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The Whitsundays

From crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, to lush tropical landscapes and an abundance of marine life, the Whitsunday Islands, just off the north-east coast of Australia, are a true paradise for those looking to experience the ultimate luxury of a superyacht charter. With 74 islands to choose from, each offering its own unique beauty, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect anchorage. Whether you're looking to relax on picture-perfect beaches, play a round of golf on world-class greens, or explore the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays have it all.

During your superyacht charter around the Whitsundays, explore the Great Barrier Reef, home to a diverse array of marine life and coral - a truly spectacular natural wonder. Go scuba diving at Hangover - a wall dive just off Airlie beach - or explore the pristine corals, hidden caves and immense canyons at Hook Reef. Swim amongst majestic manta rays and gentle reef sharks, and experience the unparalleled beauty of the underwater world. For an even more exhilarating experience, take a private helicopter or seaplane ride to get a bird's-eye view of the reef and look down on the tropical foliage that lines the coastline.

On your Whitsunday Islands luxury yacht charter, explore the islands’ several national parks and diverse ecosystems. The Whitsunday Island National Park is a must-see, home to a variety of rainforests, mangroves and heathland habitats. Here, you’ll be able to see rare and endangered animal species, such as the Whitsunday Black Cockatoos and the Common Brushtail possums. The island's natural beauty is truly breath-taking, so make sure you stop off during your yacht charter.

The Whitsunday Islands are also home to the Ngaro Cultural Site, which is an important part of the region's history. The site is a sacred place for the Ngaro people and is home to rock art, paintings, ancient middens and other cultural artifacts. Explore this secluded indigenous site to learn more about the local culture and the history of the region.

For adventure-seekers cruising the Whitsundays, use your superyacht’s tenders and watertoys to explore the islands from a different perspective; discover hidden coves and secluded beaches. The islands are also a popular destination for kitesurfing, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding – all of which you can do during your luxury yacht charter. With the steady trade winds and warm waters, the Whitsundays are the perfect destination for these activities.

With luminous white sand scattering the coastlines, mesmerising turquoise swirls of water lapping at the shore, and a gentle breeze kissing at your salt-sprayed skin - the beaches along the Whitsundays really are the image of paradise. Whitehaven Beach is a must-visit. With powdery sands made up of 98% pure silica, the sand doesn’t retain heat, making it perfectly comfortable to walk along even in the most extreme heat - no wonder it's been voted one of the world's top ten beaches. A seven-kilometre stretch of dazzling white bordered with a melting pot of blues - Whitehaven Beach is a must-see for any charterers in the Whitsundays.

For golf enthusiasts, the Whitsundays are home to the 18-hole, par 71 Hamilton Island Golf Course, said to be among the most challenging in the world. Strung along the spectacular ridges and steep valleys of Dent Island, this course offers both stunning vistas and sporty entertainment for visitors of all ages.

After a day of exploration and activities, indulge in a massage or spa treatment at one of the many luxurious spas and resorts ashore. In the evening, head back to your yacht for a sunset sail around the islands. As the sun dips below the horizon, the water turns a brilliant shade of orange and pink, and the islands are bathed in a warm, golden light. It's a truly magical experience that you'll never forget. Enjoy an exquisite al fresco dinner on board your luxury yacht, prepared specially by your chef, and watch the sunset while enjoying artisanal cocktails.

Why charter in The Whitsundays?

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Deep sea exploration
  • Great surf spots
  • History and culture
  • Stunning views
  • Wildlife

In the know

Best time to visit:

September - March

High season:

September - November

In the know

Best time to visit:

September - March

High season:

September - November

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