnight anchorages under two hours from Shute, Meaning you can relax and your holiday won’t be cut short.

Surrounded by National Parks, Shute is similar to being on Whitsunday Island. The natural beauty of the Harbour makes it ideal for those who want to sleep aboard the night before they sail. Those keen on fishing will love the private access to our jetty as the sun sets & the fish start biting.

Getting to Shute is simple; it’s only 10 minutes from Airlie Beach. Our reservations team is happy to advise on transport and parking logistics.

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2 – The original bareboat Whitsunday Yacht Charter company

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht is the longest-operating bareboat charter company in the Whitsundays.

In 1978, Shute Harbour was the only access point to the Islands. Rent a Yacht has seen the Whitsundays bareboat industry grow, evolving with the industry while maintaining a unique location and customer-focused service.

We still meet people who did their first bareboat charter with us in the 70s! And some of our guests have chartered with us over 20 times; they are basically family.

helm on Leopard 38 Yellow Fin

3 – Boutique service and private facilities

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht runs from a private jetty, unlike other bareboat charter companies at the Coral Sea Marina. Guests can drive to our office and unload directly onto the pier from their cars. Starting a charter with us is an intimate and hassle-free experience away from other operators and tourists.

Our facilities ensure that our service is personalised and suited to individual needs. Because our office and maintenance team are right on the jetty with your boat, we can do those little things which add up to a quality holiday experience.

We are passionate about supporting our guests to explore the Whitsundays from a yacht. The Whitsunday are a world-class destination; as locals, we love to show them off! On a more personal level, most of our staff are sailors who get a thrill from introducing people to an activity we love. We feel immense satisfaction when guests come away from their charter with a sense of accomplishment, having challenged themselves, learnt new skills and put them into practice – all while enjoying a beautiful area.

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4 – Local business run by locals. We are not an agent

Unlike some Whitsunday tourism operators, we are not an agent, which is an excellent advantage to our guests. Agents are rarely boating experts and are not across your booking. Once payment has been made, they hand the logistics to a private boat operator.

Everyone you speak to when enquiring or booking with Whitsunday Rent a Yacht is onsite at our dock, ensuring a smooth transfer of information and requests between our maintenance and reservations team. The people you spoke to when booking are with you as a contact throughout your charter and on hand to ensure you get individualised service.

Our boats are loved and maintained to the highest safety standards, and we work with everyone’s best interests at heart – the boat’s owner*, our guests and our staff.

*All bareboat charter companies have private boat owners who partner with the company to receive an income every time their boat is rented. Go here to learn more about how boat ownership in the bareboat industry works

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5 – Immaculate boats with a range to suit all budgets

Our fleet of catamarans, monohulls and powerboats has something to suit all crew sizes and budgets. Couples, families and groups of friends will find a boat to sail the Whitsundays comfortably, whether it be top of the range Leopard 50 or our spacious (and very popular) 44-foot cats or a smaller, more intimate monohull.

We ensure that each boat is spotlessly clean and immaculately maintained. Each time a boat goes out on charter, we do a complete mechanical and structural check ensuring cost-effective maintenance management.

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht facilities include a slipway, meaning we can service all our boats regularly. We have an expert team of onsite shipwrights and boat mechanics who aim to ensure our boats are in ship-shape condition!

Don’t just take our word for it; some reviews from 2023 Whitsundays yacht charters.

We can confidently write a post boasting because of the feedback we get from our guests, many of whom have sailed with us multiple times.

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From the moment you arrive to the moment you depart, our staff want you to have a memorable and seamless Whitsundays yacht charter. To learn more about Whitsunday Rent a Yacht and what we offer, stay up to date through our social media accounts (Facebook & Instagram) or join our informative mailing list.

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