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Ozsail - Whitsundays Sailing and Great Barrier Reef

 

Backpacker and Student Tours

Our sailing vessels conduct awesome holidays around the Whitsunday Islands and fringing Great Barrier Reef. Sail, snorkel, explore or simply relax in the Stunning Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. You will get a fun 2 Day 2 Night adventure on our professionally crewed ex racing vessels. Explore one of the natural wonders by snorkeling the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and fringing coral of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the beauty of Whitehaven Beach with a short walk up to the lookout at Hill Inlet and plenty of time on the beach. Your Whitsundays sailing holiday will be remembered for a life time! with stunning islands great meals and a fun crew you wont be disappointed!

Avatar Whitsundays

2 Days 2 Nights - This Awesome boat is the best Backpacker and Student tour in the Whitsundays .Huge netts for sunbaking, Whitehaven Beach, Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef …..

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Spank Me Whitsundays

2 Days 2 Nights You wont find Nana on this Bad Boy! 82 ft of pure racing Maxi, Adventure Sailing for Backpacker and Students including Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef …

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Mandrake Whitsundays

2 Days 2 Nights Adventure Sailing of the Whitsunday Islands Whitehaven Beach and Great Barrier Reef. Mandrake is a perfect for Backpackers and Students that prefer small groups…

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Come and experience a Whitsundays sailing island adventure with OzSail. Sail across the Whitsundays and Coral Sea on one of our racing yachts to stunning destinations around the Whitsundays, where you will walk on deserted beaches, snorkel on abundant reefs and sail into the extreme. Be involved or just be out there.

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach

WHITSUNDAY SAILING:
A Typical Day Sailing with us (backpacker perspective) aboard Spank Me from check-in to after-party:

Our morning started with an 8.30am check in at the OzSail main office in Airlie Beach, with the sun shining and a friendly smile from OzSail staff in the office. We were given a short briefing about the expectations of the day and, most importantly, when the tides were suitable for the boat to depart.
Once the paperwork was in order, we took a stroll through town, picked up some lunch and make our way over to Abell Point Marina for our departure point at 12.30pm. I would recommend during this time that you grab a few snacks and your alcohol for the trip in Airlie Beach before taking the 20-minute walk along the boardwalk to the meeting point. Most guests brought sacks of wine (i.e. goon) however my friend and I decided to share a case of beer (cans only!). There are also some beautiful restaurants and cafes at the meeting point to grab a bite before you depart.
We were greeted by our skipper and Mrs Snorkel under the umbrellas (between Bohemian Raw and Barcelona tapas bar cafe) who then collected our medical disclosures and distributed wetsuits. Once this was complete, we took a short stroll down the jetty to board our vessel.

We approached the 82-foot racing yacht in awe and our crew were ready to greet us warmly. Our skipper, Brian, welcomed us all individually as we climbed the ladder onto the deck. Our hostess, Laura, helped with the bags, and our deckhand, Cal, showed us all to a seat around the cockpit. The large, white deck was clearly designed for a fast, racing adventure, and we would soon find out what most of the gadgets were used for. Our group of 26 took our seats as Brian navigated us out of the marina and into Pioneer Bay to begin our adventure.
Once our excitement settle, the crew gave us a detailed rundown of the trip to come. Firstly, and most importantly, we were given a safety briefing. Following this, we were shown to our sleeping quarters. Most of the bunks are fitted for a double so don’t be afraid to get cosy with your travel companion! The hull is open-plan with plenty of space for us all to move around the vessel. The two bathrooms were located on either side and we were given very detailed instructions on their fragile operation. We all followed the instructions over the next 2 days and thankfully there were no major clogging issues.

Now the fun stuff really started. We were hoisting the sails! This procedure required 8 volunteers and took quite a lot of manpower. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the operation and once the sails were up, we took our places on the high side to enjoy the ride. Wind conditions were moderate so we sailed at an easy pace, taking a few hours to sail passed the Molle group of islands and settle in our first snorkel location off Hook Island. The skipper informed us that each trip is unique and snorkel locations were altered to suit the tides and weather conditions. There are hundreds of small reefs around the Whitsunday Islands, all with their own individual beauty and style.
The temperature was perfect, for a winter’s afternoon, and once we were in our wetsuits and had been given our snorkel briefing, we were dropped in the water to experience the #GreatBarrierReef.
Cal kept a close eye on us as we swam amongst the vast variety of fish and coral. Some of us were lucky enough to spot a turtle. The crew were clearly very passionate about keeping the reef protected and we were instructed to take extra precaution when snorkelling. Fins can be a hazard to the reef and were therefore not provided, so if you aren’t a strong swimmer, make sure you inform the crew.
When we climbed back aboard, we spent hours discussing the things we saw and the other amazing creatures we were likely to spot during the trip. It was the beginning of whale season (Jun-Sept), and although we didn’t spot any, it was exciting to keep watch. We were allocated 1 minute showers, as fresh water is a hot commodity on a yacht, and quickly dried off and dug into some crackers and dip, as we motored to our quiet anchorage spot for the night. Before we knew it, dinner was ready and everyone was getting to know each other over a few drinks. Laura put together a delicious roast chicken dinner with plenty of satisfying sides. We even had the pleasure of watching the ocean come to life as we threw our scraps over the side and fed the many excited fish, and the occasional reef shark!
It was made clear to us that, while the crew would like us to have a good time and have a few drinks, this was not a “party boat” and we should be considerate of other when staying up late on deck. The next day was going to be full of fun activities and the guests agreed that a good nights’ sleep was the best plan. We heading to bed after a few a few laughs and settled in for a comfortable night’s rest.

We were called to breakfast at 6am in preparation for an early arrival at Whitehaven Beach. As it’s a well-known and popular icon, our skipper endeavoured to get us on the sand before any other visitors. After we finished our coffee and polished off the fresh fruit salad, toast and cereal, we packed a small bag to take with us for our morning on the beach. We were given an interesting spiel about the history of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, before being taken over in the tender in Tongue Bay to begin the walking track over to the beach. Tongue Bay, positioned behind Hill Inlet, is a gorgeous spot filled with many green turtles and the occasional dugong.
The short track comes to an intersection with one path leading to the lookout over the bay and the other leading to the beach. We chose to check out the lookout first and we were blown away by the site at the top of the 500m track. Spectacular views, infinitely more stunning than the pictures. At low tide, Hill Inlet displays unique swirls of bright blue ocean through the shallow sands. From this view, you can see stingrays and reef sharks playing in the water.
After many, many photographs, trying to capture the scenery, we took the track back down to the beach and spent a glorious 3 hours sunbaking on the sand, dipping our toes in the ocean, and chasing after the sea creatures. We boarded the boat and before we knew it, we were underway and heading for a new snorkel location. A refreshing lunch of wraps and pasta salad was served on our way across the islands and we had time to relax and enjoy the sunshine before pulling on our wetsuits once again
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The sea life and the range of coral seemed to become more spectacular with every moment. It was no surprise why the Great Barrier Reef is labelled one of the natural wonders of the world. We met a few resident Maori Wrasse’s and visited the home of Nemo and his family, among many other highlights. We were all truly wiped out after our long, adventurous day.
We settled into our last spot to anchor for the night and were graced with yet another unforgettable sunset. After an excessive amount of delicious spaghetti bolognaise we all sat around the cockpit for some get-to-know-you games that certainly brought us closer together. While many of us were exhausted, we were sad to know that this was our last night with our new friends on the boat and we spent the rest of the night playing cards and having even more laughs.
The next morning, we were able to take our time having breakfast and finding a spot to relax on deck, as we would be heading straight back to the mainland. It was the perfect morning for a sail so we all helped out to raise the sails and squeezed in one last salty, sailing adventure on the journey home. It was a sad moment to have to pack up our beds and bags and depart the vessel. Before we sailed back into the marina, the crew took a photo of us all with our new friends on the bow and wished us well for our next adventures.
While we walked up the jetty we promised we’d all meet at the after party at Beaches later that night. After a hot shower and a nap, we were ready for one last night of Spank Me frivolities. Beaches provided us with a great discount on amazing meals, and to our surprise, a few jugs of free beer. It was the perfect end to an unforgettable adventure in the #Whitsundays.

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Courtesy: Mia Bates
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Fun
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1. Time experienced on an OzSail Sailing Trip around the Whitsundays.
Person 1: "Oh my god I can't believe how much fun I'm having"
Person 2: "I think that's because we're sailing through the Whitsundays"
Person 1: "Great point"

Synonyms: Avatar - OzSail, Spank Me, Mandrake Whitsunday
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