Sailing is great fun but when you can combine natural beauty, a tropical climate, a barrier reef, azure waters and a group of islands that are the Whitsundays, the experience becomes quite unique. The Whitsundays Islands are part of the Great Barrier Reef, a Unesco World Heritage site in Northern Queensland, Australia. It has one of the most diverse coral ecosystem making it one of the most beautiful scenery above and below the water.
We rented a boat for a week in Airlie Beach, stocked up the boat with food and set off. You need sailing experience if you want to go on your own with your group, otherwise you can hire a skipper for the trip. Exploring the Whitsundays national park lives you a lot of options such as like mooring in clear blue waters for lunch, snorkelling, swimming, island hopping, soak up the views from Hill Inlet and picnicking on Whitehaven beach, one of the most untouched, beautiful white sand beach in the world. You can also hire kayaks, stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), snorkelling and fishing equipment to board onto your yacht. We sailed around Hayman island, a hotel resort, Hook island, Whitsunday island, Hazelwood island, Lindeman island and Hamilton island.