Port Douglas continues to cement its reputation as a world-class homeport for super yachts, attracting high net worth visitors seeking out these mega white boats.
Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree (TPDD) executive officer Tara Bennett said the expansion of The Reef Marina in 2015 had opened up enormous opportunity for the region.
“Since the transformation work was completed we have seen four luxury vessels call Port Douglas home and many more visit.”
“Offering the ultimate in exclusivity and luxury, we are now finding high net worth individuals seeking out this product for private charters to the Great Barrier Reef,” she said.
The latest white boat to berth at the marina is M.Y Flying Fish, the 32-metre motorised superyacht owned by Chris Morris, founder of Computershare and tourism magnate who owns Townsville Casino, Orpheus Island, Mt Mulligan Station, Nautilus Aviation and Daintree Eco Lodge
M.Y Flying Fish manager Paul Nelson said it wasn’t too hard to fall in love with her. “She is very opulent with Versace soft furnishing, rosewoods and mahogany timbers throughout.
“There are four luxury staterooms, main saloon, galley, living and entertainment areas over three decks, private chef and all the mod cons to make the experience totally unforgettable.”
Currently offering private charters from day to overnight trips, Mr Nelson said they would also launch two new products in June.
“We will be offering private sunset sailing to the market for groups of 25 or less, as well as private dinners for eight,” he said.
M.Y Flying Fish joins other white boats at The Reef Marina including the 34.7 metre MV Beluga and 27-metre MV Bahama, which are both available for private charter. The fourth vessel Achilles is privately owned.
The Reef Marina co-owner Andrew Hooper-Nguyen said the $3 million super yacht expansion was paying dividends.
“The white boats have a huge multiplier effect on the local economy from tourism to food and beverage, fuel costs, maintenance and repairs, crew accommodation and so on.
“Not only that, they have huge appeal. Tourists love seeing them berthed in the marina, and we know the owners love bringing them to a place like Port Douglas that has the best of everything on offer.”
Mr Hooper-Nguyen said the expansion was not only about these bigger boats. “It has also allowed new and existing commercial operators to launch new products into the market,” he added.