Testimonials - Whitsunday Escape™
Skipper yourself bareboat charter company


A few words from some of our happy Sailors!

The Ackinclose Family

This was the holiday of a lifetime. When we returned, we immediately got off the boat and walked straight into the office to book again for the following year.

We had an absolute blast. And really the boat was the centre piece of that. It was everything we could have asked for; spacious, luxurious, comfortable, plenty of water storage and fridge/freezer space, room to spread out, great cooking facilities, plenty of lounging areas and a hot shower and comfy bed at the end of every day.

Perhaps most importantly it allowed us to ‘choose our own adventure’! This holiday had it all…. turquoise waters, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, isolated beaches, white sand, incredible walks, beach combing, whales, dolphins, turtles, tropical fish, and some high sea adventures! It’s one thing to visit the Whitsundays, it’s another altogether to holiday ON the Whitsundays. Being on the water 24/7 is an experience unlike any other… it was pure joy!

We loved being on our own (the perfect covid safe holiday really!), enjoying each others company and everyday being an adventure. Not to mention relaxing and unwinding with the most amazing scenery and sunsets. This is a holiday you and your children will remember forever!

QLD; who chartered our Leopard 43.3 GENSET for the first time

Billy & Friends

Thank you again to the Whitsunday Escape Crew for another amazing experience in the magnificent Whitsundays. We had a wonderful 10 days onboard the Seawind 1260 Volare, which kicked off with a great brief by Amee who was very thorough and very knowledgeable about operating Volare safely.

Throughout the charter the support from the ops team is first rate. Whether you want to know where the best place to overnight for the conditions, or if you need some advice about the boat, they will always go the extra mile to ensure you have the best holiday possible. Shoutout to Jordans mobile outboard repairs that paid us a quick visit in Stonehaven to help sort us out.

The absolute highlight for this trip was the time we had all of Whitehaven Beach entirely to ourselves for a few hours on a sunny afternoon. A magical moment that is unlikely to be repeated.

We’re already booked in for our next charter with Whitsunday Escape over Christmas and can’t wait to get back up there.

NSW; who chartered our Seawind 1260 for the first time

The Patel Family

We were first time ‘bare boaters’ and a little nervous about going out to sea in a million-dollar catamaran but Whitsunday Escape couldn’t have been more helpful providing boating information and ensuring we had the prerequisite knowledge.

Big thanks to Lachy for his ‘pep talk’ to my crew before we set off.

Best family holiday ever and we loved every minute.

VIC; who chartered our Leopard 43 for the first time

The Zeets Family

Dear Team Whitsunday Escape,

A huge thank you again from our family for a magical 7 days on board Serenity!

Your team and vessels never disappoint, we have not done the bareboat holiday for 10yrs whilst our children were very young, we were nervous but our oldest now being 10 and youngest 3 – Serenity was just the perfect boat, it felt extremely well maintained and was faultless the entire 7 days onboard, Amee was 1st class in her briefings and debrief, we never for a second had to revert back to a manual.

Your staff in the office make it a pleasure to visit and the sheds were very well conducted!

Please pass on our thanks to your entire team, Amee and the owner of Serenity!

Again, a faultless experience very much enjoyed by our family

Wishing you all a happy 2022


QLD; who chartered our Voyager 1040 for the first time

The Hamer Family

We chartered Leizar {Jeanneau 43) for 7 nights and had the most amazing time.

All the staff at Whitsunday Escape (especially Beth, Jordan, Lachie, Ashley and Robyn) who were all so knowledgeable, accomodating, friendly, efficient and professional.
They were all such a pleasure to deal with.  Leizar was an amazing boat and was perfect for our family of 5.

I would highly recommend Whitsunday Escape (this was our 5th Charter with them) to anyone who is wanting to do a Bareboat Charter in the Whitsundays.

Thanks again to everyone, we will definitely be back.

NSW; who chartered our Jeanneau 43 for the first time

The Farrell’s

Hey guys

This trip consisted of our immediate family so their were 6 of us including our 4 year old granddaughter.
The boat was luxurious, spacious and most importantly comfortable {Leopard 43 Power Catamaran}.

I can honestly say it was the best family trip we have ever done and we had amazing quality time together exploring the Whitsunday Islands.

We will definitely be back very soon. The staff at Whitsunday Escape were wonderful and so helpful always.

Thanks guys

QLD; who chartered our Leopard 43 for the first time

The Bougheys

Thank you so much to the Whitsundays Escape team for a wonderful holiday! We have made so many life long memories.

From our first day to our last aboard Chameleon we felt like we were in paradise!

Highlights of spending sunset @Whitehaven  Beach and hiking up to Hill inlet the next day to snorkeling the beautiful Blue Pearl bay and spotting all sorts of wildlife even unexpected like a goat on Hook Island !

This trip was for my 60th birthday and celebrations were shared with my youngest daughter who also got engaged on the trip! So the six of us will remember this forever

We will all return one day and Whitsunday Escape will be our first port of call!

Thanks again

QLD; who chartered our Leopard 47 for the first time

The Prescott Family

After our fifth charter with Whitsunday Escape, I just wanted to say what an amazing company they are!

We have recently returned from a week on the beautiful Bella Breeza {Beneteau 41.1 Sailing Yacht} and had yet another amazing week of adventure and fun, all thanks to the faultless team at Whitsunday Escape.

Every single boat we have chartered has been immaculate and in full working order every single time.
Sailing monohulls and catamarans were all flawless.

The staff are always friendly and helpful. Ashley has always been such a lovely happy welcome to the Whitsundays and I look forward to hearing her voice and seeing her every trip.
Lochie on our most recent charter was thorough with our briefing and super helpful with those special anchorages we had not visited.

Thankyou to all of you and I look forward to our sixth charter in 6 months time. The Prescott’s

QLD; who chartered our Beneteau 41.1 for the first time

Karen and Family

60th Birthday Celebration!

Thankyou Whitsunday Escapes for the hire of Leopard 43 Omega we had a fantastic time exploring the Whitsunday’s and will definitely be doing it again.

We visited several perfect locations swam with manta ray, turtles, fish and coral, saw some whales breaching and explored some walks.

I told my boss how great it was and he booked for next year.

Will see you again soon.

Regards, Karen

The Morrison Family

Thanks Whitsunday Escape team for providing our family with such an amazing family holiday.

The entire process from our booking through to the detailed briefing with Tim and the daily scheds’ was seamless and professional.

Our boat ‘Volare’ was immaculately maintained and a pleasure to sail.

Even a minor issue with the motor on our tender was quickly and efficiently managed out on the water by the Whitsunday Escape team.

We would also recommend Whitsunday Provisioning to anyone planning a similar trip as the food was plentiful and of great quality.

We look forward to our next trip and have already booked dates for next year on ‘Volare’.

Regards, the Morrison family

SA; who chartered our Seawind 1260 for the first time

Willem & Friends

We had a wonderful 10 days on board Great Escape {Lagoon 450 Flybridge} as a family of 8 adults and two infants in June 2021.
The boat was immaculate, obviously very well loved by Julie.

We hiked the Whitsunday peak, caught mackerel, had deserted coves to ourselves, snorkelled in amazing reefs, swam with turtles, wondered and wandered among at the million crabs on Hill inlet at low tide, sunbathed on the magnificent (even for us WA sandgropers) Whitehaven beach, paddle boarded over the local 9 foot groper at Whitehaven, and enjoyed many nights of feasting in serene anchorages.  Enclosed are a few snaps of our time.

Thankyou to WE for making this possible.  A great support team.  See you again soon.

WA; who chartered our Lagoon 450 for the first time

Ralph & Family


We’d like to thank the team at Whitsundays Escape for there professionalism and attention to detail.

The 10 charter on Lady L was a wonderful experience. She was a great boat and we highly recommend her to anyone thinking of taking a trip around the Whitsundays.

We will definitely be back and take advantage of one of Whitsundays Escape large fleet.

Thanks from Ralph and my first mate Kerry

VIC; who chartered our Seawind 1250 for the first time

Leigh & Friends

Whitsunday Escape, Whitsunday Escape, This is Neptune!

With a year of uncertainty, several lockdowns and travel restrictions – being able to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays Islands was an AMAZING way to spend my 30th birthday celebration with close friends. It was the perfect way to leave behind the troubles of a crazy year we have experienced in the world.

Whilst there was many uncertainties around travel plans especially with a group of friends located in several states around the country, the Whitsunday Escape team went out of there way to ensure we were well informed and up to date with the latest information. A shout out to Jordan (our boat instructor) who has a wealth of knowledge of the boat fleet and made the briefing enjoyable and fun. Our boat, Neptune was fairly new, well equipped to accommodate 9 of us for the week and very easy to operate.

We enjoyed the freedom of traveling around the islands at our own pace and spent time snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking as well as just soaking up the North Queensland Rays on Whitehaven beach.

We would definitely recommend Whitsunday Escape and would definitely return for another wonderful Holiday.

Over and Out from the Neptune Cluster!

QLD; who chartered our Leopard 43 for the first time

Cathy & Friends

I sailed with a group of friends, eight in total in February 2021. We chose Whitsunday Escape because we had already chartered from them four years ago and had a great experience.

This time was even better. We had a beautiful boat, Great Escape (Lagoon 450). She is absolutely luxurious and meticulously maintained. Everything worked perfectly. She’s so big, eight people did not feel crowded at all. Dining and lounge seating inside, dining and lounge seating out the back, lounge seating, daybed and trampolines out the front and seating for six in the flybridge.

She is kitted out with absolutely everything you could need: oven, stove, microwave and BBQ with plenty of fridge and freezer space. The cabins were the best part: four queen beds with air-conditioning and their own ensuites – pure luxury not having to share a bathroom on a boat.

We spent eight nights on Great Escape and we were all sorry to leave her.

The weather was mostly fine, just a few showers. We stayed and snorkeled in a different spot every day as well as going to Whitehaven Beach to sit on the sand. The guide books on the boat were excellent in helping to find sheltered anchorages according to the conditions, as well as the best snorkeling. (We learned on our last trip, you don’t ignore the guide book if it tells you an anchorage is not suitable for overnight stops – lol).

Some of our highlights were seeing turtles, white-tipped sharks, squid, tuna, a cuttlefish that hung around our boat one night to eat the baitfish that were attracted by our lights. We got to handfeed batfish from the back of the boat in one anchorage!

And we spent one day on Hamilton Island for cocktails, dinner and a spot of shopping. It’s pretty special coming into Hamilton Island on your own boat!

The staff at Whitsunday Escape are so professional and hiring from them is so uncomplicated. The marina is also a one-stop-shop for all the diving and snorkelling gear and we also hired paddle boards which was fantastic for one lady in our group who was not confident swimming in the ocean – she just paddled alongside us as we snorkeled.

Thanks so much Whitsunday Escape! We’ll definitely be back again!

QLD; who chartered our Lagoon 450 for the first time
Carroll Wedding Voyager 1040

Geoff & Jane

Our experience with Whitsunday Escape has been absolutely faultless in every way.

We decided to get married on board the boat, and then take off on our honeymoon for 7 days. The boat we hired (Voyager 1040) was the perfect setting for our wedding, pure luxury and decadence, whilst Coral Sea Marina provided  a stunningly picturesque backdrop.

Cruising away afterwards on our own private escape was like a dream come true. The boat was easy to handle and never let us down, and the staff back at base were always encouraging, laid back, and full of excellent advice. The liberty of being able to moor or anchor wherever we wanted for each overnight stop allowed us to wake up to a different view and experience every single day in the beautiful Whitsundays.

To say it was amazing is an understatement. Thank you so much Whitsunday Escape, we will be back!

NSW; who chartered our Voyager 1040 for the first time
Aerial Lagoon 40 small

Troy, Annie & Crew

We would like to thank you all for the awesome holiday onboard the beautiful Nautitech Open 40, A Little Bit Nauti.

We had 5 perfect days exploring the Whitsundays Islands with our group of 6; most were from Taiwan and it’s not the usual holiday any of us had been on before so was extra special!
I’ve been sailing all my life but never on a luxury catamaran. To say I loved it would still be an understatement!

All of us fell in love with the catamaran and the Whitsundays – simply perfect. We will be back again next year for a longer trip, 5 days wasn’t enough haha

Thank you Whitsunday Escape for all the help, and to Jordan for showing us how to operate the cat. He was very helpful and certainly knows his boats.
He made the briefing enjoyable and fun – what a top guy! Jordan was very easy going, a fun guy to get your trip started.

We can’t wait to come back next year,  I think we might take the 421 Lagoon next time as lagoons are my favourite cats.
Thank you Whitsunday Escape team, we loved it and will be back.

QLD: who chartered our Nautitech Open 40 for the first time
Aerial Leopard 43.3 3

Guy & Friends

The best holiday experience to date – We chartered the Leopard 43.3 “Chill Out” for 7 nights.
The boat was awesome, had everything you needed and very easy to navigate.

The most amazing beaches/islands to explore. The active marine life, snorkelling the crystal clear waters and the relaxation of being on the water was like no other holiday we had been on.
No photo or video could do it justice.

I think there was a great balance of freedom to move around and explore where you wished; with the confidence of great support from the mainland via VHF if required.

Big thanks to everyone at Whitsunday Escapes, all the ladies we dealt with in the office were friendly and very prompt.
The guys who assisted us on the water – Wes, Tim and Jordan had great knowledge and are truly passionate about what they do.

We all agreed that without a doubt we will be back again and on the same boat –  “Chill Out”. Talk soon – Guy, Sarah, Alex, Michelle.

QLD: who chartered our Leopard 43.3 for the first time
Whitehaven beach

The Tosh Family

We were very fortunate to have a second bareboating holiday with Whitsunday Escape in one year – this time on board the beautiful Aquila 44. We had a wonderful time and loved this boat with all its comfort, spaciousness and storage.

Armed with a bit more knowledge and experience than the first time, we loved this holiday even more. The sense of achievement you get once you are anchored or moored for the day, the freedom you feel when exploring the beautiful beaches and bush walks, the great snorkelling and the relaxing family bonding time at night are some of the highlights of the experience for us. The Whitsundays are truly a piece of paradise.

Whitsunday Escape staff were great during the booking process, at the briefing, answering our questions during our trip, and helping us refuel, etc on our arrival back at the marina. We can’t wait to do it all again and wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thank you Whitsunday Escape for your friendly and professional service!

SA: who chartered our Aquila 44 for the first time
Cawley Review

The Cawley Family

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a life changing experience!

Cruising yourself around the Whitsundays on an amazing vessel is the ultimate holiday!

The team at head office were so professional and a pleasure to deal with.

Best experience for young children! What we saw blew our minds the only problem was we didn’t want to give our boat back.

Thanks guys we will see you again soon!!!

QLD; who chartered our Leopard 40 Classic for the first time
Tara Review

Kerri & Family

Incredible weekend spent sailing the Whitsundays on Tara (the Lagoon 440).

We had it all; the most incredible sunsets, endless fishing, whale watching, kayaking, snorkeling in Mantaray Bay, and hours of entertainment by a pod of dolphins.

A truly unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!

QLD; who chartered our Lagoon 440 for the first time
Whitsunday Escape Leopard 43 Power

Nate & Friends

Just spent the past 7 days on Aurora/Leopard 43! From the start to the end this company was amazing to deal with!

Check-in and briefing was detailed and understanding! The boat was AMAZING!

There was 8 of us and it was so comfortable! Had everything you needed and more! So much fridge space and storage!

Highly recommend this company for your bareboat needs!! You won’t be disappointed!! I will be back!! Thank you!

QLD: who chartered our Leopard 43 for the first time
Family Holiday Whitehaven Charter Whtisunday Escape™

The Tosh Family

My husband and I and our 7 year old, 10 year old and two 19-year old’s spent 7 days aboard the Summerland 40 “Tiger Lily”.

We were anxious how we’d go as we were both complete novices but with the patient and very detailed briefing by Steve we were left confident that we could do it.

We visited Nara Inlet, Langford Island, Stonehaven, Butterfly Bay, Hamilton Island, Tongue Inlet, Chalkies Beach and Palm Bay (Long Island) and we loved every minute of our adventure.

We had a daily challenge of carefully planning our trip based on the weather forecast, watching for potential hazards on the way, then mooring or anchoring, but once we were done, we could enjoy an afternoon of pure bliss snorkelling and swimming in the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays, watching the sunset and enjoying full moon on two of the nights.

This was by far the best and most memorable holiday we have ever had and we are looking forward to doing it again next year. Thank you Whitsunday Escape for your professional and friendly manner of running your business and communicating with us, you have been wonderful!


SA: who chartered our Summerland 40 for the first time
Group Family Tickety Boo Catamaran Charter Whitsunday Escape™

Rinus & Friends

What a great Holiday on board of the Lagoon 40 from Whitsunday Escape.

After very useful instructions from the Staff, we set sail with our friends (4 couples) for a great trip around the Islands.

All went very smooth thanks to the backup and care from Whitsunday Escape.

Would definitely recommend Whitsunday Escape and I am confident we will return for another wonderful Holiday.

QLD: who chartererd our Lagoon 40 for the first time
Seawind Sailing Cat Whitsunday Escape™

Joe & Friends

Just finished a truly wonderful 7 day (not enough time) Bareboat Charter trip around the Whitsundays with Whitsunday Escape with 21 people to celebrate a 60th birthday on 3 Sailing Catamarans, Tara (Lagoon 440), A Little Bit Nauti (Open 40) and Happy Cat (Seawind 1160).

Whitsunday Escape are now my new benchmark in customer service. What remarkable people that work there.

Seldom do you come across a company where everybody goes so far above and beyond in making the experience such a memorable one.

Don’t even think about speaking with anyone else in planning a Bareboat Charter in Whitsundays.

NSW: who chartered 3 sailing catamarans for the first time

Ian, Jenny & Friends

Hi Team

Finally got around to writing a review from our trip last month. Trust this is suitable. Photo attached.

Our week on Tickety Boo was our third charter in four years with Whitsunday Escape. This new Lagoon 40 was a delight to sail and the sights of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands never disappoint. The friendly staff are always a pleasure to deal with and help to make our holiday a memorable one.

Thanks again for a great week.

– Ian, Jenny and Friends


VIC: who chartered our Lagoon 40 for the first time

Ed & Friends

Hi team,

Just a quick note to say thank you for an amazing experience aboard Tickety Boo, the Lagoon 40.

Communication and information was first class and we will be sure to book again through Whitsunday Escape.


Ed & Friends

VIC: who chartered our Lagoon 40 for the first time

Johnny & Family

Just wanted to say that Whitsunday Escape exceeded my expectations.  The briefing went well, the boat was as described, and well equipped, and our week went extremely well.

We would not hesitate to use Whitsunday Escape again, should we return to the Whitsunday’s.

Thank you,

Johnny & Family

USA: who chartered our Leopard 40.1 for the first time
Leopard 43 Power Catamaran flybridge and foredeck door

Chris & Family

We had a great time on the Leopard 43 power cat and had great weather for our holiday! The family loved spending time on the beaches and relaxing on the boat. The daybed is an added luxury!

Chalkies beach was our number one spot and we even got to see dolphins at Whitehaven Beach.

Whitsunday Escape is the best charter company we’ve used and we’ve used many! We will definitely hire a boat with Whitsunday Escape again!

VIC - who chartered our: Leopard 43 Power for the first time

The Crosbie Family

Wow – I’m trying to find the right words to describe our holiday in the Whitsundays on board the sailing catamaran Tara.

Our family of 6 have never experienced a holiday like this and a week on, we are still trying to settle back into our normal city life.

Our floating hotel, Tara, was well equipped with everything we may need for the week. The cabins were much roomier than we expected, the beds comfortable and even with 4 wild kids on board she never felt cramped.

The best part of our holiday was that us adults actually got to relax – we didn’t have to find activities to keep the kids busy! They explored the bays and beaches in the dinghy, spent hours jumping off the boat into the water and enjoyed playing games and generally being kids. There was so much room that the kids could be doing what they wanted at the front of the boat while we relaxed with a glass of champagne and nibbles in the cockpit.

From the moment we enquired all the way through to checking out, the Whitsunday Escape staff were friendly, helpful and able to answer every one of my questions (and trust me, there were lots of questions!)

The memories will live with us for a lifetime and we can’t wait to start planning another trip to the Whitsundays. Don’t worry Whitsunday Escape, you haven’t seen the last of the Crosbie family.

QLD; who chartered our Lagoon 440 for the first time

Emma & Friends

We had a fantastic week cruising the Whitsunday Islands on a Leopard 43 Power Catamaran.

The boat was amazing and the location just perfect.

The Staff at Whitsunday Escape could not be faulted from our initial reservation until the post cruise debrief.
Jordan in particular was fantastic and really added to our holiday.

NSW - who chartered our: Leopard 43 Power for the 1st time
Whitsunday Escape Lagoon 450 Sailing Catamaran blue lights

Sue & family

Hi Julie and co.,

Back to earth in cold Melbourne for us.

I am so pleased we made the break to spend 7 days sailing – multiple reasons. All ‘win-win’! The immersion into totally different environment with one flight – tropical warm. Sunshine. Tick; very ready for it in our dull winter.

Plonked into something unfamiliar – and ‘handheld’ by skipper (and ground staff). Having a skipper made such a difference – able to optimize where we went, what to do and see. And such a lively bloke – like throwing a grenade into a trio of disengaged young ones. Good to think on our feet- to ‘be in the moment’ with a bold bloke. He helped give us a refreshing look at daily life; ‘choice A or B’, etc. Simplified things very much for us. A plethora of choices and options.

I was delighted about all the ‘black spots’ for TV and phone reception. That is an absolute bonus for a parent from the city. Let’s call it ‘enforced interaction’. Guess what – we had to interact in the ‘confine’ of a day on a boat! And we had plenty of space; luxurious and comfortable beyond what we expected. But we had to work as team/interact  for procedures, food, choice of activities,etc. (I tell you, much more effective than ponsy sessions with psychologists etc. to solve communication issues and disconnection that city folk often experience/develop. Being ‘singular’ is not possible.)

And joy. Pure joy – at the glow of sun waking in a new environment each day, distant hills (maybe), distant seas. So very calming. Nature at its best (and let’s hope it stays pristine as can be). The night stars. The balmy nights. Very invigorating.

Definitely hoping to be back some time. And will recommend ‘time out ’ like we experienced, as well worth any money. Even compared to overseas travel; no thoughts for foreign currency, passports, extensive airport time,etc.

I am sure I have forgotten some important things that resonated with me/us, but that is a ‘core’ of the pleasure we experienced and embraced. It was much more than I ever expected. Special thanks to Julie, and also ‘Rasputin’ (effervescent Luis)


Melbourne - who chartered our: Lagoon 450 for the 1st time
Easter Holiday in the Whitsundays

Matt & Family

I cannot say enough positive things about Whitsunday Escape. I took my family (wife and 2 kids – 6 and 4 years old) on a 7 night adventure that created memories that will last a life time.

We traveled from New York to visit the Whitsundays and all while choosing the correct boat (Tiger Lilly – 40ft power cat), the staff at WE were extremely knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs. Everything was arranged and now all we had to do was get there. We traveled for 32 hours but finally made it and the welcome was overwhelming. They understood we were tired, the boat was moored close by in the Marina, the boat was in A1 condition and everything was perfect, even the weather was perfect. The next day at 7.30am our provisions arrived, all to the exact match of what we had ordered.

Our trainer or expert, also known as Shano, came on board at 8am to give us our overview – he was patient, understanding of the kids and filled us with confidence that we could drive the boat, navigate the islands and have an amazing experience. Each day was filled with new adventures that you just don’t see by going to any resort on earth and believe me, we have been to a fair few around the world.

At the end, all was perfect, we had a great time, experienced the boating life and will never look back. We can’t wait to go again. So much so that we are recommending this to all our friends, some of which have already booked their 2018 trip – which i am sure will be perfect. Keep up the great work Whitsunday Escape.

USA - who chartered our: Summerland 40 for the 1st time
Cricket on the beach Whitsunday style only by bareboat

Nathan & Friends

Hi Whitsunday Escape, we just returned from our trip on Katana and loved it.

These photos probably best sum up our trip, it was fantastic and we will be recommending Whitsunday Escape to our family & friends.

Hopefully we will see you again one day.

NSW - who chartered our: Leopard 40.1 for the 1st time

Julian & Friends

I just got back from a week on A Little Bit Naughty and wanted to pass on some feedback. I almost never do this and only do this because the experience was so exceptionally good, and had a couple of small elements which could be improved.

Firstly and most importantly, the induction by Jordan was EXCELLENT. This guy is a legend. He imparted information exceptionally well, while making the experience fun. He is perfect for this!

The boat was amazing, the organisation and communication was excellent and the food was brilliant. We were a mix of semi-experienced sailors and novices, and the experience was FANTASTIC!

ACT - who chartered our: Nautitech Open 40 for the 1st time

Chelsea & Friends

Hi team Whitsunday Escape,

I wanted to thank you for what was one of THE best holidays I have ever had.

It’s an understatement to say that we’ve enjoyed our bareboat charter with you. It was perfect and the only complaint we’ve had was that it was too short (we now understand the minimum 5-night charter!!). We would do it all over again in an instant and are already planning to return next year.

Your team was amazing to deal with and made our experience so enjoyable. We were a little nervous about the whole bareboating concept at first but Christina assured us that we would gain the necessary skills after our 1-day prep course and the sail guide. And upon departure, Ryan was a brilliant guide who made us feel very comfortable and relaxed and again assured us that we had all the necessary skills and that help was not far, should we run into trouble after all. At the end of our trip with Ryan, we knew we were ok and felt comfortable to sail Nordic Dream.

And a dream it was! Nordic Dream was incredibly comfortable and we had everything we needed (and more!). The cabins and bathrooms were extremely spacious and the entertaining area was huge! It’s a beautiful yacht! (Another understatement).

Thank you so, so much for introducing us to the bareboating concept. To be completely honest, I was always a bit doubtful about the ‘no experience, no license’ required but we were extremely comfortable with our skills after your team’s preparation and had no issues whatsoever. It was the best holiday and I can highly recommend it to everyone who likes being out on the water. I haven’t stopped talking about it (I think my colleagues and friends are sick of me by now but I might have already convinced some of them to give it a go!). It’s the most relaxing holiday and a great way to see the Whitsundays. We will be back, that’s for sure.

QLD - who chartered our: Nautitech Open 46 for the 1st time

Randall & Rachael

We had an awesome time cruising around the Whitsundays on the new Open 40 “A Little Bit Nauti” for 7 nights.

Although we had 4 teenagers with us, the boat didn’t feel crowded at all with plenty of areas inside and out to spread out and relax. The boat was well equipped with everything we needed and Jordan made the handover fun and interactive involving the kids.

This was our first time chartering with Whitsunday Escape and we will definitely be back again soon.

- QLD - who chartered our: Nautitech Open 40 for the first time

Bridgette & Paul

This is the second time in a few years that we’ve booked a sailing holiday with Whitsunday Escape and we’ve had an amazing trip both times!

The boats are clean and well equipped and the excellent service before, during and after is why we keep booking with Whitsunday Escape!

NSW - who chartered our: Seawind 1250 for the first time

John & Friends

We chartered Karma for 15 nights August 2016. Karma is a large comfortable boat, easy to handle and good fuel economy.

As usual Whitsunday Escape staff are very helpful and make the experience hassle free. The owners of Karma provided a large selection of movies on a hard drive as a bonus.

This was our seventh charter in the Whitsundays and we can highly recommend this boat and Whitsunday Escape.

NSW - who chartered our: Leopard 47 for the first time
Family sailing holiday in the Whitsundays Nara Inlet

Angelo Sassu

We had a wonderful trip and had the best time ever, I can’t wait for the next holiday with Whitsunday Escape.

The vessel was very spacious, comfortable, it was very easy to sail and it is very stable.

ACT, who chartered our Leopard 40 Classic for the first time
Lady L sailing catamaran in the Whitsunday Islands for hire

Ian, Paul, Yvette and Loren

From our first inquiry to the last of the administration, the Whitsunday Escape crew were absolutely fantastic.  They are very customer focused, helping us with a couple of tricky invoicing and timing things with no trouble at all.  Every time we called to check on something, they were helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable about all aspects of the operation.

When came the time to take “Lady L III” out, she was ready for us and we enjoyed the first night in the marina to get used to her.  Tim’s briefing was outstanding – perfectly targeted to our knowledge and delivered in a great relaxed and friendly style (as was the debrief when we returned).

Our holiday was sensational and whenever we had a question, Whitsunday Escape was there on the radio with a helpful answer.  The boat was superb – she handled like a dream, she was well equipped with everything we needed, and she offered loads of space to spread out.

We have already recommended Whitsunday Escape to some of our friends, and will certainly return to them in the future.  Totally recommended from every perspective.

Melbourne, who chartered our Seawind 1250 for the first time

Michelle Berkman

From first enquiry to final debrief, Whitsunday Escape have been a pleasure to deal with – friendly, helpful and professional. Our Seawind 1250 was a fantastic boat in every respect- extremely comfortable for 6 of us, sails well and fabulous, visibility above and below decks. Truly a great family holiday.

Seawind 1250 for the 1st time