Whitsunday Escape specializes in bareboat charters.
Generally, a bareboat is a charter boat that comes without a skipper or crew. In other words you would skipper the boat yourself and your friends and family would be the crew. Whitsunday Escape can provide a sail guide, provisions and a cook at your request.
The boats are not bare at all. Whitsunday Escape boats are all customized and fully equipped for extended off-shore cruising in the tropics. Standard equipment on all boats includes a well-equipped galley, refrigeration, bathroom facilities, hot and cold water, linen, snorkeling gear, cockpit shade, good ventilation, cabin fans and a rigid inflatable dinghy with a 6 hp outboard motor.
The Whitsunday Escape Charter Base
Our modern fleet of 32 boats is conveniently located at Abel 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 restaurant and a small convenience store. Abel 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 one of our Sailing Yachts, Sailing Catamarans, Power Cruisers and Power Catamarans.
35 to 50 ft
33 to 43 ft
33 to 35 ft
33 to 44 ft
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 kilometers north of Brisbane and 700 kilometers south of Cairns. There are 74 islands within the Whitsunday group (also known as the Cumberland Islands). The tropical islands are fringed with coral reefs, white beaches and feature numerous secure anchorages. 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. Fishing is restricted in some areas.
Seven resorts are scattered throughout the Whitsunday Islands. Most welcome visiting yachts, offering evening entertainment, dining, and the use of their facilities.
Getting around our Website
Each cabin of every vessel in our fleet can be easily viewed. Simply click on the respective category, Sailing Yachts, Sailing Catamarans, Power Cruisers or Power Catamarans and select the vessel of your choice for a full size layout and detailed spec information. You will find a photo gallery at the bottom of each vessel’s page with between 9-12 photos. All photos are expandable with a double click of the mouse.
Prices are in the 'Charter Rates' section of the web site. The various seasons will appear on the bottom of that page. We have Season Specials running most of the year for bookings of 6 or more nights. From the 'Charter Rates' page you can also access each boat page by clicking on the boat style.
Information on getting to the Whitsundays and planning your holiday can be found on the How to Escape page.
A Whitsunday Island map including aerial photos of a number of anchorages is on the Islands & Anchorages page.
General information on bareboat chartering and the Whitsundays is under our Info...Info... link. Topics vary from tips on navigation to resort accommodation.