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Whitsunday Escape

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Airlie Beach, Australia
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About Whitsunday Escape
A bareboat sailing holiday with Whitsunday Escape! Whitsunday Escape is Australia’s biggest bareboat charter boat company specialising in skipper yourself charters. You can rent a boat and sail/drive it yourself without the assistance of a professional skipper or crew. The boats are fully self-contained. You don’t need a boat licence or sailing qualification to hire a bareboat, just some boating experience, and if you want to sail, you also need some sailing experience. With its countless anchorages, deserted beaches, pristine coral reefs, and island resorts that welcome visiting boats the Whitsunday Island group is one of the finest cruising destinations in the world. The Whitsunday Escape charter base is located at Coral Sea Marina Resort in Airlie Beach on the Queensland Coast, approximately halfway between Brisbane and Cairns at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
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james j wrote a review Sep 2021
Sydney, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
5 nights bareboat charter on a yacht through Whitsundays escape. Well it had been a dream and it had to happen... and it did. So first up i found the whole booking process easy and the team in the office a delight to deal with, gentle reminders before about what needed to be done and considered... phone calls and questions answered... good advice. The introduction to the boat was thorough small issues dealt with straight away - the boat was clean and presented really well, we asked for some extra sailing training and again too this was organized and left us feeling more confident in our abilities. Throughout the trip whenever advice was sought on better anchorages for conditions it was given - so reassuring to know it's there if needed. And upon returning the boat the handover was dealt with in a efficient manner by a really happy chilled out staff member - all in all every single employee i dealt with on this charter came across as friendly and professional and honest and seemed to go above and beyond to ensure us as the clients felt safe and comfortable and they done everything in there power to help us create a magical holiday. All that glitters isn't gold.... sometimes its the sun on the water... but you won't see it unless you get yourself out there and i'd recommend Whitsunday escape to do it with. Whitsunday escape team thank you... all of you.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from whitsundayescape, Public Relations Manager at Whitsunday Escape
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for that glowing review, we appreciate your kind words and more so that you had a phenomenal trip with us! At Whitsunday Escape we pride ourselves on great customer service and every effort goes to ensuring you have the absolute best time out on the water. Our staff's local knowledge proves invaluable, it takes the pressure from our customers as they know they are getting the best advice. Please come and sail with us again in the future :)
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Katie T wrote a review Sep 2021
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I loved the freedom that our Whitsunday Escape weekend gave us. We could explore all day around the beautiful Islands and relax as the sun went down. The boat was so spacious and handled the windy weather we had so well. I would highly recommend this experience and think everyone should out it on their bucket list.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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MarieW403 wrote a review Sep 2021
Mitcham, Australia6 contributions2 helpful votes
Awesome week aboard a fabulous yacht. Whitsunday Escape were a pleasure to deal with and ensured that we were on top of everything to have a highly enjoyable week of sailing. The yacht was in excellent order, very clean and comfortable and before departure they went through everything with us to ensure that we knew how everything worked, and that we knew what we were doing! Very professional and very helpful and friendly to deal with, with particular thanks to Lachy who got us out on the water and Amy who saw us back in. Would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from whitsundayescape, Public Relations Manager at Whitsunday Escape
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for those great comments! It's our aim to help get you set up and confident on your boat, before beginning your adventure at sea. This ensures you are in control of your own holiday, which is what bareboating is all about. We are very proud of our briefing team, and will pass on your thanks to both Lachlan & Amy.
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Juanita L wrote a review Sep 2021
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From the time we booked until the day we returned we received 5 star service from each and every staff member. Our boating experience was the ultimate and we couldn’t have asked for more from snorkeling, fishing, beaches and pristine waters and reef. Seeing whales, dolphins, turtles, sting rays and aboriginal paintings it was one of the best vacations we have ever done. We HIGHLY recommend anyone who needs a break and thinking of a great getaway to make the booking.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from whitsundayescape, Front Office Manager at Whitsunday Escape
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Juanita Thank you for your lovely review about your recent charter in August :-) There are so many things to see & do when chartering through the Whitsunday waters, especially in the winter months! We look forward to welcoming you back for another charter someday soon.
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Yalasanctuary wrote a review Aug 2021
Tweed Heads, Australia1 contribution
We chartered a 38ft sailing cat with Whitsunday Escape and absolutely couldn’t fault the company and experience. It was amazing from start to finish. All the staff were awesome (especially Lachlan) and very experienced skippers themselves, the booking process was super smooth, safety a top priority, the boat perfect and the Whitsunday Islands themselves just beautiful. We had our 2 boys ages 6 and 8 and we all LOVED it. If u r thinking about it, do it and do it with Whitsunday Escape. We will be back ASAP. Laura, Dallas, Hunter and Beau.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from whitsundayescape, Public Relations Manager at Whitsunday Escape
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Laura, Dallas, Hunter and Beau! We are so pleased you enjoyed your charter with us on Happy Cat (the Seawind 1160 4) last month. Thank you for your kind words - All of our staff pride themselves in providing the best possible experience for our customers :-) If you're wanting to travel with us again in 2022, we would highly recommend getting in touch sooner rather than later!
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