HOW TO BOOK YOUR WHITSUNDAY CHARTER:
Once you have chosen your sailing catamaran or yachting holiday and checked availability, Whitsunday Luxury Catamarans can place a hold on it for up to 7 days. Just phone, fax or email through your details and we can get your booking reserved for you while you have time to confirm your flights and other travel details.
A deposit of $750 is required within this period to secure the booking for you, with the balance of your charter payable 60 days prior to your charter start date.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
A bareboat catamaran or yacht charter starts at Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, North Queensland, which is approximately 3 hours drive south of Townsville and a 12 hour drive north of Brisbane. If you are driving, we are just 20 minutes off the Bruce Highway junction at Proserpine.
The easiest way to get to the Whitsundays is to fly into Whitsunday Coast Airport, (also know as Proserpine). Jetstar and Virgin Blue operate direct flights from most major cities.
There are shuttle, limo and taxi services that meet all arriving flights, but do need to be booked prior to your arrival. Please ask us for further information.
Alternatively, you can also fly into Hamilton Island and have your charter boat delivered to you at the Island’s Marina for a small charge.
Other Island Resort pick up points are Daydream Island or Hayman Island (charges apply).
There are bus, limo and taxi services between Proserpine Airport & Airlie Beach approx 35-40 mins away, (bookings are required).
Bus Service: Whitsunday Transit bus service meets all flights arriving in The Whitsundays. To find out more or book your transfer - www.whitsundaytransit.com.au
Whitsunday Taxis: Taxis which can hold up to 10 people are available. Cabs are best booked in advance on 131008 or 07 49465315.
Limousines: Whitsunday Limousines are an affordable and very comfortable option for transferring to and from Whitsunday Coast / Proserpine Airport. To find out more, go to - www.whitsundaylimos.com.au
Whitsunday Shuttle Bus: A shuttle bus can pick up your crew and take you to your destination. For more details or to book direct, please visit their website: www.whitsundayshuttle.com.au or you can book and pay direct by emailing them at email@example.com or by phone 07-49461515 or fax 07-49461836.
Whitsundays2everywhere: Shuttle bus service – Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast airport tranfers including new service Mackay to Whitsundays Ph (07) 49464940 Mbl 0447 997 111. For more information on their transfer services, go to www.whitsundays2everywhere.com.au
PARKING YOUR CAR: There are two asphalt car parks located at Abell Point Marina.
Security parking, (under cover, under lock with valet service), is also available. Please contact Whitsunday Airport Secured Parking, Ph mbl 0419 790 998 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
HAMILTON ISLAND VESSEL PICK UP: We can deliver your vessel to Hamilton Island for an additional fee. The vessel is available from 11am. Apply for details.
FERRY SERVICES: Alternatively, you can transfer via ferry from Hamilton Island through to Port of Airlie Marina. Contact Cruise Whitsundays www.cruisewhitsundays.com.au
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT CHARGE:
Marine Park Authority Fee – $25 per person is payable prior to departure (inclusive of a administration fee). The EMC is given to the Management Agency of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and assists with the management of the World Heritage Marine Park. This can be paid on arrival or with the balance of charter fees 60 days prior to your charter.
INCLUDED IN YOUR CHARTER COST: Dinghy with outboard motor, all bedding and linen, (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, towels and tea towels), all crockery, cutlery and utensils, gas cooker, refrigeration systems including freezers and rail mounted gas BBQ’s. Snokeling gear, charts and books for navigation, including a comprehensive vessel and area briefing prior to your departure. All vessels are fitted with an inverter.
VESSEL SECURITY BOND: A security bond is payable before commencement of charter. We do not process the bond, but it is held on authorisation from your account for the duration of your charter. Providing your vessel is returned clean and without loss or damage, we then destroy the authorisation within 7 days of your return.
CANCELLATION FEES: Your charter is fully refundable, (less a $250 cancellation fee), if cancelled more than 60 days before your charter start date. If you cancel within the 60 day timeframe, the charter fee is non refundable.
FUEL CHARGES: Fuel is not included in the cost of your charter and will be charged on consumption at the end of your charter.
PROVISIONING YOUR VESSEL: The food for your holiday is one of the most important aspects of planning your Whitsunday holiday. There are two large supermarkets open 7 days, (Woolworths and Coles), or you can leave all the headache of what to have for dinner up to the experts! We recommend that you choose a provisioning package through our providers, Whitsunday Provisioning. The team at Whitsunday Provisioning have been stocking boats for holiday makers for over 25 years and have vast experience with quantities and items suitable for all your galley needs. They will provide you with the freshest produce and top quality meats, and all of this is stored away on board your vessel for your arrival. Please click on this link: http://whitprov.com.au/default.asp?boat=Whitsunday-Luxury-Catamarans
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Whitsunday Luxury Catamarans highly recommends you purchase travel insurance after you confirm your charter booking. Please see a travel agent before arrival in the Whitsundays.
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SAILING / CHARTER EXPERIENCE: No formal qualifications are required to charter a bareboat catamaran in the Whitsundays. Some previous boating experience is required. Prior to your arrival, we will get you to complete a resume, detailing your boating and/or sailing experience. This will cover some general questions to give us an idea of your level of experience. For those who are less experienced or not quite so confident, we can organize a sail guide for you.
ACCOMMODATION IN AIRLIE BEACH: For accommodation in Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Luxury Catamarans highly recommends the following:
Portside Whitsunday Resort conveniently situated on Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach
PH 07 4948 2288
Fax 07 4948 2266
Whitsunday Waterfront Apartments
48 Coral Esplanade, Cannonvale
Airlie Beach,Whitsundays 4802
Ph: (07) 4946 6860
Fax: (07) 4946 6778
FACILITIES AT MERIDIEN MARINA, ABELL POINT, AIRLIE BEACH:
Kiosk with take away food, basic supplies and alcohol, Marine Chandlery and Dive Shop. Amenities include toilets, showers and laundry facilities as well as water and power for the vessel (charges apply). Bait and ice are also available.
MERIDIEN MARINA (Whitsundays) Pty Ltd
PO Box 579, Airlie Beach, 4802, Australia
T: +61 (0) 7 49462400
F: +61 (0) 7 49462444
RADIO & MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE IN THE WHITSUNDAY AREA:
Your vessel is equipped with a Satellite Phone and VHF marine radio. These are manned from our base. Mobile phones work in most areas in the Whitsunday Islands if you have a line of sight to the mainland or Hamilton Island. All of our vessels are fitted with inverters with 240v outlets and cigarette lighter outlets for mobile phone charging.