Every year, we introduce hundreds of families to sailing holidays as well as welcome back families who have been chartering with us for years, whose children have now grown up and are bringing their children on a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays. Whether you decide to charter a bareboat and skipper it yourself, or hire a Sail Guide and Host to do the navigating and meal preparation for you, here are 7 reasons why families love chartering a bareboat in the Whitsundays with Cumberland Charter Yachts.
1. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO SEE AND DO
It doesn't matter what age the children are, there is no chance of them getting bored as there is always something for them to see and do. From sailing the yacht to snorkeling off the back of the boat, discovering secluded bays and anchorages on a kayak or stand up paddleboard, they're bound to stay occupied during the charter, without the need for their noses to be stuck in an iPad.
Exploring the Whitsundays is a memorable experience. Choosing your next location for the day is something everyone can get involved in depending on what activities take everyone's fancy. Visit an ancient Aboriginal cave painting anyone?
2. JOIN IN AS LITTLE OR AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE
The wonderful thing about a sailing holiday is you can join in or do very little and this goes for parents and children alike. Take the helm, hoist the sails, or kick back and relax with a good book in the sun, listening to the water lap the hull as you sail from one destination to the next. Helping prepare meals in the galley is a social occasion and there's nothing like cooking on the back deck BBQ as you watch the sunset over the horizon on another magical day in the Whitsundays.
3. IT'S MORE ABOUT THE HOLIDAY ITSELF
What many don't realize is how close all the islands are to each other in the Whitsundays. Wake up in one bay, have a morning snorkel off the back of the boat before having breakfast and a short journey to the next bay. You typically don't need to sail or motor for more than an hour to get to your next spot, with many islands having bays one after the other and taking you no more than 10 minutes to get to. You can choose to sail longer if you're heart was set on it, but the benefit of a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays is that there is so much choice in a relatively small region and this is great for the kids!
4. IT'S A MEMORABLE HOLIDAY THE KIDS WILL NEVER FORGET
Trust us - the kids will remember sailing around the Whitsundays on their own yacht, for the rest of their life. Not many kids get the opportunity to go on such a holiday and the kids at school will be hanging off their every word as they tell tales of exploring caves, bushwalking in a rainforest and standing at lookouts with views as far as the eye can see.
5. IT'S NOTHING LIKE A LAND-BASED HOLIDAY
Choosing to stay at a resort on the mainland doesn't give you or the kids the opportunity to snorkel and swim straight from your back door, have 360-degree views from your bedroom window, wake up to a different location each day, all while only having to unpack your bag once! You can travel at your own pace, choose your own activities and more often than not, have an overnight anchorage all to yourself with a million stars as your ceiling.
6. THE HOLIDAY IS COMPLETELY BESPOKE
Each charter is designed to suit your needs. Choose from sailing yachts, sailing catamarans or power catamarans suited between 2 and 10 people and choose how long you would like to charter for. Each day, Cumberland Charter Yachts will keep in VHF radio contact with you and help you choose the best locations to visit depending on the prevailing wind and sea conditions. If you decide to have a Sail Guide to do the navigating for you, decide what activities you'd like to do and they'll sail the boat to the best locations for you.
7. BAREBOAT CHARTERS ARE SUITABLE FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
For the comfort and safety for all onboard, life jackets are supplied on board complimentary - even for infants, we have one to suit. Catamarans provide a stable surface that is easier to walk around than a monohull that heels (leans over) while under sail, which makes it suitable for all ages to enjoy. If the kids are seasoned sailors a sailing yacht might be right up their alley, but whatever takes your fancy, a bareboating holiday in the Whitsundays is suitable for kids of all ages - both the young and young at heart.
Contact us today and let us find the perfect bareboat for your next holiday in the Whitsundays.