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WRAY briefer, skipper, and all-round nautical expert, Mike Dicker, blogs about the Whitsundays from his unique on-the-water perspective.

Apart from the sailing, sightseeing, al fresco dining and generally just kicking back, what do you do all day on a bareboat charter in the Whitsundays? We often say your charter holiday can be as active or relaxing as you wish, but if you want to choose from some of the more popular activities these are among our picks:     

1. Paddle boarding / kayaking          

Imagine starting your day with a kayak across the glassy calm anchorage from the mother ship to the beach.

With no noisy outboard motor to frighten the turtles away, this is as close to nature as it gets.

See the fringing reef and marine life from above and take in the spectacular scenery from sea level.

For the cool kids (and adults) Stand Up Paddle boards are a must – as are the photographs for the folks back home to prove your prowess in the picture-perfect Whitsunday surrounds.

Hiring kayaks and boards is easy with Whitsunday Rent A Yacht. 

Just ask us and we’ll have your chosen equipment ready to go on board.

2. Snorkelling

Get up close and personal with our Whitsunday marine life using the complimentary snorkels and fins provided on every Whitsunday Rent A Yacht vessel.

We could (and will) write a whole blog just on the Whitsundays’ snorkelling sites, but suffice to say Butterfly Bay, Langford Island and Blue Pearl Bay are among our favourite spots.

Butterfly Bay on the north coast of Hook Island boasts beautiful fringing coral reefs and great shelter in the prevailing southeasterlies.

Langford Island is one of the best places to spot green and hawksbill turtles and Blue Pearl Bay is famous for its resident bat fish.

If you’re lucky you might even see Elvis, a humphead maori wrasse who often pays our guests a visit in these parts.

3. Diving

Want to take that extra plunge into the underwater world?

Why not hire your own scuba diving equipment or go on an organised dive.

For equipment hire we recommend Aqua Dive at Abell Point Marina (email:, phone: 07 4946 4074).

For organised diving, try Hamilton Island’s ‘Explore’ and combine it with a trip to this famous Whitsunday resort island.

Explore’s full-day snorkelling or diving tours visit pristine, less-frequented areas of the reef and quality equipment is supplied.

4. Fishing

Keen anglers wanting to wet a line have plenty of fishing spots to choose from in the Whitsundays.

At certain times of the year the sport fishing for large pelagics rivals anywhere in Australia.

Try trolling lures between anchorages to land that mackerel or tuna for dinner, or break out the soft plastics around the coral bommies for red throat emperor and coral trout.

Nara Inlet, the northern tip of Haselwood Island and Mackerel Bay are some of our top recommended spots, subject to wind and tides.

Be sure to check the GBRMPA zoning map (found here) before you rig your rod.

We recommend ordering your fishing gear through a local supplier such as Airlie Bait & Tackle (phone: 07 4946 6632).

Fishing gear can be delivered direct to your bareboat.

5. Bushwalks

The Whitsunday islands are blessed with some of the best National Parks bush walks you could possibly find.

See the iconic Hill Inlet on an easy 30-minute round trip from the anchorage at Tongue Bay or enjoy the longer stroll from Chance Bay to the southern end of Whitehaven Beach and back.

The more adventurous trekkers won’t be disappointed by the climb to Whitsunday Peak where panoramic views across the islands await.

Accessible from Sawmill Bay in Cid Harbour, this three-hour return trip is rated difficult and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

If this small snapshot has sharpened your appetite for a Whitsunday bareboat adventure, be sure to follow our regular blogs, or book your next charter holiday now.

Contact us today on 1800 075 000.


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