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?

    A Bareboat is a self-contained boat hired out without a skipper or crew. You get to captain the boat, choose the itinerary, and set the pace of your holiday!

  • What Qualifications do I need to hire a Bareboat?

    None! A Bareboat holiday is achievable for anyone with a little boating knowledge. No formal qualifications are required, and each Bareboat company will happily talk you through the skills you need, to charter in confidence. With extra tuition options available to boost your competency, this can be a holiday for everyone.

  • Where Can You Go While Bareboating in the Whitsundays?

    The Whitsundays offer a large cruising area located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Explore from Cape Gloucester in the North, to Lindeman in the south, including Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach. The extensive area offers endless opportunities for exploring and new experiences.


  • How Do I Get to the Whitsundays for Bareboating?

    The easiest way to get to The Whitsundays is to fly via Whitsunday Coast (PPP) or Hamilton Island (HTI) airports. You can also drive to Airlie Beach with parking options available at departures ports.

  • 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. Pricing is for the boat, not per person. Affordable when compared to AirBNB, with no additional excursion costs as you are on the excursion! Look out for seasonal specials.

  • What is the best time of the year to go Bareboating?

    Bareboating in the Whitsundays can be a magical experience any time of the year, with countless protected anchorages. Each season offers different highlights, so talk to the providers to find the perfect time of year for you. The Whitsundays are in the tropics with warm balmy summers and mild temperate winters. School holidays are very popular so be sure to book in early!

  • How many people can I bring on a Bareboat?

    This will depend on the size of the boat and number of cabins or beds. Typically ranging from 6 to 10. If you are coming with a larger group, consider taking 2 or more boats and travelling together, sharing the experiences.

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

    Renting a bareboat in the Whitsundays includes almost everything you will need for your trip, even down to the kitchen sink! Fresh linen and towels, bathroom facilities, cooking equipment, navigational aids and safety equipment as well as a tender to take you ashore.


  • Where do I get more information?

    Contact any of the listed charter companies – they will happily answer any further questions you have.