Queensland’s Coral Coast lies in the protected lee of the Great Barrier Reef and ranks as one of the greatest cruising grounds in the World. Thousands of adventurers have chartered in the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and Whitsunday Rent A Yacht is now making it possible for charterers to venture further afield. Explore even more of the fantastic Coral Coast and visit the outer Great Barrier Reef, sailing your vessel in company with other chartered bareboats and with the confidence of knowing that you are guided by an experienced Master Mariner aboard a lead vessel.
Whether you are new to chartering or an old hand
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht Coral Coast & Great Barrier Reef Flotillas offer the next level of sailing experience. Seldom visited spectacular North Coast anchorages, remote coastal resorts and snorkelling on the outer Great Barrier Reef are just part of the adventure.
Flotilla cruising is ideal for couples, families or friends chartering as a group
Pre departure route planning, daily navigation and activity updates, on call support from the lead vessel and open channel radio communications contribute to greater safety and create opportunities for the kind of camaraderie experienced by likeminded people exploring new boundaries together.
Experience Requirements & Guided Option
Each vessel requires one person onboard that has at least ten days or 200 nautical miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht or an RYA Day Skipper. If you are not yet an experienced or confident skipper and would rather someone take the helm for you then you can hire a qualified sail guide for the duration of your flotilla holiday.
Cabins Available Aboard the Lead Vessel
For those who want to journey aboard the lead vessel, with nothing to think about except enjoying the experience, a limited number of berths exist for singles or couples.
Whitsundays & Gloucester Passage via Hook Reef – Sample Itinerary*
DAY 1 Shute Harbour (provisioning, welcome BBQ, briefing and sleep aboard in Shute Harbour)
DAY 2 Hook Island Northern Bays (swim, snorkel & relax, B.L.D. aboard)
DAY 3 Hook Reef (snorkel the outer Great Barrier Reef, B.L.D. aboard)
DAY 4 Cape Gloucester via Gloucester Passage (explore, swim or relax, B & L aboard, Dinner ashore)
DAY 5 Cape Gloucester & Gloucester Island (a full day to explore, swim or relax, B, L & D aboard or ashore)
Day 6 Double Bay (explore, swim or relax, B.L.D. aboard)
Day 7 Shute Harbour (B & L aboard. Debrief at Whitsunday Rent A Yacht Base)
*B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner
2019 Flotilla Dates
Saturday 2 March to Friday 8 March
Sunday 10 March to Saturday 16 March
Friday 29 March to Thursday 4 April
Sunday 7 April to Saturday 13 April
Additional flotilla dates and destinations to be announced in 2019
Provision yourself on day one prior to boarding your vessel in the afternoon or select from what’s on offer online through Whitsunday Provisioning or Slice of Nature Food. All meals are included for Guests booked aboard the lead vessel.
Fully equipped cruising yacht for the duration of your holiday
Lead crew: Skipper & Flotilla Host
Diesel & outboard fuel
Dinghy and outboard
All sailing, navigation and safety equipment onboard
Fully equipped galley/kitchen
Welcome BBQ at our Shute Harbour Base
Your dinner ashore on day four
What's not Included
Provisioning for your Flotilla Bareboat Cruise
Optional meals and beverages ashore
There are limited vessels available for each Flotilla departure so reserve your Bareboat now. Be amongst the first bareboat charterers to venture out to the Great Barrier Reef and explore spectacular and rarely visited bays and islands. So many people dream of ‘Cruising’ the Coral Coast and visiting the outer Great Barrier Reef. This is your chance to live that dream.
Call: 1800 075 000
*All coastal flotilla routes and programs are subject to prevailing weather conditions which may change daily. Flotilla participants must understand and accept that plans may have to change in the cause of comfort and safety. No individual destination is guaranteed. We recommend that you to take out travel insurance. Please refer to Whitsunday Rent A Yacht booking Terms & Conditions.
Paddle The Great Barrier Reef