The Whitsundays continues to lure domestic and international visitors, with 2014 figures indicating an increase from the previous year of 5,000 international and 22,000 domestic tourists. While the region’s resort islands remain strong performers, one holiday experience rapidly climbing the tourism popularity stakes is a Whitsunday sailing holiday.
Kristie Kaighin, owner and operator of Whitsunday Holidays – the Hamilton Island and Whitsunday sailing holiday specialists – understands the appeal, explaining, “Whether you’re a complete beginner or an accomplished sailor, there’s an option that will suit all levels of experience and budget. The Whitsundays has a world class reputation as an ideal sailing location – optimum conditions, ideal weather, and an abundance of beautiful anchorages and beaches to explore.”
Made up of 74 islands surrounded by warm, crystal-clear waters, the Whitsundays has been described as one of the world’s most spectacular playgrounds. Secluded white sandy beaches, sheltered waterways, plentiful marine life, and the majesty of The Great Barrier Reef guarantee the perfect cruising destination for every type of charter.
Whitsunday Holidays has experienced a real upsurge in yacht charter bookings across each of their charter options. From luxury fully crewed yachts – the ultimate in privacy and style overseen by a professional crew, to bareboat charters – a popular option for groups who like to self-cater and skipper their own vessel, Kristie has advised guests on the ideal Whitsunday sailing holiday based on their experience, budget, group size and time frame. “We book such a broad range of guests,” says Kristie, “from families with older kids, groups of friends getting together to share the cost of a crewed charter, or several families combining resources to enjoy the freedom of bareboating. We really hone in on their expectations and requirements to match them with the right yacht.”
One of Whitsunday Holidays’ current best sellers is their ‘by the cabin’ option. Says Kristie, “By the cabin is ideal for those that seek a luxury yacht experience without the price tag or workload. Guests can hire a double cabin for either a two or four night voyage, then relax and enjoy their Whitsundays sailing holiday while the crew does all the work.”
Whitsunday Holidays has a number of luxury sailing yachts and stylish air-conditioned catamarans available ‘by the cabin,’ including Blizzard, On Ice, Whitsunday Blue and Whitsunday Getaway. Each offers a unique, fully-catered, intimate sailing experience and the opportunity to make friends with the handful of fellow passengers on board.
Whitsunday Holidays’ trademark personalised service underpins every booking – from tailoring the right holiday, whether it’s combining a Hamilton Island holiday home break with a Whitsunday sailing experience, or advising on charter itineraries. “We want to share the magic of the Whitsundays with everybody, and a yacht charter is the best way to do it. We link client’s in with the right resources, making their experience very accessible. Vessels can be met at either Hamilton Island Marina or Airlie Beach, and if client’s don’t want to shop for themselves, any supplies they need for bare boating can be delivered direct to their berth through Whitsunday Provisioning.
With a Whitsundays sailing holiday, you really do have the freedom and flexibility to set your own pace and itinerary – it’s no surprise their popularity is on the rise. For your next adventure contact Whitsunday Holidays, the number one choice for Hamilton Island accommodation and Whitsunday sailing charters, luxury yachts, ‘by the cabin’ sailing, and bareboat charters.
Experienced Charter Consultant for Whitsunday Holidays since 2008 – Clare Rushby
Clare has worked in tourism on Hamilton Island for 8 years, after completing a BA in Leisure and Tourism Management. Having lived in the Whitsundays and on Hamilton Island for most of this time, she is passionate and proud of the region – she just loves creating holidays in this beautiful part of the world!
After doing a lot of travelling and sailing around the world, the Whitsundays is still her favourite holiday destination! Clare truly loves helping people plan their holiday either on-land or by yacht. After living on both Hamilton Island and in Airlie Beach for such a long time, Clare knows the area inside out.