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14 days exploring the Whitsunday Islands on a superyacht

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef And Hamilton Island

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays arguably claim the title as the third major superyacht destination after the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. This tropical region is easily accessed, safe and uncrowded, but most importantly offers the most unique on-the-water experiences that cannot be found elsewhere.

The Whitsundays are comprised of 74 islands within a 40 nautical mile radius on Australia’s northeast coast, with Hamilton Island being the largest of the six that are inhabited. These tropical islands offer deserted, fine sand beaches, lush bushland, and remarkable flora, fauna and sea life.

The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, can also be found in this area and is a thing of beauty itself. Stretching over 2,300 kilometres and covering some 350,000 square kilometres (nearly the size of Germany), it consists of myriad lagoons, atolls, sand cays and coral outcrops that simply must be experienced to be fully appreciated.

Days 1&2

Join your yacht at Hamilton Island marina, only a few minute’s drive from the island’s airport. Your itinerary starts with a visit to the Great Barrier Reef — ideally over two days if you have the time. You can consider taking your own boat out to the Great Barrier Reef if time permits, but generally, the best option is to visit the reef via helicopter, seaplane or fast ferry out of Hamilton Island. Even though last year Unesco voted not to put the Great Barrier Reef on world 'danger list' its future is far from guaranteed and it is on our list of places to visit before they disappear.

Picture courtesy of Martin Maun/Shutterstock.com

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