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A Whitsunday’s Sailing Charter is the Perfect Holiday Idea During COVID

What is the perfect vacation idea during COVID if you still want to find a getaway this year? The world of travel has changed so much for so many and experiencing the world freely is a little more challenging.

You may not want to travel so far or be around too many people, perhaps even self-cater. A sailing holiday offers the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and just be with your friends and family on the water. In fact, Forbes recently highlighted our charters as one of their great vacation ideas during COVID and a way to have an adventure and easily maintain social distancing. Our flexible booking policy and COVID measures also give peace of mind.

Let us share with you why sailing offers a pure isolation getaway…

You are in total control of your vacation

Sailing vacations are an attractive option as you are out on the water, away from people and surrounded by fresh air. You can avoid the worries that come with having to mingle with hundreds by the pool or on the beach. When you go sailing, you and your small group of family and friends are in total control, a perfect vacation idea during COVID. Sailing with Kids is the ultimate fun adventure, and memories are made that last a lifetime. Social distancing is easy when you can decide where to drop anchor.

You can plan your itinerary to avoid the crowds 

If you want to keep away from other people, spend your time researching your itinerary carefully. We’ve so much local knowledge too, so talk to our reservation team for advice on a suggested itinerary, if you want to find the most secluded bays, coves and anchorages where often you’ll be the only boat there.

You also get the chance to swim in the middle of the ocean with amazing tropical fish, our beloved sea turtles, dolphins and if you are very lucky a whale or 2, surrounding you, not something you can do so easily at a pool ashore. You can choose when and where you stop – if your original choice looks busy you can sail onto the next destination. The time and pace are for you to decide, so it is super relaxed. We offer snorkelling gear with all of our vessels, which has been professionally cleaned at t Aqua Dive next to our base in Coral Sea Marina. You can collect your correct sizes and make sure it all fits perfectly prior to your charter. Aqua Dive also supplies Scuba Diving equipment if you want to explore further,  read our Scuba Diving Blog for some great tips for diving in the Whitsundays and remember to include the beautiful new Underwater Art Sculptures in your itinerary.

You don’t have to dine out

When it comes to provisioning, you do not need to take any additional precautions than you would do going about your daily business at home right now. If you are worried about dining out, it is very easy to prepare quick, tasty meals onboard. You can provision yourself on arrival at the local supermarkets, ask our reservations team about shopping for your Charter, they will be happy to point you in the right direction and offer a few tips on what to buy and quantities and sizes of the fridges etc. Order in advance and get it delivered for your arrival or use our recommended provisioning service Whitprov Whitsunday Provisioning.

Chartering in the Whitsunday’s is ideal for fishing and catching your own fish for dinner is a fun activity for all of the family and a real thrill for kid’s. Read our blog “Everything you need to know about fishing on your Whitsunday’s sailing vacation”, where we give you great tips on fishing from a boat and some inside knowledge about where the best Fishing spots are in the Whitsunday’s. Try our 8 ways to dine on fish and Food Glorious Food during your Charter for a bit of inspiration.

*Make sure you’re fishing only in the permitted zones. Get the official info here.

Less Shopping and more Fun

Provision wisely and you can also limit the fresh food you need with a few little tips from our reservations team or Whitsunday Provisioning. Make sure, prior to doing your shopping that you take note of the Fridge and Freezer sizes and the cupboard capacity of your vessel. We can provide extra Eskies for storing your food if needed. My go-to list for Charter shopping is how many breakfasts, lunches and dinners do you need and add some nibblies with drinks and snacks, drinks of course, and a litre of drinking water per person per day. Be mindful of packaging (take packets out of their boxes etc (easier to store in limited space) and dispose of packaging prior to your Charter in the recycling bins in the Marina). Remember that large containers of things, while practical at home, may not be practical on board due to limited space. You can pierce bags of lettuce etc to let the air out and wrap in gladwrap to save space also. Our local Master Butchers Whitsunday and Fishi -Fish suppliers can also cryovac your meat and fish for you, prior to you Charter, which keeps it fresher for longer.

All of our vessels have a fully equipped Galley and a BBQ on board which makes cooking easier.

You can recharge your wellbeing

Being out on the water has a beneficial effect on happiness, health and wellbeing, as highlighted by marine biologist Wallace J Nichols in his book, Blue Mind (a great read on board). The ocean has a calming effect and the big expansive views help quieten busy minds. There must be something in it, as some of the world’s most creative people enjoy sailing, from Einstein to Steve Jobs. Find out more…

If you want to completely relax, we offer a Sail Guide and Hostess which means you can benefit from the experience of captains who know the area well and how to make the most of your Whitsunday Yacht Charter.

Use the Dinghy to explore

All of our vessels come with a dinghy and outboard to explore your own private beaches and nature walks on the Islands.

Download our Base Guide for lots of information on booking your Charter. Inside our base guide we tell you how to get here, what to see, where to shop and some interesting facts about the Whitsundays. Click on the links for Pricing and to view our Fleet to choose your perfect boat for your guest’s and budget, and view our Specials for some Super Savings.

Our reservation team is on hand 7 days a week, in our Charter Office located at Coral Sea Marina, they are happy to answer all of your questions and you are speaking to a real person who lives here in the Whitsundays with a wealth of local knowledge to assist you.


Call:  (02) 4946 7400 – Email: [email protected]


Call: 0457 036 756 – Email [email protected]

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any great ideas, photos, videos or feedback you would like to share with us [email protected]

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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