Bareboating FAQs

We’ve got you covered if you plan to explore The Whitsundays through bareboating. We’ve created an extensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that cover everything you need to know. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a first-timer, our FAQs will help you easily plan your trip.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local bareboating expert for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Bareboating?

    Bareboating is the experience of renting a vessel, such as a catamaran or a monohull, without a crew or provisions. As the skipper, you can explore breathtaking locations, including Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef, at your own pace. The absence of rigid schedules or plans makes bareboating a unique and enjoyable activity in The Whitsundays.

  • What's Included When I Rent a Bareboat in the Whitsundays?

    Renting a bareboat in the Whitsundays includes almost everything you’ll need for your trip, even down to the kitchen sink! Expect bed linen, cooking equipment, utensils, a TV/DVD player, and essential navigational aids like the book “100 Magic Miles.” Some companies even provide stinger suits and spray jackets. You’ll only need to bring food, but many Airlie Beach-based companies can assist with provisioning.


  • Where Can You Go While Bareboating in the Whitsundays?

    Bareboating has been a popular and quintessential Whitsunday activity for over 30 years. The region is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and offers year-round protected waters and favourable Airlie Beach weather conditions. Set your course for Hamilton Island, and Whitehaven Beach, or try to find some of the Whitsundays’ hidden gems. In case of weather constraints, our operators will work with you to find the best and safest locations possible.


  • Is Sailing a Bareboat in The Whitsundays Hard?

    When sailing in The Whitsundays, it is important to treat the environment around you with respect. Before setting sail, you will receive a thorough briefing from experts on how to operate the vessel. They will also cover navigation, and stay informed about the local weather systems. You do not need any qualifications or licenses for this briefing.


  • Catamaran vs. Monohull in the Whitsundays

    Monohulls and catamarans offer different sailing experiences. Catamarans are more stable and ideal for families, providing spacious cockpits perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Monohulls offer a different adventure, tilting to one side while sailing, adding a unique thrill to your Whitsunday escape.


  • What Activities Can You Do While Bareboating?

    Experience snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, fishing near Hamilton Island, or hiking to Hill Inlet Lookout for breathtaking views. Whether you decide to swim, relax, or explore, bareboating in the Whitsundays offers endless possibilities.

  • How Much Does Bareboating in the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach Cost?

    The cost varies depending on the boat’s size and type, but there’s something for every budget. Look out for seasonal specials and Whitsunday holiday packages for the best deals.

  • How Do I Get to the Whitsundays for Bareboating?

    The easiest way to get to The Whitsundays is via Whitsunday Coast Airport or Hamilton Island Airport. You can also drive to Airlie Beach if you’re coming from nearby locations.

  • What's the Best Time to Go Bareboating in the Whitsundays?

    Thanks to the favourable Whitsundays weather, you can go bareboating almost all year round. However, watch Airlie Beach weather forecasts to choose the best time for your trip.

  • Is Bareboating Safe for Families and Kids?

    Absolutely! Bareboating is a family-friendly activity, and many catamarans offer spacious cockpits ideal for families with kids.

  • Can I Take My Bareboat to Whitehaven Beach?

    Yes, Whitehaven Beach is one of the most popular destinations for bareboaters. Just be sure to check local regulations and weather conditions before you set sail.

  • Are There Restaurants or Supplies Near Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island?

    Yes, Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island offer a range of restaurants and shops where you can stock up on provisions before your trip. Don’t forget to check out Airlie Beach markets for some local produce!

  • Do I Need a Stinger Suit for Bareboating in the Whitsundays?

    It’s a good idea to have a stinger suit, especially during jellyfish season. Many bareboat rental companies provide stinger suits as part of the package.

  • What Are the Options for Whitsunday Accommodation Before or After Bareboating?

    There are various accommodation options in the Whitsundays, from resorts to holiday packages, including both accommodation and bareboating.

  • Can I Sail from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island?

    Yes, sailing from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island is a popular route for bareboaters. Make sure to check out Hamilton Island Marina for berthing options.

  • Are There Special Deals for Whitsunday Holidays Including Bareboating?

    Many companies offer special Whitsunday holiday packages that include bareboat rentals, making it an all-inclusive experience.

  • Is Proserpine Airport Close to Airlie Beach?

    Proserpine Airport, also known as Whitsunday Coast Airport, is just a short drive from Airlie Beach, making it convenient for travellers.

  • Can I Fish While Bareboating in the Whitsundays?

    Fishing is popular while bareboating, but complying with Great Barrier Reef Marine Park regulations is essential.

  • Are There Any Great Barrier Reef Facts That Bareboaters Should Know?

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s largest coral reef systems and is home to a diverse range of marine life. It’s essential to follow all guidelines to protect this natural wonder.