The Captain’s Log

Winner Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award Silver and gold Queensland and Whitsunday Tourism Awards 2016 Derwent Hunter

A true eco adventure in the Whitsundays

What makes Derwent Hunter day trip an Eco Tour?

There are plenty of day tours to see the Whitsunday Islands, so how do you pick the right one?

Some claim to be the fastest, the wildest, the newest, do the most in one day, every trip has its unique story and visitors to the Whitsundays love them all.

What makes Derwent Hunter unique?

The Derwent Hunter reef adventure focuses on low impact day tours and has numerous initiatives in place to protect our natural environment and educate our guests about it while they are enjoying the amazing Whitsunday experience.

How do we do this?

Derwent Hunter has private moorings in the Whitsunday islandsPrivate moorings – No anchoring

Every time an anchor is dropped it has an impact on the seabed, which could damage fragile corals or sea grass.

Of course we don’t want to damage the coral, that’s exactly what we are coming here to see, and turtles eat the sea grass, so we want to protect that too!

We have invested in private moorings in each of the locations we visit to ensure we are having the least impact on our natural environment possible.


Captain and crew keep an Eye on the Reef for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Eye on the Reef research

Our experienced crew monitor our sites and submit weekly reports to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

We know our sites better than anyone and our marine biologists Fiona & Amy are the perfect eco guides.

All of our crew members are passionate eco hosts who know so much about the Whitsunday marine life.

Ask them anything!


Eco interpretive talks on board Derwent Hunter every dayEco education

We have the time and the perfect platform to share our eco knowledge, and have special programmes for kids with our Eco Pirate Certificates.

Imagine an educational experience for the kids that they actually enjoy! Outside in the fresh air, learning about amazing fish and brightly coloured coral, and then getting to see it straight away in person!

It’s hard to beat.

Raising funds for the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Hospital on Derwent HunterTurtle Hospital fund raising

We have a passion for turtles, and have set in place a fund raising initiative to contribute to the fantastic work they do.

Every trip, you can buy drink tickets, and we refund any leftovers at the end. At the end of the trip, you now have the opportunity to donate your left over drinks tickets to the Turtle Hospital.

So far we have raised over $1000!


Derwent Hunter is a traditional tallship sailing the Whitsundays daily Mode of transport

As a traditional sailing ship with a huge sail area, it makes sense to sail where the wind wants to take us, and the wind wants to take us north! So north we go, to Langford Island and Bali Hai most days, and other spots nearby when appropriate.

It means we can keep the motors off for longer periods, minimising our impact on the environment.

We were built to sail, and sail we shall!


Award-winning for Ecotourism

Did you know we won the Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards in November? And then won Silver at the Queensland Tourism Awards as well? We’re mighty proud of our whole team who share our passion for Ecotourism, and helped us snag these little beauties.

Winner Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award Silver and gold Queensland and Whitsunday Tourism Awards 2016 Derwent Hunter

More on ecotourism


Derwent Hunter and Ocean Rafting Day Sailing Packages Whitehaven Beach Langford Island Snorkelling

Congratulations to our partners Ocean Rafting!

Ocean Rafting were winners at the Australian Tourism Awards last week for Tour and Transport Operator. We are very happy with this wonderful package we have built with them to offer the best of both worlds. Fast and thrilling ride with Ocean Rafting one day, and a relaxed chilled out sail with Derwent Hunter the next. Both award-winning in our field – the perfect pair.


Tallships Derwent Hunter Summer SpeciallSuper Summer Special

Time is running out!

Book your Derwent Hunter day trip by 8 May 2017 and you can travel for just $175 per adult or $155 concession.

Book direct or with your preferred agent.

Prices valid for travel up to 30 June 2016.


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