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Ever thought about sailing in The Whitsundays? This is for you

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Ever wanted to seize the day and cast off for a sailing adventure through paradise? Me too. The Whitsundays isn’t just home to Australia’s best beach (Whitehaven Beach), it’s also home to 74 islands that are perfect for exploring with a boat and sense of adventure.

From sailing virgin to old sea dog, just about anyone can be captain (or pirate) of their own vessel. Hire a skipper to sail you and your crew around or, hire your own vessel from operators like Go Bareboating.

I’m king of the world!

Sunsail king of the world

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Going on your own sailing adventure gives you the most freedom to explore the 74 islands of the Whitsundays.

I recently had the chance to sail the Whitsundays for the first time with some mates and I’ve gotta say, spending the night aboard the boat in a secluded bay made us feel like millionaires. Lying in my comfy bed at night, being gently rocked and looking directly up to the stars through my open roof-porthole made for the best night’s sleep.

Jump in

Snorkelling on Hardy Reef

There’s nothing worse than having to walk for miles, or worse yet, having to drive or catch a bus to go for a swim. When you sail, the ocean and beaches are literally at your doorstep.

Every morning on our trip, we rolled out of bed and were a hop, skip and awesome jump into the ocean to swim over beautiful coral reefs. I was lucky enough to spot turtles, hundreds of fish and even a dugong.

Ahoy captain

960 Sunsail Skipper

Barney the Skipper. Image by @daxon

Your very own skipper will keep you sailing straight and your knots neat to ensure you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amazing views and beaches of the Whitsundays.

If you’re up for some extra fun, your skipper can teach you the basics of sailing and give you a chance to get behind the wheel. I admit, I was a little nervous sailing a luxury yacht that’s worth more than a house but our trusty skipper, Barney, showed us the ropes and let us steer the yacht to ride the waves like a pro.

Oh, buoy

Saunsail Seafood platter

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Fresh seafood tastes best from the deck of your own yacht (with a glass of bubbles in hand, of course). Whitsunday Provisioning can organise all of your meals and seafood platters.

You haven’t cooked until you’ve prepared a meal in a galley (kitchen on a yacht). From mastering the art of frying on a gas cook-top while balancing with the rocking of the boat, to Macgyver-ing the galley with its many ingenious nooks and crannies to store food and utensils, Jamie Oliver ain’t got nothing on this.

No crowds

Whitehaven Beach

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Moor your yacht overnight near Whitehaven Beach and have the chance to enjoy this stretch of sand to yourself.

We were up before dawn on our last day to watch the sunrise over Whitehaven Beach. Barney even joined us as he’d never done it before. It was amazing. Best of all, we had the entire beach to ourselves. Definitely a highlight of the trip!

Strapped for time?

Here are some of our favourite day trips to help you explore the Whitsundays in a single day:
– Take to the skies in a seaplane with Air Whitsundays.
– Strap in for a high-speed boat adventure with Ocean Rafting.
– Take a day trip with Cruise Whitsundays.

Have you ever been sailing in the Whitsundays?