Southern Cross Whitsundays Overnight Sailing

/per person

399.00


Destination Whitsunday Islands
Departure Location Airlie Beach - Abell Point Marina
Departure Days Even Days of Month
Departure Time 8.30am
Return Time 4.00pm
Trip Length 2 Days / 1 Night
Season Rates Prices will change subject to season of travel.

Here’s why you will love exploring on the Southern Cross Whitsundays overnight sailing tour!

Sail the Whitsunday Islands on the iconic Southern Cross, named after the most recognisable star constellation in the southern hemisphere.

The yacht has had an incredible racing career and came to the Whitsundays to “retire” - but this girl is far from being “out to pasture”! She still holds the spirit of racing, with modifications for group tour comfort, and will take you on a journey through the Coral Sea that you will never forget. Enjoy the thrill of sailing mixed with the relaxation the Whitsundays are known for. And you certainly don’t need to forfeit any comfort for performance on your overnight adventure.

Southern Cross has a shaded cockpit, comfortable bathroom and large, downstairs lounge area with ample head room for taller guests and plenty of seating for meals and socialising. Above deck there is a large awning for shade when anchored, open areas and plenty of deck space for soaking up the sunshine and sea breezes.

Your overnight sailing cruise will take you through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the most iconic Whitsunday attractions - Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout. You will also experience some of the best snorkelling in Australia – and the world! - in the fringing coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkel, swim, sunbathe, sail…it’s all on offer with Southern Cross.

The Southern Cross Whitsundays overnight sailing tour is suitable for children from 15 years.


Southern Cross Itinerary

Day One

Meet the friendly and professional crew of the Southern Cross Overnight Sailing Tour by 8am at Abell Point Marina - ready to set sail for 8:30am.

Your Whitsunday Islands sailing adventure will have you in ore as you sail by many of the world famous islands – 74 in all - dotted throughout the Coral Sea.

The Southern Cross will navigate you through the popular Whitsunday Passage en route to your first stop, Tongue Bay. From here you will start your guided bush walk to one of the most popular sights, the Hill Inlet Lookout.

Take this opportunity to marvel at the ever-changing swirling sands of Hill Inlet as the incoming and outgoing tides form gorgeous patterns of blue sea and white sand. Snap a postcard-worthy photo to send home!

From here you will then step foot onto the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach – seven kilometres of tropical heaven. Explore, swim or relax, the choice is yours while you enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Whitsunday Island.

By the afternoon, your crew will sail to an anchorage location ensuring a calm setting to watch the sun go down, as you enjoy a drink and socialise with your fellow travellers.

Day Two

Rise and shine to one of the most beautiful views you could ever wake up to!

Enjoy an early breakfast on the boat, as your day will be full of adventure! Gear up for your first snorkelling activity in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Explore the ocean and coral gardens amongst colourful schools of fish and a turtle or two.

Morning tea will be prepared and waiting for you as you re-board to set sail to another spectacular snorkelling and beach destination.

Once everyone has enjoyed a delicious fresh lunch it will be time to make your way back to Airlie Beach, returning to Abell Point Marina by 4pm, with memories to last a lifetime

Please Note: This is a sample tour plan; your itinerary is based on the weather and tidal conditions experienced at the time of travel.


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Inclusions

  • Courtesy bus pick up & drop off from your Airlie Beach accommodation
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction
  • Stinger suit hire

AirlieBeach.com Terms and Conditions

“supplier” means any tour operator or other supplier of the services “you” means the guest booking and person named on this reservation booking “we”, “our” means The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre and A.J.LAURENT PTY LTD These terms and conditions apply to all bookings made through The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre. Placing a booking with The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre and paying a deposit constitute acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Booking Conditions

For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, a 25% deposit is due to secure your booking with the balance due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made within 30 days of travel, the full payment is due immediately to secure your booking. If we do not receive your full payment within 30 days of your travel date and you do not contact us to cancel, your deposit is forfeited and your booking may be automatically cancelled by us, the supplier or both.

Payments

Prices are quoted in Australian dollars, inclusive of GST, and all payments must be made in Australian dollars. Your reservation will only be confirmed when funds have been received and are cleared. The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre is not responsible for delays in postal delivery, bank or payment system processing. It is your responsibility to ensure that payments are received within the times specified. If the deposit or final payment is not received by the due date, The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre has the right cancel the booking. If your final payment is not paid by the due date and in any event within 30 days of your departure, we have the right to cancel your booking and retain the deposit in full without any reimbursement to cover our costs and those of any supplier.

Cancellations and Amendments to Bookings

If you wish to cancel or amend any booking made you need to contact us in writing. You can only cancel or amend a confirmed booking by contacting us directly. If you do not contact us to cancel prior to your booking departure date, you may forfeit your deposit and further costs.

Cancellation Charges and Amendment Fees

Any cancellation or amendment made more than 30 days before travel will incur an administration fee of 25% of the total booking fee. All cancellations or amendments made within 30 days of your travel date departure will incur both an administration fee of 25% in addition to the individual supplier’s fees. Any changes requested to your booking, including but not limited to dates, are subject to availability and if they are not available, you may be required to cancel and agree to the cancellation terms. IMPORTANT NOTE: Some services and activities may not permit any refund for certain bookings. You should check with the individual supplier or The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre prior to paying for your booking to confirm any special non-refundable conditions.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover your reservation, and valuable items (e.g. cameras). Your travel insurance policy should include coverage to protect against unforeseen and last-minute cancellations or medical conditions that may prevent travel and also to cover any medical emergencies during travel at minimum.

Supplier Tours and Services Changes

In the unlikely case of a vessel break down, maintenance or unavailability, the supplier will supply an alternate vessel of a similar standard and quality. Itineraries may be affected by elements beyond our and the supplier’s control such as wind, tide, rain, storm or other weather conditions which make travel dangerous and require a delay or cancellation. It is the skipper's requirement to ensure passenger safety at all times and may use his/her professional judgment in any manner to keep his/her guests and crew safe. In the instance of such delay or cancellation, alternative options will be provided by the supplier. In the event a cancellation or delay occurs and your tour or service is cancelled and rescheduled, you will receive a full refund if you are unable to rebook your tour or service.

Liability

You are using these services and taking any tours at your own risk. We are not responsible for any loss or damage, including direct, indirect or consequential loss you may suffer as a result of your reservation, booking or anything related to your tour or services provided by any supplier. You need to ensure you are medically sound, fit and physically able to use the services. We are not liable for the event that you are refused access to any services or tours due to your medical, physical or other reasons, including intoxication. Any such claims should be addressed to the suppliers directly. You should note that sailing can be a dangerous activity and while crews will make every effort to ensure your safety, they cannot be accountable for actions or injury to you that may be ‘beyond their control’. Every effort is make to ensure your safety and you may be required to complete a pre departure questionnaire, and sign a travel agreement waiver during the check-in process of your tour with the supplier directly. We are not affiliated with nor responsible for our suppliers in any way other than as intermediary to arrange their services on you and their behalf. If you have any issues, injury, suffer any loss or damage, you need to take it up with the supplier directly. If we are obligated to cancel your travel arrangements for any reason, the liability of will be limited to a refund of all monies paid by you.

Explore Whitsundays – Southern Cross Day Sail Terms and Conditions

We recommend all guests have travel insurance to protect against cancellations. Cancellations from 30 to 60 days of departure will result in loss of 25% of ticket price. 14 to 30 Days before departure, loss of 50% of ticket price. 14 days to departure will result in forfeit of full trip fees.Where full payment has been made, and we can re-sell the space on the departure, we will refund ticket price less 20% (not including commissions or bank fees).The Operator cannot guarantee refund of the travel agent deposit component.Postponement/Transfer of a trip by an individual, will be allowed 14 days prior to departure, so long as we have capacity on the alternative date. An Admin Fee ($40) may be applied to postponements or transfers. Postponements under 14 days before departure will be given due consideration based on the merit of the circumstances causing the postponement, such as a medical emergency. In all cases the best advice for a customer is to hold applicable travel insurance and the final discretion remains with the Operator of the tour.Please advise guests that the sooner they speak to us in regard to possible delays the easier it is to find suitable options for our guests.

Travel Insurance
The Operator strongly recommends that all guests have travel insurance to:Cover valuable items, e.g. cameras and luggage.To protect against unforeseen cancellations or late arrival into Airlie Beach for any reason (includes road closures, flight cancellations) which subsequently leads to missing the scheduled departure time.Cover medical conditions that may occur during carriage, and the associated extra costs of accessing medical care around the islands, including emergency air evacuation.Cover against an emergency where you need to return home urgently, e.g.. a family member becomes very ill.For peace of mind guests should understand the fine details of the cover included for the Travel Insurance to ensure that it covers the above.Ticket prices are in $AUD. Prices include all Marine and National Park Fees, Services of Crew, Meals, Snorkelling Equipment. Payments with Credit Card will incur a 2% fee.

Liability
Guests should note that Sailing can be a dangerous activity and while our crew will make every effort to ensure guest safety, we cannot be accountable for actions of guests that are beyond our control. Guests will be required to complete a pre-departure questionnaire, and sign a travel agreement during the check-in process. The Operator has the applicable Shipowners insurance to cover public liability for our guests and staff. A Copy of the certificate will be forwarded if required. Marine stingers can inhabit the waters, so we provide wet suits to minimise the risk of a sting. We request that all guests wear the wet suit before entering the water.

Guest Behaviour
The Operator has the right to refuse boarding of guests who arrive intoxicated or who are under the influence of illegal substances. While on tour, guests must abide by instructions from the Crew. Guests must also abide by the law and public nuisance, harassment, or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Guests who refuse to follow instructions and jeopardise the safety and security of Crew, guests, themselves or the vessel may be restrained and / or removed from the tour. All associated costs of removal will be borne by the guest and no refund of ticket monies will be provided.

English Language Comprehension
Because many of the tours we offer are low guest numbers with sometimes only 2 crew, it is very important that the guests have basic English understanding. Guests will spend time snorkelling and swimming and it is critical for their safety that they follow the instructions from the crew, while they are participating in the activities. If customers cannot understand English, it is important that a companion travelling can speak English and translate for the non-English speaking guest. We do have snorkelling summaries in other languages, which are provided for guests to read. If guests have any concerns at all, please contact us.

Itineraries and Weather
The Operator reserves the right to alter the tour or the itinerary of any of it's tours and organise alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. The Operator will always consider the comfort and safety of guests and staff and as a result, some of the Whitsunday Icons may not be visited if the wind, visibility or tidal conditions are not suitable. If it is raining, our tours still operate, as the guests can still experience the Whitsundays, including swimming and bush walking. If the winds are light, the tours will still run, however, it will be necessary to use the motors on the boats to get to the stops around the islands. We do not provide any guarantee that the winds will be consistent and from the correct direction to make sailing always possible.

Minimum Guest Numbers
Where we do not meet the minimum number of guests to operate a service, it may therefore be necessary to cancel a scheduled departure and to offer an alternative tour of similar or higher standard, or alternatively full refund for that tour. Where a tour of lesser standard is arranged, any difference in the ticket prices will be refunded.

Guests Check-In Before Boarding
A Web Check-in Service is available, day tour guests may use the web check-in and then go direct to the marina after web check-in. If we are obligated to cancel your travel arrangements for any reason, the liability of will be limited to a refund of all monies paid by you.

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