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A few words from some of our happy Sailors!

The Bougheys


Thank you so much to the Whitsundays Escape team for a wonderful holiday! We have made so many life long memories.

From our first day to our last aboard Chameleon we felt like we were in paradise!

Highlights of spending sunset @Whitehaven  Beach and hiking up to Hill inlet the next day to snorkeling the beautiful Blue Pearl bay and spotting all sorts of wildlife even unexpected like a goat on Hook Island !

This trip was for my 60th birthday and celebrations were shared with my youngest daughter who also got engaged on the trip! So the six of us will remember this forever

We will all return one day and Whitsunday Escape will be our first port of call!

Thanks again

QLD; who chartered our Leopard 47 for the first time

The Prescott Family


After our fifth charter with Whitsunday Escape, I just wanted to say what an amazing company they are!

We have recently returned from a week on the beautiful Bella Breeza {Beneteau 41.1 Sailing Yacht} and had yet another amazing week of adventure and fun, all thanks to the faultless team at Whitsunday Escape.

Every single boat we have chartered has been immaculate and in full working order every single time.
Sailing monohulls and catamarans were all flawless.

The staff are always friendly and helpful. Ashley has always been such a lovely happy welcome to the Whitsundays and I look forward to hearing her voice and seeing her every trip.
Lochie on our most recent charter was thorough with our briefing and super helpful with those special anchorages we had not visited.

Thankyou to all of you and I look forward to our sixth charter in 6 months time. The Prescott’s

QLD; who chartered our Beneteau 41.1 for the first time
Family on Beach with Dinghy

The Wagner Family


We had a great holiday on Glenfyne {Scimitar 1010} for our 7 night adventure.

The staff at Whitsunday Escape were great from booking to the moment we stepped off the boat at the end.

The local experience and knowledge that they shared helped us tick all the boxes we wanted to on this awesome holiday.

From snorkeling with turtles, seeing whales and swimming with all the big fish at Manta Ray Bay.

It was everything and more that we expected.

Thanks to all the team at Whitsunday

NSW; who chartered our Scimitar 1010 for the first time

Karen and Family


60th Birthday Celebration!

Thankyou Whitsunday Escapes for the hire of Leopard 43 Omega we had a fantastic time exploring the Whitsunday’s and will definitely be doing it again.

We visited several perfect locations swam with manta ray, turtles, fish and coral, saw some whales breaching and explored some walks.

I told my boss how great it was and he booked for next year.

Will see you again soon.

Regards, Karen

The Morrison Family


Thanks Whitsunday Escape team for providing our family with such an amazing family holiday.

The entire process from our booking through to the detailed briefing with Tim and the daily scheds’ was seamless and professional.

Our boat ‘Volare’ was immaculately maintained and a pleasure to sail.

Even a minor issue with the motor on our tender was quickly and efficiently managed out on the water by the Whitsunday Escape team.

We would also recommend Whitsunday Provisioning to anyone planning a similar trip as the food was plentiful and of great quality.

We look forward to our next trip and have already booked dates for next year on ‘Volare’.

Regards, the Morrison family

SA; who chartered our Seawind 1260 for the first time

Willem & Friends


We had a wonderful 10 days on board Great Escape {Lagoon 450 Flybridge} as a family of 8 adults and two infants in June 2021.
The boat was immaculate, obviously very well loved by Julie.

We hiked the Whitsunday peak, caught mackerel, had deserted coves to ourselves, snorkelled in amazing reefs, swam with turtles, wondered and wandered among at the million crabs on Hill inlet at low tide, sunbathed on the magnificent (even for us WA sandgropers) Whitehaven beach, paddle boarded over the local 9 foot groper at Whitehaven, and enjoyed many nights of feasting in serene anchorages.  Enclosed are a few snaps of our time.

Thankyou to WE for making this possible.  A great support team.  See you again soon.

WA; who chartered our Lagoon 450 for the first time

Ralph & Family


Hello,

We’d like to thank the team at Whitsundays Escape for there professionalism and attention to detail.

The 10 charter on Lady L was a wonderful experience. She was a great boat and we highly recommend her to anyone thinking of taking a trip around the Whitsundays.

We will definitely be back and take advantage of one of Whitsundays Escape large fleet.

Thanks from Ralph and my first mate Kerry

VIC; who chartered our Seawind 1250 for the first time

The Stuckeys


We loved our time on Avanti, the Jeanneau 49i (Sailing Yacht).

Everything on the boat worked,  she is well fitted out and the Whitsundays Escape team were polite and helpful every step of the way.

As boat owners, in between yachts, it enabled us to fall in love with sailing again.

QLD; who chartered our Jeanneau 49i for the first time

Leigh & Friends


Whitsunday Escape, Whitsunday Escape, This is Neptune!

With a year of uncertainty, several lockdowns and travel restrictions – being able to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays Islands was an AMAZING way to spend my 30th birthday celebration with close friends. It was the perfect way to leave behind the troubles of a crazy year we have experienced in the world.

Whilst there was many uncertainties around travel plans especially with a group of friends located in several states around the country, the Whitsunday Escape team went out of there way to ensure we were well informed and up to date with the latest information. A shout out to Jordan (our boat instructor) who has a wealth of knowledge of the boat fleet and made the briefing enjoyable and fun. Our boat, Neptune was fairly new, well equipped to accommodate 9 of us for the week and very easy to operate.

We enjoyed the freedom of traveling around the islands at our own pace and spent time snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking as well as just soaking up the North Queensland Rays on Whitehaven beach.

We would definitely recommend Whitsunday Escape and would definitely return for another wonderful Holiday.

Over and Out from the Neptune Cluster!

QLD; who chartered our Leopard 43 for the first time

Glen & Ally


Dear Whitsunday Escape team

It is an absolute pleasure to be able to give a review of our bareboat experience on your Catalina 35 monohull ZigZag, the “baby” of the fleet. Actually after 7 nights she felt like “our” boat!

I have just read almost all the testimonials and I can tell any reader that I fully agree with every sentence in every one. There really isn’t any more to say !! It’s all true.

The W/E team are so professional, friendly and helpful. ZigZag did not fault at all. For those of you thinking of doing this, it was our (my Wife and I) first time stepping on a sailing yacht. You need an understanding of the wind, tides and currents, basic boat handling etc. and everything else is explained in as much detail as you need during the briefing.

The team are there on VHF radio or phone to assist as and when required. This really is a very affordable (especially if you share the boat with friends), enjoyable, unforgettable, special and relaxing holiday. We are now considering buying a similar boat and leaving the stresses of real life to discover the world. Really!! Thanks Jordan and all at Whitsunday Escape.

Glen and Ally

WA; who chartered our Catalina 35 for the first time

Cathy & Friends


I sailed with a group of friends, eight in total in February 2021. We chose Whitsunday Escape because we had already chartered from them four years ago and had a great experience.

This time was even better. We had a beautiful boat, Great Escape (Lagoon 450). She is absolutely luxurious and meticulously maintained. Everything worked perfectly. She’s so big, eight people did not feel crowded at all. Dining and lounge seating inside, dining and lounge seating out the back, lounge seating, daybed and trampolines out the front and seating for six in the flybridge.

She is kitted out with absolutely everything you could need: oven, stove, microwave and BBQ with plenty of fridge and freezer space. The cabins were the best part: four queen beds with air-conditioning and their own ensuites – pure luxury not having to share a bathroom on a boat.

We spent eight nights on Great Escape and we were all sorry to leave her.

The weather was mostly fine, just a few showers. We stayed and snorkeled in a different spot every day as well as going to Whitehaven Beach to sit on the sand. The guide books on the boat were excellent in helping to find sheltered anchorages according to the conditions, as well as the best snorkeling. (We learned on our last trip, you don’t ignore the guide book if it tells you an anchorage is not suitable for overnight stops – lol).

Some of our highlights were seeing turtles, white-tipped sharks, squid, tuna, a cuttlefish that hung around our boat one night to eat the baitfish that were attracted by our lights. We got to handfeed batfish from the back of the boat in one anchorage!

And we spent one day on Hamilton Island for cocktails, dinner and a spot of shopping. It’s pretty special coming into Hamilton Island on your own boat!

The staff at Whitsunday Escape are so professional and hiring from them is so uncomplicated. The marina is also a one-stop-shop for all the diving and snorkelling gear and we also hired paddle boards which was fantastic for one lady in our group who was not confident swimming in the ocean – she just paddled alongside us as we snorkeled.

Thanks so much Whitsunday Escape! We’ll definitely be back again!

QLD; who chartered our Lagoon 450 for the first time
Whitsunday Escape Summerland 40 Underway

Simon & Friends


To the Whitsunday Escape Team,

Thank you so much for what turned out to be easily, hands-down, one of the best holiday’s we’ve had.  No, actually, it was the best.

This was our first experience of a bare-boat charter, and also our first time to the Whitsundays.  COVID forced us to looked closer to home for a holiday, and we are so glad we did.  The team at Whitsunday Escape were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish, always professional but at the same time extremely accommodating and very welcoming.  From the regular emails and phone calls to ensure everything was in place for our arrival, to the daily morning ‘Scheds’ radio calls (which quickly became a very entertaining and funny way to start our day), communication was excellent.  Nothing was too much trouble.

Needless to say we loved the beautiful Whitsundays, and we were left scratching our heads wondering why we hadn’t done this before.  The ability to plan our own itinerary the night before, with a glass of wine, fresh seafood and the best seat in the house, was superb.  And then the flexibility to ‘up-anchor’ the next morning, change our minds and do something different, or stick with the plan, made it our perfect holiday.  No queues, no crowds, just our own luxury boat, great company, and a beautifully changing landscape every minute of the day.

We enjoyed it so much so we are coming back next year, and the year after, and probably the year after that.  This time we are hoping to book two boats from the Whitsunday Escape team, as we want to introduce our families to the joys of a stress-free, wonderful holiday in the Whitsundays.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Many thanks,

Fiona & Simon, Fran & Matt

*Picture of boat supplied by Whitsunday Escape*

SA; who chartered our Summerland 40 for the first time
Radford Family Sailing Catamaran Views 2

The Radford Family


My family and I chartered a catamaran with your company from the 24th January for 7 nights.

Just wanted to say thank you very much for the best holiday! It was our first family holiday since we had our youngest…8 and a half years ago and it did not disappoint.

My children have never been on a sailing boat before and never any longer than an hour or so, so we didn’t know how they would go and I myself am not the biggest water or boat person and honestly didn’t know how I would go either but we ALL loved it and can not wait to get back next July for another holiday!

Thank you again and I have attached a couple of photos that have the Sea Dragon (Seawind 1160 3) in them.

Have a great evening and be in contact soon.

QLD; who chartered our Seawind 1160 (3) for the first time
Morsch Seawind 1160 3 small

Billy & Friends


Huge thanks to the team at Whitsunday Escape for another amazing holiday experience, this time on their Seawind 1160 3-cabin “Sea Dragon”.

2020 was tough year for everyone, but after 10 nights out cruising the incredible Whitsundays we were able to leave those troubles far behind.

Sea Dragon was an absolute pleasure to sail, and when we had to motor she was very frugal when it came to fuel usage.
The other great feature of the Seawind was the amount of fridge and freezer space, we had more than enough room for all our food and drinks which were kept icy cold.

Can’t till 2021 when we look to charter again with Whitsunday Escape.

NSW; who chartered our Seawind 1160 (3) for the first time
Carroll Wedding Voyager 1040

Geoff & Jane


Our experience with Whitsunday Escape has been absolutely faultless in every way.

We decided to get married on board the boat, and then take off on our honeymoon for 7 days. The boat we hired (Voyager 1040) was the perfect setting for our wedding, pure luxury and decadence, whilst Coral Sea Marina provided  a stunningly picturesque backdrop.

Cruising away afterwards on our own private escape was like a dream come true. The boat was easy to handle and never let us down, and the staff back at base were always encouraging, laid back, and full of excellent advice. The liberty of being able to moor or anchor wherever we wanted for each overnight stop allowed us to wake up to a different view and experience every single day in the beautiful Whitsundays.

To say it was amazing is an understatement. Thank you so much Whitsunday Escape, we will be back!

NSW; who chartered our Voyager 1040 for the first time
Aerial Lagoon 40 small

Troy, Annie & Crew


We would like to thank you all for the awesome holiday onboard the beautiful Nautitech Open 40, A Little Bit Nauti.

We had 5 perfect days exploring the Whitsundays Islands with our group of 6; most were from Taiwan and it’s not the usual holiday any of us had been on before so was extra special!
I’ve been sailing all my life but never on a luxury catamaran. To say I loved it would still be an understatement!

All of us fell in love with the catamaran and the Whitsundays – simply perfect. We will be back again next year for a longer trip, 5 days wasn’t enough haha

Thank you Whitsunday Escape for all the help, and to Jordan for showing us how to operate the cat. He was very helpful and certainly knows his boats.
He made the briefing enjoyable and fun – what a top guy! Jordan was very easy going, a fun guy to get your trip started.

We can’t wait to come back next year,  I think we might take the 421 Lagoon next time as lagoons are my favourite cats.
Thank you Whitsunday Escape team, we loved it and will be back.

QLD: who chartered our Nautitech Open 40 for the first time
Aerial Leopard 43.3 3

Guy & Friends


The best holiday experience to date – We chartered the Leopard 43.3 “Chill Out” for 7 nights.
The boat was awesome, had everything you needed and very easy to navigate.

The most amazing beaches/islands to explore. The active marine life, snorkelling the crystal clear waters and the relaxation of being on the water was like no other holiday we had been on.
No photo or video could do it justice.

I think there was a great balance of freedom to move around and explore where you wished; with the confidence of great support from the mainland via VHF if required.

Big thanks to everyone at Whitsunday Escapes, all the ladies we dealt with in the office were friendly and very prompt.
The guys who assisted us on the water – Wes, Tim and Jordan had great knowledge and are truly passionate about what they do.

We all agreed that without a doubt we will be back again and on the same boat –  “Chill Out”. Talk soon – Guy, Sarah, Alex, Michelle.

QLD: who chartered our Leopard 43.3 for the first time
Whitehaven beach

The Tosh Family


We were very fortunate to have a second bareboating holiday with Whitsunday Escape in one year – this time on board the beautiful Aquila 44. We had a wonderful time and loved this boat with all its comfort, spaciousness and storage.

Armed with a bit more knowledge and experience than the first time, we loved this holiday even more. The sense of achievement you get once you are anchored or moored for the day, the freedom you feel when exploring the beautiful beaches and bush walks, the great snorkelling and the relaxing family bonding time at night are some of the highlights of the experience for us. The Whitsundays are truly a piece of paradise.

Whitsunday Escape staff were great during the booking process, at the briefing, answering our questions during our trip, and helping us refuel, etc on our arrival back at the marina. We can’t wait to do it all again and wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thank you Whitsunday Escape for your friendly and professional service!

SA: who chartered our Aquila 44 for the first time
Cawley Review

The Cawley Family


Wow! Wow! Wow! What a life changing experience!

Cruising yourself around the Whitsundays on an amazing vessel is the ultimate holiday!

The team at head office were so professional and a pleasure to deal with.

Best experience for young children! What we saw blew our minds the only problem was we didn’t want to give our boat back.

Thanks guys we will see you again soon!!!

QLD; who chartered our Leopard 40 Classic for the first time
Tara Review

Kerri & Family


Incredible weekend spent sailing the Whitsundays on Tara (the Lagoon 440).

We had it all; the most incredible sunsets, endless fishing, whale watching, kayaking, snorkeling in Mantaray Bay, and hours of entertainment by a pod of dolphins.

A truly unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!

QLD; who chartered our Lagoon 440 for the first time
Whitsunday Escape Leopard 43 Power

Nate & Friends


Just spent the past 7 days on Aurora/Leopard 43! From the start to the end this company was amazing to deal with!

Check-in and briefing was detailed and understanding! The boat was AMAZING!

There was 8 of us and it was so comfortable! Had everything you needed and more! So much fridge space and storage!

Highly recommend this company for your bareboat needs!! You won’t be disappointed!! I will be back!! Thank you!

QLD: who chartered our Leopard 43 for the first time
Family Holiday Whitehaven Charter Whtisunday Escape™

The Tosh Family


My husband and I and our 7 year old, 10 year old and two 19-year old’s spent 7 days aboard the Summerland 40 “Tiger Lily”.

We were anxious how we’d go as we were both complete novices but with the patient and very detailed briefing by Steve we were left confident that we could do it.

We visited Nara Inlet, Langford Island, Stonehaven, Butterfly Bay, Hamilton Island, Tongue Inlet, Chalkies Beach and Palm Bay (Long Island) and we loved every minute of our adventure.

We had a daily challenge of carefully planning our trip based on the weather forecast, watching for potential hazards on the way, then mooring or anchoring, but once we were done, we could enjoy an afternoon of pure bliss snorkelling and swimming in the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays, watching the sunset and enjoying full moon on two of the nights.

This was by far the best and most memorable holiday we have ever had and we are looking forward to doing it again next year. Thank you Whitsunday Escape for your professional and friendly manner of running your business and communicating with us, you have been wonderful!

 

SA: who chartered our Summerland 40 for the first time
Group Family Tickety Boo Catamaran Charter Whitsunday Escape™

Rinus & Friends


What a great Holiday on board of the Lagoon 40 from Whitsunday Escape.

After very useful instructions from the Staff, we set sail with our friends (4 couples) for a great trip around the Islands.

All went very smooth thanks to the backup and care from Whitsunday Escape.

Would definitely recommend Whitsunday Escape and I am confident we will return for another wonderful Holiday.

QLD: who chartererd our Lagoon 40 for the first time
Catamaran Sailing Holiday Group Fishing Friends Fun Adventure Whitsunday Escape™

Robert, Katrina & Friends


A week on ‘Sweet Escape’ was indeed a great escape into the wonders of the Whitsunday Islands.

Choosing to charter in early October gave us the advantage of gentler Northerly winds, so that we could anchor overnight in new (for us) south facing bays, like Chance Bay with its beautiful sandy beach for swimming.

A full moon at night gave us magical evenings while dinning and sipping.

Sweet Escape, a Leopard 43 catamaran provided comfortable accommodation for the crew couples each with their own cabin and toilet / shower. No problems with performance through the water, either sailing or motoring.

Being keen snorkelers we were happy to find good coral in Saba Bay and Mackerel Bay, new bays we had not visited before. Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet are always favourite day visits for crystal clear water for swimming.

The Whitsunday Escape  staff were helpful in making sure we ordered food and drinks from nearby Airlie Marina providers for easy delivery. The food quality and variety from Whitsunday Provisioning was excellent.

A most pleasant “escape” efficiently managed by the staff at Whitsunday Escape.

NSW: who chartered our Leopard 43 Sailing Catamaran for the second time
Seawind Sailing Cat Whitsunday Escape™

Joe & Friends


Just finished a truly wonderful 7 day (not enough time) Bareboat Charter trip around the Whitsundays with Whitsunday Escape with 21 people to celebrate a 60th birthday on 3 Sailing Catamarans, Tara (Lagoon 440), A Little Bit Nauti (Open 40) and Happy Cat (Seawind 1160).

Whitsunday Escape are now my new benchmark in customer service. What remarkable people that work there.

Seldom do you come across a company where everybody goes so far above and beyond in making the experience such a memorable one.

Don’t even think about speaking with anyone else in planning a Bareboat Charter in Whitsundays.

NSW: who chartered 3 sailing catamarans for the first time

Ian, Jenny & Friends


Hi Team

Finally got around to writing a review from our trip last month. Trust this is suitable. Photo attached.

Our week on Tickety Boo was our third charter in four years with Whitsunday Escape. This new Lagoon 40 was a delight to sail and the sights of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands never disappoint. The friendly staff are always a pleasure to deal with and help to make our holiday a memorable one.

Thanks again for a great week.

– Ian, Jenny and Friends

 

VIC: who chartered our Lagoon 40 for the first time

Ed & Friends


Hi team,

Just a quick note to say thank you for an amazing experience aboard Tickety Boo, the Lagoon 40.

Communication and information was first class and we will be sure to book again through Whitsunday Escape.

Cheers

Ed & Friends

VIC: who chartered our Lagoon 40 for the first time

The Hope-Johnstone Family


Let’s not talk about the weather – that was outside their control but does mean that we must come back again some day – we missed the best that the Whitsundays had to offer. With that being said , everything else about this charter was overwhelmingly positive.

Starting with the yacht selection, there is enough to cater from couples to larger groups. The Seawind 1160 Lite was the perfect choice for a family with two young children. The price point is what it is, and competitive, the booking process is smooth and professionally supported. The pre- departure checks and range of add ons available gave us enough choice on what to bring, and what to have provided.

Once aboard we fell in love with the Wight Dog. Australian designed for the conditions and comfortable underneath especially on the rainy days. Tim gave us the benefit of his experience and knowledge, as well as the standard checklist and we felt well prepared for departure. The galley was well stocked, extra linen provided, the solar/batteries kept the two freezers and fridge cold the whole ten days. Our friends travelling in another boat were in the comfortable saloon every other night . She sailed nicely. We loved the “Wight Dog”. Plenty of extras like the esky , the snorkeling gear and sound system were much appreciated.

Whitsunday Escapes are a very professionally managed and run Company, from top to bottom, from the phone and email support, front office to the very patient and friendly Ops folks. I’m not sure about the quality of the competition and I’m unlikely to find out as I’ll be coming back to Whitsunday Escapes as soon as the bank account and the work roster will allow.

So… back to that weather, Whitsunday escapes were very accommodating and understanding as we had to modify our itinerary, arranged berths at short notice and helped us out with some unexpected gear breakages so that our charter will , despite the rain, be remembered with fond regard.

WA: who chartered our Seawind 1160 3 Lite for the first time

Johnny & Family


Just wanted to say that Whitsunday Escape exceeded my expectations.  The briefing went well, the boat was as described, and well equipped, and our week went extremely well.

We would not hesitate to use Whitsunday Escape again, should we return to the Whitsunday’s.

Thank you,

Johnny & Family

USA: who chartered our Leopard 40.1 for the first time
Leopard 43 Power Catamaran flybridge and foredeck door

Chris & Family


We had a great time on the Leopard 43 power cat and had great weather for our holiday! The family loved spending time on the beaches and relaxing on the boat. The daybed is an added luxury!

Chalkies beach was our number one spot and we even got to see dolphins at Whitehaven Beach.

Whitsunday Escape is the best charter company we’ve used and we’ve used many! We will definitely hire a boat with Whitsunday Escape again!

VIC - who chartered our: Leopard 43 Power for the first time

The Crosbie Family


Wow – I’m trying to find the right words to describe our holiday in the Whitsundays on board the sailing catamaran Tara.

Our family of 6 have never experienced a holiday like this and a week on, we are still trying to settle back into our normal city life.

Our floating hotel, Tara, was well equipped with everything we may need for the week. The cabins were much roomier than we expected, the beds comfortable and even with 4 wild kids on board she never felt cramped.

The best part of our holiday was that us adults actually got to relax – we didn’t have to find activities to keep the kids busy! They explored the bays and beaches in the dinghy, spent hours jumping off the boat into the water and enjoyed playing games and generally being kids. There was so much room that the kids could be doing what they wanted at the front of the boat while we relaxed with a glass of champagne and nibbles in the cockpit.

From the moment we enquired all the way through to checking out, the Whitsunday Escape staff were friendly, helpful and able to answer every one of my questions (and trust me, there were lots of questions!)

The memories will live with us for a lifetime and we can’t wait to start planning another trip to the Whitsundays. Don’t worry Whitsunday Escape, you haven’t seen the last of the Crosbie family.

QLD; who chartered our Lagoon 440 for the first time

Emma & Friends


We had a fantastic week cruising the Whitsunday Islands on a Leopard 43 Power Catamaran.

The boat was amazing and the location just perfect.

The Staff at Whitsunday Escape could not be faulted from our initial reservation until the post cruise debrief.
Jordan in particular was fantastic and really added to our holiday.

NSW - who chartered our: Leopard 43 Power for the 1st time
Whitsunday Escape Lagoon 450 Sailing Catamaran blue lights

Sue & family


Hi Julie and co.,

Back to earth in cold Melbourne for us.

I am so pleased we made the break to spend 7 days sailing – multiple reasons. All ‘win-win’! The immersion into totally different environment with one flight – tropical warm. Sunshine. Tick; very ready for it in our dull winter.

Plonked into something unfamiliar – and ‘handheld’ by skipper (and ground staff). Having a skipper made such a difference – able to optimize where we went, what to do and see. And such a lively bloke – like throwing a grenade into a trio of disengaged young ones. Good to think on our feet- to ‘be in the moment’ with a bold bloke. He helped give us a refreshing look at daily life; ‘choice A or B’, etc. Simplified things very much for us. A plethora of choices and options.

I was delighted about all the ‘black spots’ for TV and phone reception. That is an absolute bonus for a parent from the city. Let’s call it ‘enforced interaction’. Guess what – we had to interact in the ‘confine’ of a day on a boat! And we had plenty of space; luxurious and comfortable beyond what we expected. But we had to work as team/interact  for procedures, food, choice of activities,etc. (I tell you, much more effective than ponsy sessions with psychologists etc. to solve communication issues and disconnection that city folk often experience/develop. Being ‘singular’ is not possible.)

And joy. Pure joy – at the glow of sun waking in a new environment each day, distant hills (maybe), distant seas. So very calming. Nature at its best (and let’s hope it stays pristine as can be). The night stars. The balmy nights. Very invigorating.

Definitely hoping to be back some time. And will recommend ‘time out ’ like we experienced, as well worth any money. Even compared to overseas travel; no thoughts for foreign currency, passports, extensive airport time,etc.

I am sure I have forgotten some important things that resonated with me/us, but that is a ‘core’ of the pleasure we experienced and embraced. It was much more than I ever expected. Special thanks to Julie, and also ‘Rasputin’ (effervescent Luis)

Sue

Melbourne - who chartered our: Lagoon 450 for the 1st time
sunset reflection in Whitsunday Escape Seawind 1160 3 Lite sailing catamaran

Patricie & Jodi


74 magical islands that make up the Whitsundays, what better way than to charter your own 38 ft Seawind 1160 3 Lite catamaran named ‘Wight Dog” just the 2 of us and sailing away into the sunset!

We head off blue sky with slight breeze, the kind of day you only dream of!

Basking in the sunshine enjoying each other’s company while we sip on champagne and eat some of the best seafood, while listening to the water lapping on the side of the catamaran such a soothing sound. We both look at each other and without talking – “We are living the dream”.

As we pull into Nara Inlet we see a glorious rainbow that seemingly spans the entire bay, with a couple of boats looking as if they’re sailing right beneath it.

The fresh smell of coffee beans in the morning made us rise and really appreciate the beauty and spectacular sunrises and sunsets that shine between the hill tops of our majestic islands.

Swimming and spotting turtles and zipping around on our dinghy catching fish around Double Bay and Whitsunday Island.

The team at Whitsunday Escape one person who stands out and deserves so much praise for her dedication and hard work is Ashley who helped us with our booking. Ashley really is a shining star and goes above and beyond in her role. Tom was great too went through the briefing of the catamaran and also spent a few hours teaching us how to sail. We thank the entire team at Whitsunday Escape!

Queensland - who chartered our: Seawind 1160 3 Lite for the 1st time

James & Jenny


Dear all at Whitsunday Escape,

A note of thanks for making our wonderful week aboard Zig Zag possible.
We have sailed extensively across the Med and Caribbean and ZigZag rates as one of the best 35 footers we have chartered… she was the perfect size for a couple and well founded in every respect – a real pleasure to sail!

Aside from a great little boat, the service and support from the Whitsunday Escape team made for a stress-free holiday from the moment we stepped on board to the unfortunate time of reluctantly giving her back!

United Kingdom - who chartered our: Catalina 35 for the 1st time

Jeremy & Family