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The Ultimate Girls Trip to the Whitsundays

Looking for the ultimate girls trip holiday? Hiring a bareboat in the Whitsundays is possibly one of the best things you can do!

A sailing or power boat will get you around – all you need is a little boating experience. If you aren’t a confident sailor; don’t let this deter you, every boat can be used on engines alone!

Grab your girl squad, anywhere from 4-8 is an ideal number. Most of our boats have double cabins, so bunk in with a friend or take a cabin each.

A waterproof camera is a must and we can guarantee you’ll get some of the best, funniest and most wanderlust-inducing profile pics!

We have grilled a few of our more recent girls-trip groups and here are some of their best tips:


Inflatables are not just for the kids!

Giant inflatables are the bomb! Lazing on brightly coloured blow ups in the turquoise waters just off your boat is pure bliss. With a drink in hand, the girl talk starts and inevitable laughter follows. You would be hard pressed to find a more euphoric and soul soothing experience. And of course the photos… to induce a little FOMO for all your other friends.


Take the time to enjoy lots of good food

Girls love their food right?! And there are so many options to make life simple, not only in the planning but also once on board and prepping. Platters of fresh tropical fruit or local Whitsunday seafood can be pre-ordered and delivered to your boat before you go. The local provisioning companies are pros at this stuff. You can even have them fully cater for the entire trip with meal plans and recipes designed for bareboating, so you don’t have to think too hard about what to make each day. But for those who enjoy the planning; local supermarkets and speciality stores are also very well stocked, so you can easily do it yourself.


Dancing, laughing until you cry and making new friends are part of the journey

When you find yourself in a secluded bay with no neighbours, turn up the music and dance the night away. Good times guaranteed! When you find yourself in a bay with other boaties, why not make some new friends?! Visiting other boats in your tender is common practice, just BYO drinks.


Keeping active on a bareboat is quite doable

A bareboat holiday doesn’t have to be all lazing and eating… There are many impressive bushwalks on the islands varying in difficulty and length. Whitsunday Cairn bushwalk is marked ‘difficult’, suitable for fit and experienced walkers only. It climbs to an elevation of 300m, and is almost a 4km return trip. The views from the top are breathtaking. And of course there is the kayaking and stand up paddling, snorkelling and swimming, to wear off all that good food you’ve been eating.


Last of all, our final tips are

  • Bring hats – multiple is good and LOTS of sunscreen.
  • Sneakers and water bottles are a must for bush walking.
  • Take every day as it comes, spontaneity is key.
  • Bring plenty of good music. Playlists of girl power songs, dance music or chill tunes – you’ll use them all.

Want to go bareboating in the Whitsundays?

Book a charter yacht in the Whitsundays to explore the islands. Need help working out which boat will fit your group and level of experience? Contact our friendly reservations team for a recommendation.

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