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.