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Sailing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

The Whitsunday Islands are located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Sailing is one of the most popular ways of exploring the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The quality of the reefs that fringe the islands is considered to be of very high quality, and comparable to the outer reef itself.

The coral and marine life that thrive on the island reef sites are the same as those that make up the outer reef.

  • The Whitsunday island reefs are protected from ocean swells by the outer reef.
  • The 74 islands of the Whitsundays provide safe anchorages.
  • The Whitsunday Islands are perfectly placed at latitude 20° and blessed with tropical trade winds year round. (Located at the same position south of the equator as Hawaii is north.)
  • With 32 of the 40 boats in the Whitsunday Escape fleet being either Sailing Catamarans or Sailing Yachts there is a sailing boat to suit everyone.

Sailing Catamarans Sailing Yachts