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Choosing the best boat for your tour of the Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands
Whitehaven smiling guests

“The Whitsundays is one of the highlights of the East Coast”

When it comes to the time of creating your dream trip on the east coast of Australia, one of the biggest decisions will be choosing which boat tour to do of the Whitsunday Islands.

As you have probably noticed there are hundreds of boats to choose from which can make the decision quite daunting, so we are going to make it really simple for you.

Depending on how much time you have in Airlie Beach (which is the location where you depart on your boat trip) and your budget, trips generally range from 1 to 3 days.

Day Trips

Firstly, you have your cheap and cheerful 1 day experiences like Ocean Rafting for those travellers who have limited time this exhilarating Whitsundays speedboat experience will get you out to Whitehaven beach and Hill inlet Lookout and even has time for a snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

These trips generally depart for a 8-10am pick up from most accommodations on Shute harbour Road, Airlie Beach and return around 3:30-4:30pm.

A quick efficient way to tick off the bucket list of the Whitsundays.

Now, for those of you who have more time you then have your overnight sailing adventures.

2 Day 1 Night Trips

If you’re short on time but still want to spend a night out on the water you have 2 day 1 night departures such as the SV Whitehaven and the Siska. These are a great option if you’re time is limited as you can usually catch an overnight bus south or north with Greyhound once the boat returns to Airlie Beach allowing you to stay overnight on the water and travel onward.

2 Day 2 Night Trips - The Most Popular Option

For those not time short who want to see as much as they can of the Whitsunday islands, 2 day 2 night boats are by far the most popular choice amongst travellers and Backpackers alike. It’s called 2 days 2 nights because the boats depart around midday on the first day and return about midday on the 3rd. This allows people to arrive on the morning of departure either on an overnight bus or early flight and catch an overnight bus after the trip as well. We usually suggest spending a night before and after the tour in airlie beach to catch your breath before heading out and having a post Whitsundays tour dinner with the guys you went out on the boat with!

We break it down to three different categories for your choice of Whitsunday Islands trips as it really depends on what type of traveller you are as to what type of boat you want to travel on.

All of the boats we offer will take you to the highlights of the Whitsunday Islands such as Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet lookout and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

There's a Whitsunday trip that can cater to everyone's timeframe.

Here are the three different types of boats we offer:

32-54 people
All meals Included
Party Atmosphere aboard the boat
Waterslides, Spa and Dive Platform
Optional Scuba Diving
BYO Alcohol
Check out the Atlantic Clipper (54 people maximum) or the New Horizon (32 people maximum)


25 – 30 people
Experience Maxi Adventure Sailing Yacht operations such as helping put up the sails and steering the boat
Adventurous atmosphere on the boat
All Meals Included
BYO Alcohol
There are 4 of these sailing schooners that go most days – The Boomerang, British Defender, Condor and Broomstick.


12-29 people
Food included
Explore the Whitsundays Islands with that James bond feeling
Big nets to relax in on the front of the boat
Relaxed atmosphere and activities such as paddle boarding and nature walks
Spa on board
Spacious and luxurious feel
BYO Alcohol

So Which of these boats suit you? You can always ask us any questions using the live chat in the bottom right or emailing

Rafting in the Ocean
Fun and Sun!
Siska Sailing Whitsundays
The Siska overnight sailing boat
Atlantic Clipper Whitsundays
The Atlantic Clipper
Whitsunday Sailing
The Condor Adventure Boat
Whitsundays Powerplay Catamaran
The Powerplay boat on the Whitsundays
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