Cruising Area - Whitsunday Escape™
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The Largest Cruising Area

Go further and see more with Whitsunday Escape

Whitsunday Escape has the largest cruising area for bareboats in the Whitsundays. The cruising area covers all the popular sights to see, and many beautiful places you probably haven’t heard of – yet!


Within the Whitsunday Escape cruising area you can explore famous Whitehaven Beach, snorkel at numerous fringing coral reef snorkel spots and visit island resorts and mainland towns.


We also have plenty of anchorages and moorings where you can spend the night, either enjoying the company of other boats or finding a secluded bay all to yourself.


We recommend a 7-10 night charter for a good tour of the islands. You can travel:

  • as far north as Gloucester Island,
  • as far south as Shaw Island, and
  • as far east as there is an island, which is Harold Island.


To explore this map in detail, see our Interactive Map

How to plan where to go

When planning your trip, keep in mind you will not have enough time to visit everything in a week. Create a shortlist of the places you would like to see and the experiences you would like to have and our team will help you work out an itinerary to see as many of them as you can when we conduct your pre-charter briefing on arrival.

Interactive Map Suggested Itineraries

What to do

Customers who are new to the bareboat charter experience sometimes wonder if there will be enough to do. Our regular charterers, of course, know that there is so much to do, some things they will do every time they visit, and so many new places to explore. They are happy to keep coming back year after year!

Check out our list of Things To Do and see the Rental Equipment we have for hire.

While you are not permitted to take the boats to the outer reef, you are allowed to visit so many of the fringing reefs within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Many people say some of these sites are as good, if not better, than the outer reef itself.

There is certainly bountiful marine life, with hundreds of species of fish and corals to see all around the islands.