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British Defender Whitsundays

2 Day 2 Night Tour

British Defender Whitsundays is built to race. This 2-day tour is for guests who want to be involved in sailing and learn the ropes. We are talking about an 83-foot Whitbread Around The World racing maxi; this boat is a race weapon! Book your tickets today and find out what all the hype is about when sailing on Britsh Defender.

Tour Highlights

  • Maxi Racing Yacht
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Help with the sailing 
  • Snorkel coral filled bays with incredible sea life
  • Roomy shared accommodation
  • Snorkel equipment included
  • 28 passengers and 3 crew 

 

Suitable Tour For You?

This Tour is marketed to ages 18 to 40s and young at heart travellers. Best suited for Adventure travellers wanting to have an authentic racing yacht experience.

Tour Departure

Departs – Wednesday – Friday – Sunday
Returns – Friday – Sunday – Tuesday

Information You Need For British Defender Whitsundays Tour

Guest and Crew Numbers – 

The tour takes 28 guests and 3 crew

Locations Visited

Whitehaven Beach – Hill Inlet Look Out – 2 or 3 Snorkel Locations 

Included in the price

Snorkelling equipment, stinger suits, all meals including the first night

Accommodation  

Shared Cabins
Private Cabins shared bathrooms
Private Cabin with ensuite

This Whitsundays Tour Features

Whitehaven Beach

 

British Defender Whitsundays Tour visits Whitehaven Beach for around 2 hours. During this time you embark on a bush-walk from Tongue Point (northern end of Whitehaven), this walk takes approximately 15 minutes, once at the top you will experience Whitehaven Beach above on the viewing platform. This breathtaking view from here lets you see all 7 km of the beach as well as the world famous swirling sands that form the inlet

 

Snorkelling The Reef

 

During your two day tour, you will get at least three opportunities to snorkel the coral-filled bays on the coastal fringes of the islands. Here you can see turtles, Maori wrasse, batfish, parrot fish, clown fish (Nemo) plus plenty more! In most bays, the coral starts close to shore and is easily accessible by the small tender boats. For the nonconfident swimmers, there are noodles and flotation devices available for safety.

 

Learn to Sail

 

The crew is more than happy to teach you the basics of sailing. Get involved helping the crew hoist the mainsail and headsail. The qualified team on board will give you lessons, and if you’re lucky, you may get to stand at the helm and steer the boat towards your next destination. This is optional if you do not wish to participate, you can just lye back and enjoy the ride.

 

Example Itinerary of British Defender Visiting the Whitsundays

 

The following itinerary is an example of a scheduled cruise.
Day 1
Meet your crew at Abell Point Marina at 13.30pm for a head count, to depart the marina at 14:00pm. Feeling energetic? Get involved with setting the sails! Otherwise, sit back and relax as you glide across the Whitsunday Passage and over to Hook Passage, between Hook and Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy the first sunset of the trip and you sit back and make new friends.
Day 2
Wake up have breakfast as you travel to Tongue bay where you’ll be whisked over to Whitsunday Island. Take a guided bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout to take in the view. After, go down to the beach and explore. Once back on board, you’ll have lunch and sail north to another island where put on your snorkelling gear and jump in over the fringing reef. Swim with the tropical fish and other marine life. Stop again in another secluded bay, either for another snorkel or get dropped off at the beach just before sunset. Enjoy a drink and pre-dinner snacks and watch the sun set over the islands. After, dinner back on board, and let the night unfold.
Day 3
Early rise for breakfast, then it is time to set the sails for the final time and make way across the Whitsunday Passage. Arrive back into Airlie Beach at 11.00am.
Extras

Detailed Specifications

Age Policy
Age 15+. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Alcohol Policy
Guests can bring your own alcohol, no glass or red wine please. Soft drinks are sold on board, but guests may bring their own.
Luggage Policy
Guests are asked to limit luggage. Please pack in soft sided zipless bag. We provide dry bags hire; for a deposit of $50 (cash only) which will be refunded on return. We also provide luggage storage at the Explore Whitsundays Reservations Office for $10 per person.
What to Bring
Bring clothes, towel, toiletries, hat, swimwear, sunscreen, jacket/sweater, camera, sunglasses, runners or sandals for island walks, alcohol and soft drinks.
Check-In Process
All guests are kindly requested to check in 48hours prior to departure. This can be done online at https://checkin.explorewhitsundays.com/ or in person at Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade, Airlie Beach. Guests will need to collect a boarding pass from the Explore Whitsundays Reservations Office in town minimum 2 hours before departure. If the guest has any questions, they can call: 07 4967 7555.
Parking
Guests who drive, can park cars at Abell Point Marina. A fee applies to park at this marina, and guests purchase parking tickets from the machines in the car park (credit cards or coins) at own cost.

Cancellation Policy for Individual Travellers.

We RECOMMEND ALL GUESTS have Travel Insurance which covers Cancellations.

EXTENDED / OVERNIGHT TOUR CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations from 30 to 60 days of departure will result in a loss of 25% of the ticket price.
14 to 30 Days before departure, loss of 50% of the ticket price.
14 days to departure will result in forfeit of full trip fees.
Where a customer cancels and full payment has been made, and we can resell the space on the departure, we will refund the ticket price less 20% (not including commissions or bank fees).
The Operator cannot guarantee a refund of the travel agent deposit component in any refund situation.

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 advise 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 guest

TRAVEL INSURANCE The Operator strongly recommends that guests have travel insurance to:

  • cover valuable items (eg. Cameras, Luggage)
  • protect against unforeseen flight or coach cancellations, road closures or late arrival into Airlie Beach for any reason 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 returning to port or emergency air evacuation.
  • cover against an emergency where you need to return to port urgently, eg. a family member becomes very ill,
  • cover against full ticket refunds, including the agent commissions component.

Please ensure that the guests understand the details of the cover included for the Travel Insurance to ensure that it covers the above, for their peace of mind.

LIABILITY

Guests should note that sailing, snorkelling and aquatic activities can be a dangerous and while our crew will make every effort to ensure guest safety, Explore Whitsundays and the Operator cannot be accountable for actions of guests that are beyond crew control. Guests will be required to complete a pre-departure questionnaire, and sign a travel agreement during the check-in process. Guests should be aware that marine stingers and other marine life live in the oceans. The Operators have the applicable Shipowners insurance to cover public liability for our guests and staff. A Copy of the certificate will be forwarded if required.

ITINERARIES AND WEATHER

The Operator reserves the right to alter the tour or the itinerary of any of its tours and organise alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. The Operator will always consider the safety of guests and staff and as a result, some of the Whitsunday Icons may not be visited if the wind, visibility or wave/tidal conditions are not suitable or parts of the park have been closed by the managing authority. If it is raining, our tours still operate, as the guests can still experience the Whitsundays, including swimming and bushwalking. 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. The Whitsundays is deemed partially smooth waters and tours will only be cancelled if the Regional Harbour Master closes the area due to gale warnings or the Operator deems it unsafe to travel. If tour cancellations are necessary and ticket balance payment or pro-rated refunds are approved, the amount being paid for the ticket to the operator will be refunded. Explore Whitsundays does not cover additional costs over or above the ticket amount. We do not guarantee a refund of the travel agent commission component or any other costs associated with the guest’s travel arrangements.

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 a similar or higher standard, or alternatively refund the amount being paid to the operator for that tour. We do not guarantee a refund of the travel agent commission component. Where a tour of lesser standard is arranged, any difference in the ticket prices will be refunded.

DIETS

While we cater to basic diet requests, eg. Vegetarian, guests must be aware that in confined space on yachts with limited resources we may not be able to meet all guest needs. Special food or diet requests may incur an extra local payment.

LUGGAGE

Guests are asked to limit luggage as storage on yachts is minimal. Guests should pack in soft-sided bags, NO Trolley bags, please. Tours on Solway Lass, guests will be provided with a soft bag to pack-in at check-in. Guests with luggage to the store can store at our check-in office for a small fee. Guests should pack in a small soft bag with no zippers.

GUEST BEHAVIOUR

The Operator has the right to refuse to board of guests who arrive intoxicated or who appear to be 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, abusing our staff 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 and some with 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 delivered in English, 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 before departure and speak to the operator before departing.

OPEN DATED VOUCHERS

Are accepted for 2 days 1 night and 2 days 2 night Maxi Sailing and our 3 days 2-night Adventure Sailing. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from Issue Date.

Please advise guests travelling on Open Dated Vouchers to book 14 days in advance. The earlier guests book their tour, the better chance they have of getting the date they request.

Guests should email res@explorewhitsundays.com or ph: 07 4967 7555 with their booking travel date request. Guests will need to quote their booking reference number at the time of making the request.

GUEST BED OR CABIN ALLOCATION

We will always try our best to accommodate our guest’s cabin requests, however, due to operational issues we can never 100% guarantee that the requested cabin or bed will be available. In the situation where a class of cabin is not available and if a downgrade was the case, a refund of the difference in ticket price would be made. Where multi-share cabin classes are advertised and ticket prices are the same, we cannot guarantee the number of beds in the Multi-Share cabin. Where multi-share cabin fares are selected, and the guests do not wish to have other guests in the cabin, the only way to guarantee the cabin for the sole use of the party is to pay for the additional bed in the cabin.

CHECK OUT TIMES

The Operator will ask guests to vacate their accommodation and pack up their luggage on the final day, to allow commencement of accommodation servicing.

For 2 Day 1 Night, 2 Night and 3 Night Tours, on the final morning after breakfast, guests will be asked for their linen and may be asked to pack up their personal belongings

All guests are kindly requested to check in 48hours prior to departure. This can be done online at https://checkin.explorewhitsundays.com/ or in person at Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade, Airlie Beach. Guests will need to collect a boarding pass from the Explore Whitsundays Reservations Office in town minimum 2 hours before departure. If the guest has any questions, they can call: 07 4967 7555.

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