What to Bring

Daily Trips
Daily trips: 
Departs 8.00am & Returns 4.30pm from Abell Point Marina South in the heart of Airlie Beach

What to Bring:
Swimwear and towel
Sun safe clothing, hat and sunscreen
Light jacket/jumper for windy wet or cool days (warmer jacket for winter June-Aug)
Bare feet preferred for boat, plus soft sole, closed in shoes for walking ashore. If you prefer to leave your shoes on whilst on board, soft-soled closed in shoes are best, not sandals/thongs.
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FREE COURTESY BUS PICK UP FROM YOUR AIRLIE BEACH ACCOMMODATION TO ABELL POINT MARINA SOUTH

Common Questions

What if I have never been sailing before?

Most of our guests are first time sailors and our professional crew soon teach you the basics and let you get involved. You are welcome to give them a hand and learn a few sailing skills or you can just sit back and relax.

Who else will be on the boat with me?

We cater for an extremely diverse range of guests with a sense of adventure, from all over Australia and all over the world. We find that people who choose similar types of vessels have similar tastes and requirements.

Do I need my own snorkeling equipment?

We have all the snorkeling equipment and wetsuits on board. If you do have your own gear, please feel free to bring it along. If you require a prescription mask you will need to arrange this prior to your departure.

Do we snorkel straight from the ship or the beach?

We take all passengers to the beach to begin snorkelling. It’s easy, safe, and a lovely introduction to snorkelling for those who have little experience.
You can walk in to a depth you are comfortable with and explore the corals and fish around you.
Experienced snorkelers can easily range a little further into deeper water if they like.

Is there any drinking water on the boat?

Yes, or if you prefer you can purchase bottled water on board.

Meals/Allergies

We have a great menu for you, however we do need to be informed when booking if you have special dietary requirements. If you have any medical conditions/food allergies please advise at booking. The first meal served is morning tea, so please make sure you have breakfast prior to boarding.

What if I don’t want to go snorkelling?

If you don’t want to snorkel, then you still get the opportunity to go ashore by tender and chill out or explore the beaches- maybe even get your feet wet?
Why not try some “dry snorkelling” using the bathascope from the tender.
Or enjoy the shaded decks with a cup of tea, or a cold drink and watch the activites from the tranquillity of the ship.

Can I drive to the meeting point?

Yes, our meeting time is 7.30am next to Barcelona Tapas Bar at Abell Point Marina South Village. There is plenty of parking, just allow $6 parking fee for the day.

Do we sail to Whitehaven Beach?

Derwent Hunter does not sail south to visit Whitehaven Beach on a standard day trip.
As a traditional sailing vessel that relies on wind power, we have to go where the wind wants us to go, and the wind wants us to sail north!
We have many amazing beaches in the Whitsundays, not just Whitehaven, and the best snorkelling is up in the north too, so that’s where we take you. Come see the north side of the Whitsunday Islands with Derwent Hunter. We can get there comfortably and quickly, and this means you get to spend more time on the beaches and in the water snorkelling! We have special permits to access remote locations and our own private moorings
Whitehaven is in the southeast, and is actually not easy to get to in a big sailing ship like Derwent Hunter. We would have to run the motors a lot, which goes against our eco philosophy, and it would still take us about 3 hours to get there and back. You would spend more time in transit, and not a lot of time on the beach.
If you haven’t seen Whitehaven though, we do recommend it, so we have partnered up with the award-winning Ocean Rafting to offer a 2-day Chill and Thrill package. Get the best of the Whitsundays with the best methods of transport to both places.