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Chartering a yacht in the Whitsundays is always a memorable experience. But remember, this is your sailing holiday, and the last thing you want to do on holiday is rush. There are over 74 Whitsundays islands to visit, as well as endless activities and plenty of relaxation to fit in. So slow it down, take your time and go bareboating for longer.

How Long Should I Charter a Yacht in the Whitsundays?

We recommend a minimum of 7 nights for yacht charters in the Whitsundays. 10 nights is better and 14 nights is ideal. Why? Consider the following:
  • You’ll spend at least half a day getting out and half a day getting back in. The first day is mostly taken up with check-in and briefing (navigation, anchoring, safety and practical boat handling). Your yacht will need to be returned by 10 am on the final day, so you’ll probably spend the last night at an anchorage not too far from Port of Airlie. A 7-night charter really is the practical minimum to get a feel for the islands and have time to explore at a leisurely pace.
  • Chartering a yacht for 14 nights gives you a real feel for sailing. You will get to know your yacht intimately and it will feel like a true home.
  • A couple of weeks sailing the Whitsundays on a charter yacht means you are in command. Take the road less travelled to discover hidden coves, secret beaches, and prime fishing and snorkelling spots. With time on your side, you can stay longer at some destinations and not have to constantly think about moving on to the next anchorage straight away.
  • Relax. You are on holiday. Of course, you want to see as much as possible, but getting into the relaxed rhythm of life aboard your charter yacht is a pleasure in itself. Read, sun yourself on the deck, sample some delicious local produce or watch the sun set instead of going onto a different anchorage each night.

Whitsunday Sailing Itineraries – How Do I Choose?

Good question. Firstly, think about would you would most like to see and do on your Whitsunday sailing adventure. Do you want to dive with colourful fish and coral? Perhaps snorkelling off a white sandy beach is more your thing? You might be surprised to hear that bushwalking is another popular activity. Bird watching and fishing are also options. There is just so much to see and do which is why you need time. Once you’ve made a shortlist of activities and sights, it’s time to plan your itinerary. We suggest looking at a sample 7 day Whitsunday Sailing Itinerary and then adjusting it to create your perfect holiday. You will need to factor in weather conditions and be flexible when planning your itinerary as conditions can change.
Whether you create your own itinerary or follow one of ours, book your charter yacht today. Winter in the Whitsundays is one of the most popular times to go bareboating, so don’t delay.

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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