Whitsunday Escape specialise in skipper yourself bareboat charters

A bareboat charter sailing holiday in the Whitsundays is an experience of a lifetime for some, an annual holiday for others. Enjoy the freedom to cruise around the Whitsunday Islands at your own pace, planning your own itinerary and activities. You can tailor your Whitsunday sailing holiday to be the way you want it.

Today Show LIVE in Airlie Beach!

Tune in to Channel 9 on Wednesday 1st of June 2016 from 6-9am for a live show from Airlie Beach foreshore! While we have had weather crosses before, tomorrow for the first time ever, the entire Today show team will be live in the Whitsundays. Locals and visitors alike are invited to join the party down by the beach along the Esplanade from 6 – 9am.

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Whitsunday Escape has the largest fleet of bareboats in the Whitsundays

We offer a wide range of yachts, sailing catamarans, and powerboats, suitable for 2 – 12 people; and with the power option you don’t have to have sailing experience to enjoy a boating holiday in the Whitsundays. You can only book a Whitsunday Escape charter boat directly with us, so give us a call or make an online enquiry today! The first live sport report from Tim Gilbert, at 6.10am, will be on board a luxurious Leopard 44 sailing catamaran. Tim will bring you all the latest in sport, including everything you need to know about the first State of Origin game that very night!

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What is a bareboat?

A ‘bareboat’ is a charter boat that comes without a skipper and crew. When you hire a bareboat, you become the skipper and skipper the boat yourself, and your friends and family become the crew. This gives you the flexibility to choose where you go and when, without a fixed timetable or any other passengers. Whitsunday Escape can also provide the services of a sail guide to teach you the ropes for a day, or to be your guide for the duration of your sailing holiday.

How Does Bareboating Work?

So what does the boat come with?

The boats are not bare at all! Whitsunday Escape boats are all customized and fully equipped for extended cruising in the tropics. Standard equipment on all boats includes a well-equipped galley (kitchen), refrigeration, bathroom facilities, hot and cold water, TV & DVD, ipod connections, linen, snorkelling gear, cockpit shade, good ventilation, cabin fans and a rigid inflatable dinghy with a 6 hp outboard motor. You just need to bring the things you would bring if you were staying in a self-contained apartment.

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Whitsunday Escape Charter Base

Our modern fleet of 30 boats is conveniently located at Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, the ‘Gateway to the Whitsundays’. The marina offers easy boarding, a dive shop for scuba gear hire, a liquor store, a couple of restaurants and a small convenience store. Abell Point Marina is within a five minute walk of the town centre and is a short taxi ride from two large supermarkets. Select your perfect boating holiday from our fleet of Sailing Catamarans, Sailing  Yachts, Power Catamarans and Power Cruisers.

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The Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands are situated at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on the north east tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. The islands are approximately 1,100 kilometres north of Brisbane and 700 kilometres south of Cairns. There are 74 islands within the Whitsunday group. The tropical islands are fringed with coral reefs, white beaches and feature numerous secure anchorages and the outer Great Barrier Reef provides protection from ocean swells. Cruising time between anchorages is, in most cases, less than two hours. The reef and islands all form part of the vast Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and, as such, the sea-life and wildlife are protected and fishing is restricted in some areas. Six resorts are scattered throughout the Whitsunday Islands. Most welcome visiting yachts, offering activities, swimming in resort pools, dining, and the use of their facilities.

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"What a delight, we had a fabulous time, you have a great business with terrific people assisting. On our return to Melbourne we have told many people why they should go sailing and charter with Whitsunday Escape, thanks for the follow up email and we will be back."

− Dale Fisher from VIC who chartered our Perry 43 4

"Thank you, we had the most wonderful holiday and the 5 star luxury of the “Queen Marie” was second to none. We will definitely be back in the future. Our family has travelled extensively overseas and we all agree that sailing the Whitsundays is the best holiday we have had. We are recommending to all our friends that they put this trip on their ‘bucket list’ as a must do in their lifetime and of course we are recommending Whitsunday Escape. Thank you again for a magical holiday!"

− Robyn Van de Wetering from ACT who chartered our Fountaine 44 Power

"What great waters…. What great weather…. What great sailing…. Fizzle-Gig was just divine. We fully understand why she is referred to in the Whitsundays as “The Love Boat”…..say no more! Thanks to your staff for making everything so easy for us."

− Andrew & Bernadette from WA who chartered our Catalina 387