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Coral Coast & Great Barrier Reef Flotillas

Sail the Great Barrier Reef

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.


Flotilla Highlights

  • Snorkel on the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore rarely visited anchorages
  • On call support & guidance from the lead vessel
  • Navigation skills development
  • Welcome drinks and BBQ at the Whitsunday Rent A Yacht Base
  • Restaurant dining ashore at coastal beach resorts
  • Social sundowners on spectacular & remote beaches
  • Freedom from crowded anchorages
  • Unforgettable memories and tales of adventure to tell again and again


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.


What's Included

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

Fresh linen

Snorkelling equipment

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


Vessel Options

Beneteau 41 - Sailing Monohull

Beneteau 43 - Sailing Monohull 

Leopard 384 - Sailing Catamaran 

Jeanneau 44 - Sailing Monohull (Lead Vessel)

Leopard 444 - Sailing Catamaran

Leopard 454 - Sailing Catamaran 



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.

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