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3 Day Whitsundays Sailing and Diving Adventure: Kiana
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3 Day Whitsundays Sailing and Diving Adventure: Kiana

By Whitsundays Sailing Adventures
Recommended by 92% of travellers
92% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 18-60, max of 14 per group
Duration: 3 days
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Live guide: English
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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax) and National Park Fees
  • All activities
  • Local guide
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Drinkable tap water
  • Entry/Admission - Hill Inlet
  • Entry/Admission - Whitehaven Beach
What's not included
  • Drinks - Soft Drinks $3
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase on the trip) From $5
  • Scuba Diving (Certified and Introductory Dives) Prices start at $80 and are payable onboard the tour

Departure details
  • Coral Sea Marina, 1-3 Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia Meet at Meeting point B (in front of the round about).
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66697P4

  • No BYO Alcohol
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Departs every Monday and Friday. Open date tickets please give 10-14 days notice to book. All bookings MUST reconfirm 48hrs in advance by email or via Phone
  • Dietary Requirements: Please note we cannot cater for Vegan, Halal or Kosher Diets.
  • If you wish to try Scuba Diving as an Introductory Diver you may require a Diver's Medical Certificate to the AS4005.1 Australian Standard. Scuba Diving is payable on board the tour. A medical certificate is required if:
  • You are aged 45 years or older;
  • If you suffer from certain medical conditions;
  • If you are taking certain prescription medications
  • More information about dive medicals and when they are required can be found on their website If there is any uncertainty it is best to obtain a medical certificate to avoid the possibility of disappointment.
  • THIS IS NOT APPLICABLE FOR CERTIFIED SCUBA DIVERS*
  • New Requirements for Kiana Passengers February 2018 Recent changes to the Queensland Workplace Laws have made it necessary to reassess the minimum requirements for Kiana passengers to enable us to meet our duty of care and establish an acceptable level of risk. While offering a sailing tour of the Whitsunday Islands and a visit to Whitehaven Beach Kiana is primarily a live-aboard dive boat. Kiana travels 64km offshore to Bait Reef on the outer Great Barrier Reef and is currently the only overnight vessel doing so. Our crew are all qualified Dive Instructors and we take every measure possible to ensure the safety of our guests and mitigate risks. Our recent risk assessment has highlighted 3 areas of risk that we are concerned about. 1. Understanding the instructions of the crew 2. Swimming Ability 3. Mobility in an emergency Understanding Instructions Kiana carries a crew of three. While our crew come from various nationalities the language spoken on Kiana is English. All briefings and emergency instruction are given in English. It is therefore imperative that all passengers have a good understanding of the English Language. In the past we have allowed groups of passengers where one acts as the interpreter. Unfortunately we can no longer accept this scenario. All passengers must be able to clearly understand safety directions and instructions given in English by the crew and be able to complete the required safety forms in English. Swimming Ability Passengers with limited swimming ability will be provided with floatation devices. However in order to reduce the risk to an acceptable level we require that all passengers have at least some swimming ability. Each passenger’s self-assessment of their swimming ability will be required prior to boarding Kiana. All passengers must acknowledge that they are able to swim in deep water without a flotation device unassisted for 1 minute. Mobility Kiana is an 18 meter sailing ketch and as such cannot cater for passengers with limited mobility. In order to meet our minimum safety standards passengers must be able exit the vessel unassisted in an emergency. If necessary passengers with questionable mobility will be required to demonstrate, prior to departure, that they can exit from the interior of Kiana to the muster station on the aft deck unassisted. All passengers must be able to climb a 1.5 meter high ladder unassisted. Passengers who cannot meet the above minimum safety standards will be refused boarding and returned to the booking agent for a refund.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

  • If you cancel at least 15 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 14 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66697P4

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    Best time!
    We had the most amazing trip on Summertime! Jesse and Issy were incredible crew, so helpful and funny and going above and beyond for everyone on the boat. The snorkelling and kayaking were so fun and Whitehaven was stunning. Special thanks to Issy for the incredible food as well and accommodation with my allergy. Love you guys!
  • 349hattiea
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    An incredible experience!
    Loved every second of my time on Apollo. The boat was great, the crew were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and the snorkeling and beach visit were truly bucket list experiences. Great food and refreshing snacks provided. Wish the trip could have lasted longer, would definitely recommend! Thank you Andrew, Cam, Andy and Dom:)
  • 538samanthax
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    10/10 experience!
    Our time sailing the whitsundays aboard the apollo was absolutely amazing! The crew were so friendly and fun, they really made sure that we made the most of our time on board! From snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef to seeing the iconic white haven beach it really was some of the best days of my life! ( the food was also 10/10) Massive thanks to Andrew, Cam, Andy and Dom for making this such an incredible experience for us all!
  • Z5336GLrachelw
    Z5336GLrachelw
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    Awesome activities and sailing trip
    My trip on Summertime was great! The food was delicious (and frequent) and Izzy did an awesome job leading all the activities. It was a perfect two day trip with the right balance between activities and rest time on the boat. The air conditioned cabin also made for comfortable sleeping environment and you could tell the crew really wanted us to have the best experience. Thanks for a great trip!
  • FrauleinFink
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    The best way to experience the true beauty of this area.
    Amazing way to experience the Whitsundays. Highly recommend. Great crew, food and activities. Sleeping on the boat under the stars was magical. Not recommended if you need a lot of privacy as you are sleeping on a yacht with other travellers in close quarters. I found it comfortable and nobody snored so all good for me!
  • 192daniellej
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    Great day :)
    Great family fun day, crew were extremely accommodating and friendly. Our crew was Reece, damo and Dillon. What a bunch of characters. Itinerary ran perfectly, views were breath taking. Suitable for all ages.
  • Ruby W
    Ruby W
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    Amazing
    Amazing experience. So glad we booked a smaller 13 person boat over the party boats. You actually got a sailing experience along with the Whitsunday experience. Amazing food, Malcom and Tom were just great too. Would book again.
  • Donking123a2
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    Great sailing adventure
    Had a great time snorkeling, sailing and hanging out on beaches. The deck hands: Andy, Jess, Phil and the skipper Andrew all worked extremely hard to ensure we had the best time possible and cooked some great meals, I had such a good time!
  • U6831CAnadiar
    U6831CAnadiar
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    Amazing
    My crew were Jess, Phil, Andy and Andrew who were incredible. Great food and great vibes. 10/10 recommend.
  • T1346HFclaudiac
    T1346HFclaudiac
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    Awesome experience
    Amazing crew and amaing overall experience! Food was absolutely delicious (even for my fellow vegans!!) and you are taken really good care of, the boat is always kept very clean and they really make sure you see the most of the Whitsundays!! Would 100% recommend especially for solo travellers!
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    Relax15876349955
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    Amazing experience!
    It was a really fun time and the crew, Andrew, Andy, Phil and Jess, was amazing. Such a great experience! Would love to do it again.
  • 714yaarb
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    Best cruise ever
    Amazing experience! From the great crew and beautiful sceneries to delicious food and the friendly environment an absolute pleasure! 10/10
  • Kate H
    Kate H
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    Incredible experience. Highly recommend.
    Amazing experience. Really got a feel for the Whitsundays with amazing views and fun activities. Staff were great and the food was superb. Highly recommend.
  • corit267
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    Definitely recommend!
    Had an amazing time on my time on the Apollo. The crew was great, we were fed very well (always enough for seconds). Met so many lovely people, hit about 5 snorkeling spots and 2 bush walks, beach time at Whitehaven, and hang time in the evening.
  • CockneyRebel99
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    Fantastic sailing, kayaking, snorkelling adventure
    We had such a great time. Jessie & Issy are such a fantastic team & work so hard to make sure the guests have a great time. Sailing was a great experience with a chance to help hoist sails etc plus the kayaking & snorkelling were the highlight of the trip. The visit to Whitehaven Beach was great too with stunning scenery. The food was awesome and just kept coming and the cabins are basic but perfect for an overnight trip, especially as they have the luxury of air con. The jacuzzi was a welcome addition after an afternoon spent kayaking and snorkelling. I can’t recommend the trip highly enough
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Chez M
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The Kiana is compact, with a place for everything and everything in its place - yet at the same time surprisingly spacious. At no point did the boat feel crowded, rather we felt like there was surplus space for everyone. Below deck was very comfortable and cosy, and I had a great sleep both nights.

The trip out to Whitehaven Beach was fab; I was expecting there to be far more people there but it felt like a little exclusive slice of quiet heaven with few people there.

The food, courtesy of Paul, was genuinely amazing. I hear that the legend of the slow-cooked lamb has reached as far as Peru, and for good reason. Not only was the food great and of better standard than I can usually be bothered to cook at home, but with really great presentation that was honestly surprising for being on a boat. I wish I had the capacity to have eaten more of it. We brought snacks with us just in case, but they were unnecessary. What a treat to forget about clocks and phones, and to only be governed by sunrise, sunset, and meal times.

Diving and snorkelling alike were 10/10. Our group had both divers and snorkellers and we were all agreed it was some of the best we had enjoyed. Maddie is an excellent dive master, with comprehensive briefing and care both above and below water that makes for a perfect and relaxed dive. She took us on some brilliant dives, always pointing out critters that we would otherwise miss, and taking amazing photos.

Brett was the perfect captain, so friendly and hilarious, and with great stories - both anecdotal and informative. A highlight was sitting together after dinner whilst he told us about the reef and how we can all do our bit to contribute to its longevity.

The Kiana ohana are exemplary; with Paul preparing poetry in the kitchen, Maddie making magic underwater, and Brent weaving stories and dreams, we had the best trip ever and our expectations were exceeded at every turn. Their passion for their work and the reef really stands out, and in all honesty their cheerful and cheeky countenance made the trip. We wish we could have stayed forever! Outstanding. Thank you all so much.
Written 5 October 2022
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sailingwhitsunday
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing review. Brent is definitely super passionate about the reef and helping it. We do our best to cater passengers, sometimes thinking outside the box. The crew endeavour to visit the best snorkelling and beach spots in the Whitsundays, glad that our hard work pays off :)
Written 27 October 2022
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Bernie h
ireland27 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
Fab Trip Def one of the highlights of our trip to Australia. Lovely boat supplying everything you need The Crew, Brett the skipper for his expertise knowledge and Kindness. Jack of all his incredible food and Jess for all her help and diving experience.
All equipment supplied in excellent condition. I cannot say enough about this trip it was so memorable. The real highlight other than snorkeling and seeing a turtle on Barrier reef was mooring over the reef overnight with no other boat around miles from land sunset on one side of boat and moon rising on other This is as good as life gets Highly recommend this trip
Written 8 April 2023
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Res C
Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad you had such a great experience with us :)
Written 12 April 2023
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Lluís
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Our time with Kiana couldn’t have been better. The boat was comfortable and the captain, Brent, was very experienced, wise and funny. You can tell he loves the boat, the sea, the reef, and his job. He would tell us all about the reef, the navigation and lots of sea stories. We felt really safe and in really good hands. The rest of the crew, Maddie and Yanis, were amazing as well. We snorkeled and went diving for three times with Maddie as our instructor; we loved it and loved her. She does a really good job. The chosen spots were amazingly beautiful. We enjoyed gorgeous sunsets and would sit at night to have a chat and stare at the stars. We had the best time. The food was cooked by Yanis and was really good and elaborated. He is an amazing chef and he will be an even better marine biologist!
The only suggestion would be having a couple of spare plant based milks for breakfast in case of lactose intolerance/vegan. Although there was not a full vegan option, we could enjoy most of the really nice veggie dishes!!!

Thanks again for the amazing time!
With love, the catalans :)
Written 18 January 2021
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sailingwhitsunday
Hey Guys, Thank you for your beautiful feedback! We're so glad you had a good time and we certainly loved having you on board. So glad you were able to experience the beauty we have to offer here in the Whitsundays! Take care and we hope to see you again. :)
Written 20 January 2021
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LucyMoss
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If you’re looking for a truly unique and unforgettable experience, you can’t look past Kiana! We did the 2 night / 3 day sail and our time in the Whitsundays wouldn’t have been what it was if we hadn’t done this sail. An absolute highlight of our trip around Australia.

The captain and owner, Brent, cares so deeply about the reef and providing you with an incredible experience. We were so well looked after and his passion for the environment and happy energy is contagious. He also runs the boat so well. Everything is clean, tidy, safe and organised.

The crew (Maddie and Bailey) were also great who provided us with some yummy meals (delicious roast lamb and gravy… and yummy snacks like fruit salad) and were super fun to be around.

The snorkelling and diving was amazing, particularly on the outer reef. Staying overnight on the outer reef was also truly special.

With no more than 14 guests on board, you definetely get a very personalised experience.

We just can’t wait to come back!
Written 30 May 2022
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Res C
Hi Lucy! Thank you for your detailed review. The crew certainly take pride in their vessels and it shows with your kind words. We are thrilled to hear you had a memorable experience with us. We hope to welcome you back soon.
Written 6 June 2022
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Amy J
4 contributions
Feb. 2021 • Friends
Brent and Maddie gave us a really great few days on the water. They were both incredibly knowledgeable, accomodating and friendly. It was basically like hanging out with friends for a few days. Also the food on board was genuinely amazing. Fresh, healthy, home-cooked food 3 times a day. 100% recommend a trip with these folks for anyone headed to the Whitsundays and wanting to dive or snorkel on the reef.
Written 17 February 2021
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sailingwhitsunday
Good morning and thank you for your great feedback! Brent and Maddie are such amazing crew and it is always nice for them to see they are appreciated. We are so glad you had a good time and hope to see you in the future. Take care! :)
Written 20 February 2021
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Maeve
11 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Enjoyable trip on the Powerplay boat! The staff (Ellie and the Skipper) were brilliant, food was lovely and the boat was very clean!

Personally I think the trip is a little over priced. We left the port at 3pm the first day and arrived back by 11:30am on day 3 so it really is a 1.5 day trip as opposed to 3 days.

I thought when I originally booked that I booked a double room for me and my partner. It said ‘shared double room, must have two people’. To me that meant you couldn’t book a double room if you were travelling alone on the trip and so two people must be booked! We were lucky that the other couple we shared with were so nice and easy going!

Apart from the above, a really enjoyable trip and we met some really great people!
Written 18 October 2022
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Res C
Thank you for the feedback and taking time to review our product Powerplay! I have passed along the information to our operations team to make sure that it is clear to everyone about the bedding types. If it says shared you will be sharing the area with another group of people. When it reads Private, this means the cabin is just for yourselves. Besides this we are happy you enjoyed your time out with us!
Written 28 October 2022
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Sally E
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
Aug. 2022
A truly fabulous and memorable experience with caring and attentive crew and skipper. The views, food, land, dive and snorkel experiences were amazing. Great attention to detail and incredible food. The 3 day, 2 night experience is great value for money and I'll be back for the 5 day tour. These people really care about the reef, are eco-certified and deliver on everything promised and more.
Written 26 August 2022
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Res C
Thank you for your detailed review! We appreciate your kind words and love that you had such an experience out with us!
Written 1 September 2022
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jonathon p
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Incredible experience with Brent, Maddy and Scooter. Great combination of good people, comfortable living, hikes, seafaring and snorkelling/diving. Brent is a great, experienced captain that exudes passion about conservation of the reef and can fix anything on the boat. Highly professional and knowledgeable. Perfect way to experience the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands! Would sail with kiana again for sure
Written 6 October 2022
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sailingwhitsunday
Wow! Thank you so much for the feedback! We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon!
Written 27 October 2022
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Gracia M
1 contribution
Nov. 2021 • Friends
We cruised for three days on Kiana in November 2021. Great crew. They were very knowledgeable about the reef. We went scuba diving on the outer reef with a dive guide the entire time. Safety standards were excellent. Good food. Flexible for vegetarians. We enjoyed the relaxed, stress free holiday pace.
Written 10 November 2021
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Res C
Wow what a great review. Kiana really makes sure that safety is the biggest priority on the trip. We always try and make sure that your holiday is as stress free as possible :)
Written 30 November 2021
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Michael B
2 contributions
Hands down the best experience we had in Australia. The crew were all outstanding, couldn’t do enough for us and were so knowledgeable about all aspects of the islands and reef. The vessel is well kitted out, very comfortable and the food was excellent. The diving was fabulous for both myself as an instructor with 500+ dives and for my partner, a novice with 10 dives and the kit is in excellent condition. The experience of overnighting on the reef was magical and the whole experience truly unforgettable.
Written 16 August 2023
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Res C
Hi, That is awesome that you had an amazing time on Kiana. Brent and his crew certainly know all of the good spots to go to and are passionate about sharing their love for the reef and the Whitsundays. Thank you for sharing and I will pass onto Brent and crew :)
Written 22 August 2023
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