Visible from space and stretching for more than 2,000km along Australia’s north-east shores, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the planet’s greatest masterpieces. At its edges, a Whitsunday Islands yacht charter is your chance to float among tropical white-sand islands scattered through the blue-green sea, and discover the swirling kaleidoscope of color and life living in the corals below.
A Superyacht Playground Down Under
In 2017, the Australian government loosened its regulations on superyacht cruising in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, opening up a raft of new anchorages for yachts up to 70 meters. This has made a Whitsunday Islands yacht charter even more attractive, as the region becomes better accustomed to the elite clientele of the superyacht world.
Whitsunday Islands Yacht Charter Guide
Chartering in The Whitsunday islands is your chance to experience the perfect combination of diving, fishing, luxury resorts, and blissful beach life that this dreamy archipelago has to offer. Here’s a guide to some of the highlights of a Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef yacht charter.
Qualia Resort, Hamilton Island
This superb five-star resort, restaurant and spa is a must-visit on your superyacht in the Whitsundays. Perched on the wild northernmost tip of Hamilton Island, the architecturally focused, award-winning hotel is set among the eucalyptus, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an epicurean experience at the Long Pavilion, or take the resort’s helicopter to tee off at the Hamilton Island Golf Club.
Often considered the most beautiful beach on earth, Whitehaven Beach is blessed with blinding white sand that is 98% silica, surrounded by aquamarine waters that swirl around the white sandbars and inlets like an abstract painting. Anchor, swim and play in the powder soft sands, before hiking through the rain forest and up to the lookout to gaze over the beach to the green hills beyond. A day at Whitehaven will never to be forgotten.
Manta Ray Bay, Hook Island
The Whitsundays offer an embarrassment of riches when it comes to snorkelling grounds, but it’s hard to go past the opportunity to snorkel with manta rays when they come to this tranquil little spot in the tropical Queensland winter. If you can tear yourself away, Hook Island also has a number of other great snorkeling sites, including Butterfly Bay, Luncheon Bay, and the coves around Stonehaven.
Hayman Island by InterContinental
Located in the north of the Whitsunday chain, Hayman Island is the site of Australia’s most iconic private island resort, the Hayman Island by InterContinental Resort. Due to reopen in July 2019 after a large-scale redesign, Hayman Island offers luxury spa treatments and fine dining perfectly tailored to the superyacht market, all set in a breathtaking landscape of cliffs and perfect beaches. Hayman Island is also home to Blue Pearl Bay, one of the finest reefs in the region for tropical fish.
Located just off Hayman Island, this small island has a strip of sugar-white sandbank that is exposed at low tide, making this a spectacular spot for a daytime picnic or a luxury beach barbecue in the evening as the stars come out across the sky. There’s also a fringing reef right off the beach.
Lindeman Island is a natural paradise with great walking tracks through the National Park, which covers almost the entire island. Hike up to Mount Oldfield for spectacular views across the bushland and to the beaches, where humpback whales and dolphins play in the crystal clear waters.
The yacht will move to the Outer Reef to experience one of the diving hotspots of the Great Barrier Reef. Dive or snorkel along the reef wall or in the coral lagoons, keeping your eye out for giant grouper, turtles, and reef shark among the dizzying schools of tropical fish.
These are just a few of the exceptional experiences available on a Whitsunday Islands yacht charter. For more information on this once-in-a-lifetime destination, contact your luxury superyacht company.