Bareboating - The Whitsundays QLD
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Skipper your own charter in The Whitsundays

Bareboating (skipper yourself) sailing is the kind of holiday that gets addictive and many travellers come back year after year, hire the same boat again and visit the 74 islands of the Whitsundays. Firstly, bareboats really aren't bare at all - it's like hiring a houseboat. You can hire a fully equipped, and generally rather luxurious, vessel for a week or so of sailing in The Whitsundays, where you get to 'skipper yourself' and choose your own course for the duration of your holiday.

Click on the links below to view bareboating options.

What’s Included?

Bareboats come equipped with almost everything, including the kitchen sink! Included are bed linen, cooking equipment and utensils, TV/DVD player, navigational aids like the book 100 Magic Miles, often they come equipped with spray jackets and stinger suits too. All you really need to do is provide the food, and even then, most companies can help you arrange provisioning so it's all there when you arrive at check-in.

Can Anyone Go Bareboating?

While sailing experience is, of course, an advantage, you actually don't need to be a professional sailor to hire a bareboat. All companies provide a briefing prior to allowing you to take a vessel out on your own. Often basic boating experience is sufficient to get you started.

There is no better way to experience the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands than on a boat. Raise an anchor, you are halfway there already. For those who don't feel confident hoisting the sails, you can hire a powerboat or catamaran too, and simply motor your way around the islands for your holiday. If you would like some assistance, you can hire a skipper and/or host for all or part of your trip.


Enjoy the freedom of choosing your own route and going at your own pace as you discover cascading waterfalls hidden on the islands; be the first to leave footprints on untouched beaches each morning. Enjoy paddleboards, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing at your leisure.

With more than 40 anchorages, there is always a tranquil spot to lose yourself and at night you can gaze up at the endless expanse of the starlit sky, sheltered from the breeze in an inlet or secluded bay.


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