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Water Activities

There is a wide range of water activities you can enjoy while on your Whitsunday bareboating charter. All of our boats have a dinghy with outboard motor so you can explore the anchorages, get closer to snorkelling spots or go beach combing. For some extra fun we can also arrange a range of options that you pre-book when completing your charter booking form. These are provided by external suppliers and will already be on board your vessel at commencement of your holiday. The extras include fishing gear, beach fun packs, beach towels, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, kayaks, wave skis, stand up paddleboards and board games. See our Extras Prices for more information.

Fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

For those in the know, fishing around the Whitsundays can be very fruitful. For those not so knowledgeable, it can simply be fun to drop a line and see what happens. Having said that, there are many rules and regulations to abide by and it is advisable to get the latest updates by visiting the Qld Govt Website for recreational fishing rules. The information contained here is gained from many different sources and is by no means complete and is only to be used as a basic guide. You should do your own research before embarking on your fishing trip as changes to legislation etc. may occur. Here are some helpful articles on fishing in the Whitsundays:  Everything you need to know about Fishing while on a Sailing Vacation  Craig McGill’s “Fishing the Whitsundays”

What Type of Fish Can You Expect to Catch in the Whitsundays?

Bluefin and mackerel are in abundance all year round. They can usually be located by the sight of seabirds skipping over the surface of the water where the tuna are. Casting or trolling around the headlands and in the passages between the islands should also land you a few good tuna for dinner. There is excellent estuary fishing to be found in Gulnare Inlet, Hill Inlet, Nara and Macona Inlets.

Coral reef fishing can provide the likes of Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Emperor, Gropers etc. Before visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, it is important you study the zoning map for the area you are visiting to be sure of the activities that you can do and where you can do them. The information for the zoning map can be found at

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/zoning-permits-and-plans/zoning/zoning-maps

Why do we Have Closed Seasons?

Closed seasons prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons. Throughout the Queensland East Coast, a closed season applies to Barramundi from midday on the 1st November to midday 1st February. There are 3 x nine day periods that have been implemented as closed seasons for the taking of all coral reef fish. These are October, November and December each year around the new moon phases. The closures apply to all Queensland East Coast waters between latitude 10’41’S and 24’50’S. The closures are designed to protect spawning aggregations of most Coral Reef Fish Species

Are you ready to charter a boat? No licence required.

No licence is required for a Yacht Charter in the Whitsundays, unlike other locations worldwide. We offer a brief training session before you head out, for either sailing or powered yachts.

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