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Derwent Hunter - Tall Ship Reef Adventures

Whitsunday Island day sailing adventures on Traditional tallship Derwent Hunter

Ever dreamed of sailing to a tropical Whitsunday island for a day, to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef? Join us for the adventure of a lifetime, sailing on a traditional timber tallship in the sheltered waters of the Whitsunday Islands.

This full day tour explores the islands of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the Whitsundays on the coast of Queensland. Visit uninhabited islands and explore sheltered, secluded anchorages and beaches. Snorkel straight off the beach. See and swim with an abundance of turtles, colourful tropical fish, and a multitude of corals.

Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands are famous for being one of the best sailing destinations in the world, you simply have to experience it for yourself. 

The Derwent Hunter full day trip departs Airlie Beach and includes lunch and snacks.

Don’t leave the Whitsundays without going sailing. 

Derwent Hunter Day Trips

Derwent Hunter – Itinerary

Sail the legend, Derwent Hunter, to the northern bays of the Whitsunday Islands. After a delicious morning tea, visit the private mooring at the first of our two stops for the day. We visit sheltered bays near Hook Island, where customers can snorkel straight from the beach, and explore the shoreline of the island. Many lucky customers get the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with turtles. During the winter months, whales sightings are quite common. Humpback whales and pilot whales visit the Whitsundays every year from approximately June – September.

Return to the vessel for a hearty buffet lunch, before helping to raise the sails and sail back to shore across the Whitsunday Passage, with a cold beer or wine in hand, from our licensed bar.

Actual itinerary subject to weather conditions – as this is a REAL sailing adventure.

  • 7.30am – Meet at Abell Point Marina South Village next to Hemingway's Restaurant
  • 8am – Depart Abell Point Marina South (courtesy bus pick ups provided), in the heart of Airlie Beach. Set sail across the Whitsunday Passage, help the crew raise the sails or sit back and relax, enjoying the spectacular scenery.
  • 10.30 am – Enjoy a scrumptious morning tea, with chocolate cake, biscuits and seasonal treats before heading ashore at Stonehaven and Hook Island for snorkelling and beach combing. Alternatively, relax at the beach or from a shady spot on deck and watch the morning activities.
  • 1.30 pm – Return to the vessel for a delicious buffet lunch of cold meats, salads and tropical fruits
  • 2.00 pm – Depart under sail to return across the Whitsunday Passage. Buy a drink from our licenced bar and enjoy afternoon cheese & fruit platters as you sail home
  • 4.30pm – Returns to Abell Point Marina South Village for bus pick up

Where do we go?

We visit locations on Hook Island around Stonehaven Anchorage. Our itinerary is weather dependent, of course, so if conditions permit, we might find ourselves at other locations like Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island, or Langford and Black Islands.

Guests will get plenty of time to enjoy snorkelling and beach activities.

What’s on the menu?

On Derwent Hunter’s fully catered day trip, you will get a delicious buffet lunch, and morning and afternoon tea.

The selection includes cold meats such as chicken and ham, and a variety of gourmet salads.

Morning tea includes sweets like chocolate cake and biscuits.

Afternoon tea is a tasty antipasto plate with dips and tropical fruit.

Soft drinks, bottled water and chocolate bars are available to purchase on board. Beer and wine can be purchased from our on board licensed bar from lunchtime onwards.

no. package price
1. Derwent Hunter Day Trips - Adult AUD$ 195.00
2. Derwent Hunter Day Trips - Concessions AUD$ 175.00
3. Derwent Hunter Day Trips - Children (4-15yrs) AUD$ 99.00
4. Derwent Hunter Day Trips - Family Package (up to 2 A/3 C) AUD$ 525.00
Derwent Hunter & Ocean Rafting 2 Day Package - Whitsundays Sailing and Whitehaven Beach

Combine two of the Whitsundays’ best day tours with a Tallship Derwent Hunter Whitsundays sailing adventure and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach tour on the Chill and Thrill package!

Sail, raft, swim, snorkel and relax…you can do it all!

Visit iconic Whitehaven Beach, as well as some lesser known deserted island beaches, with some of Australia’s best snorkelling on both days. This is the ultimate package to give you the best of everything you can do in the Whitsunday islands.

Lunch and courtesy bus transfers included both days.


Set sail for the reef adventure of a lifetime with timber tallship Derwent Hunter, sailing around the sheltered waters of the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy hands on traditional sailing or kick back and relax on the large shaded decks.

This full day tour explores the northern islands of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the Whitsundays. Visit uninhabited islands such as Langford Island and Bali Hai, enjoy lunch, explore secluded island beaches, snorkel straight off the beach on beautiful coral reefs and swim with an abundance of turtles, colourful tropical fish and a multitude of corals.


Ocean Rafting’s Southern Lights tour gives you the opportunity to spend over two hours relaxing on the beautiful white silica sand at world famous Whitehaven Beach. Visit both the northern and southern ends of Whitehaven Beach. Swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy a buffet lunch on the beach. Enjoy exclusive access to Hill Inlet beach and a guided walk to the famous Hill Inlet lookout.

Snorkel for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island or one of our “secret” snorkel spots, enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals and a spectacular array of marine life which call the fringing reefs home.

Get the most out of your visit to the Whitsundays by combining two of the very best day tours on offer … chill and sail one day and get your thrills on a high speed adventure the next!

* Please note: The above tour itineraries are a guideline only and are subject to change depending on tide, wind and other weather conditions. Cancellations up to 7pm the night before departure date receive 95% refund. Cancellations after 7pm night before departure date – no refund. Please call Ocean Rafting 48 hours prior to departure on 07 4946 6848 to reconfirm booking and pick up time. For bookings within 24 hours of departure please call (07) 4946 6848.

What’s Included:

Ocean Rafting

  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Buffet lunch
  • Cake for afternoon tea
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Sunsuit/wetsuit
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Courtesy bus transfers

Derwent Hunter

  • Hands on traditional sailing or just relax
  • Explore Langford Reef and Bali Hai islands
  • Two hours snorkelling on fringing reefs
  • Delicious buffet Lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Courtesy bus transfers
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Sunsuit/wetsuit

Departure Information

Tour: Chill and Thrill Two Day Package


Ocean Rafting departs: 10.00am, returns: 4.30pm
Derwent Hunter departs: 8.00am, returns: 4.30pm

Adult: $329
Child: $206

What to Bring


  • A beach bag with a towel, hat and shoes
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling
  • Cameras in a waterproof case or Tupperware
  • Cash for water, drinks, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board

Optional Extras

  • Prescription Mask Hire
  • Water & soft drinks
  • Beer or wine
  • Chocolate
  • Derwent Hunter and Ocean Rafting in one awesome cheap Whitsunday package deal

no. package price
1. Derwent Hunter & Ocean Rafting 2 Day Package - Adult AUD$ 329.00
2. Derwent Hunter & Ocean Rafting 2 Day Package - Child AUD$ 206.00
  Product Category
-Sailing-Great Barrier Reef Day Trips
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Product Name Derwent Hunter - Tall Ship Reef Adventures
Address Abell Point Marina, South Village, Shingley Dr,,
Whitsundays Airlie Beach and Islands
Queensland, Australia
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