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The Whitsundays 7 Night | 8 Day Superyacht Charter Itinerary

Sail To Your Soul Island

The Whitsundays are popular for impressive snorkelling and diving with abundant marine life, exceptional coral creations and unique landscapes.

The Whitsundays are located on the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef National Park, in Queensland, Australia. Named by Captain Cook, the group of 74 islands were discovered in 1700 on the second Sunday of Easter. Nowadays, only 8 of them are inhabited with resorts and the Whitsundays represent the largest group of offshore islands in Australia.

Although tropical, the islands are remnants of an ancient volcanic mountains and stand proudly out of an azure sea encircled by reef and golden beaches. Nothing moves too fast in the Whitsunday Island. Each relaxing day here is like the perfect Sunday filled with bright skies, blue water and soft breezes. Walk on the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, discover Aboriginal art in Nara Inlet, shop on vibrant Hamilton Island or enjoy the solitude of Butterfly Bay, the Whitsunday Islands will not disappoint.

With an array of activities offered in absolutely unique surroundings, the area offers some of the best cruising experiences. Commercial and private flights directly into the Whitsundays' Hamilton Island allow guests to be immersed in the contrasting white and turquoise colour pallet even before boarding a superyacht.

Climate

The ideal weather in the Whitsundays is achieved by low rainfall and average temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius. May to September represent the peak season for charter guests, with the first month of the Australian “Winter” starting in June. The sea temperature is approximately 23 degrees and the average wind speed is 8 knots. There are approximately 11 hours of sunlight per day.

The wet season in Queensland runs from November to April: when the heavens frequently open releasing warm tropical rain, and the days and nights are warmer. It is also a popular time to cruise the Whitsundays and spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in exceptional surroundings.

Underwater

As the only living thing visible from space, the view from a helicopter is spectacular but nothing compares to the view from below. A kaleidoscope of tropical colours which move and shimmer as the waves gently sway, the fish dart in and out of the coral and the sun refracts through the warm shallow waters. Never has one charter location brought some much colour to your life.

The Whitsundays, and the Great Barrier Reef, is one of the most pristine dive destinations in the world - with spectacular coral formations, hundreds of species of fish, turtles, manta rays and even visiting dolphins and whales (commonly seen swimming past superyachts, especially during migration season in August - September). At several highly pristine sites, divers will descend amongst an abundance of friendly marine life including the magnificent large Hump Headed Maori Wrasse which can be hand fed, or the resident Bat Fish.

A rich cultural heritage

Known as Ngaro country, the Whitsundays reflect aboriginal presence throughout its territories. Archaeological research points to 8000 years of Aboriginal habitation in this area, most recently by the Ngaro people who ranged far and wide through the high country around Proserpine and travelled from island to island in bark canoes.

History

The Whitsunday Islands were originally formed by volcanic action. However after the last glacial period the sea level rose, leaving the higher coastal peaks as islands. In 1770, the Cumberland Islands were discovered by Lieutenant James Cook. Later, the archipelago was divided into smaller groups - the Whitsunday Group, the Lindeman Group, the Anchor Islands and the Sir James Smith Group.

Your sample cruising itinerary map

DAY ONE

Hamilton Island

Guests can fly in to the gorgeous airport located on Hamilton Island, transferred from Brisbane's International Airport (1.5hour flight), Sydney or Melbourne, or directly with a private jet charter. Abell Point Marina is another great boarding location, located within 40 km of Proserpine's landing strip.

Board in Hamilton Island Marina after your Crew welcomes you with the traditional island buggy or air-conditioned vehicle. Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, although it only spans over 5km2. While the guests settle down and take in their relaxing surroundings, a lunch or dinner at the stunning Hamilton Island Yacht Club is a great start to the experience, followed by a short walk around the island. Depending on the party, a stunning private table or massage moment can be arranged at the adult-only Qualia Resort.

The option is also there for you to cruise around to Perseverance Reef or Dent Island (home of one of Australia's most prestigious gold courses): a first swim and snorkel in the heavenly blue ocean, followed by sunset canapes in a sheltered bay.

Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Marina
Early morning or late afternoon hike up Sunset Hill
Hamilton Island's local zoo offers private cuddle session with koalas
Exclusive dining experience at Qualia

Bon Voyage!

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