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Big Mama Sailing

Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
+61 437 206 360
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Perfect way to see Magnetic Island

We loved our day on Big Mama with Lisa, Stu and Fletcher. The tour took us all the way around... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
FrauSchmitt100
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Frankfurt, Germany
Great sailing trip with Big Mama

We enjoyed our trip with the Big Mama very much. We met Stu on the beach and on board we got a warm... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Henri S
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Ede, The Netherlands
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SAILING MAGNETIC ISLAND, QUEENSLAND. Big Mama is a 18m(60ft) Adams sailing vessel. Small Personalised groups of 12 MAX. We welcome you into our home and the opportunity to explore and sail Magnetic Island,enjoy watching the sunset on our Sunset Sails and Sail with the Humpback Whales(seasonal).Water activities include Snorkeling, sailing, boom netting, kayaks and paddle boards. Private Sailing Charters are also available. Our Sail options: Full day Adventure Island Sail- Circumnavigate Magnetic Island; Sunset Sail- 2 hours of sailing; Half Day Adventure Island Sail-Explore bays/beaches only accessible by boat; Overnight Sails- 4-5 guests; Private Charters- Private Charters are available for all our sail options. Our Reef Sail from Magnetic Island or Townsville will be private charter only & we are happy to sail Big Mama to Mission Beach or Mourilyan Harbour for Private Charter too. We are a small family owner/operator and family friendly. This is our lifestyle, not a JOB. WE ONLY OFFER SNORKELING ON ALL OUR CRUISES.
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Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved our day on Big Mama with Lisa, Stu and Fletcher. The tour took us all the way around Magnetic stopping at various snorkeling spots. We also stopped at Norris Bay to do a bit of kayaking, SUPing and the kids on board played...More

Thank FrauSchmitt100
Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so glad you loved your day with us. Humpback Whales are a BONUS on all our sail options and so far this season we have been very lucky to see them most days either close by or breathing in the distance. Exploring the...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our trip with the Big Mama very much. We met Stu on the beach and on board we got a warm welcome from Lisa. We made a trip around Magnetic Island. It was a beautiful day with lots of sun, unfortunatily there was...More

Thank Henri S
Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We love welcoming you into our home Big Mama, and we are glad you felt comfortable and enjoyed your time with us. There was absolutely NO wind on the day you were with us, but the bonus is- very calm seas, better visibility for snorkeling...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the best day sailing around beautiful Magnetic Island on Big Mama. Lisa and her family were so welcoming and really made sure we got the most out of the day with kayaking, SUPing and boom net activities as well which I hadn't realised...More

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Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We love having locals on board Chrissy & thank you for taking the time to write a review.Overall, our Full day Adventure Island Sail is the best way to Circumnavigate Magnetic Island in style and with no real planned itinerary, as we try and work...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A fabulous sunset cruise in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island with Lisa, Stu, Fletcher and Coco. Thank you for having us aboard your beautiful yacht/home. You made us feel very welcome and we loved your hospitality. An excellent antipasto plate Lisa!! Will definitely sail again with...More

Thank Tracey0903
Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Tracey. Our Sunset Sails are so relaxing and a perfect way to enjoy the SUNSET and the end of the day. Big Mama is beautiful and once you set foot on her, you instantly feel...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner, 9 year old daughter and I had an exceptional experience on this lovely boat with a warm, accommodating and thoughtful crew - a family who live on their boat! Even with sea dog! The island is even more beautiful from the water. We...More

Thank rjboyce
Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Our Adventure Island Sail is a great way to enjoy the diversity of Magnetic Island by circumnavigating the island. The beautiful bays and beaches only accessible by boat are stunning, snorkeling the fringing reef is enjoyable and seeing marine life like turtle, dugong, dolphin and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For all those people who want to get out there quick, get as sea sick as all hell. This trip is not for you!!!. Take your time, listen to the creak of the wood, the flutter of sails, the smells of Lisa's fantastic cooking, you...More

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Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

A day on board Big Mama can be action packed and relaxing at the same time. We offer so many activities to suit everyone- sailing, snorkeling, exploring, relaxing, paddle boarding, kayaks and boom netting OR just sit back in a bean bag and do nothing....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, children(aged 6 & 4) & I spent a full day on Big Mama with Stu, Lisa and Fletcher(little Coco too).The crew were friendly and we felt like we were sailing with friends.We enjoyed snorkeling at 2 locations and saw many fish and some...More

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Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

A highlight on Magnetic Island....thank you and that means a lot to us! We cater for families, solo travellers, friends, couples,private groups........we are happy to modify and ensure we cover all areas of our sails that everyone is having a great time. We are so...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I had a day out with Stu, Lisa & Fletch a few years ago in Mission Beach and decided to head out again when we holidayed at Magnetic Island. Wow, still amazing and the offerings of snorkelling, sailling and kayaking were awesome....More

Thank Peter A
Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We loved seeing you and your family again. We appreciate our return guests and we feel happy,that you have returned for a another Big Mama Sailing experience in a different location. We offer an amazing experience around Magnetic Island and we are so lucky to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great day out with Lisa, Stu and Fletcher. Sailing with the three is like being out on the water with family or friends. Great way to see Magnetic Island, experience its wildlife (dolphins, turtles, reef fish) and enjoy the beautiful remote beaches...More

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Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Totally agree( we offer a highlight experience).....what we offer on Big Mama Sailing is unique and having a FULL day exploring Magnetic Island allows us to enjoy the day without rushing and being on a time schedule. We invite you into our home and I...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

LIsa, Stu, Fletcher and Coco are super accommodating hosts. We enjoyed their generous hospitality, service and company. The cruise successfully captured the sunset over the sea from Magnetic Island. Thank you for allowing us to share your beautiful boat. We enjoyed the whole experience immensely.More

Thank WendyShoemark
Lisa210974, Owner at Big Mama Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Wendy and we are so glad you thought we were accommodating,our service and company was professional & enjoyable. The sunsets in Horseshoe Bay are amazing and the bay provides calm sea conditions for a enjoyable Sunset Sail. Thank you for taking the time...More

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Liz G
9 June 2016|
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Response from Herma L | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on the weather, I booked about a week before. Lisa will keep you informed if the trip is off because they only sail in winds up to 20 knots.
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bettyrubble
16 September 2015|
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Response from Lisa210974 | Property representative |
Hi Betty,Thankyou for your interest.We have many reef sites all perfect for snorkelling and on the outer reef.We visit 2 spots for diversity in the reef & marine life.Please email us directly if you need anymore information... More
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hkilber
30 May 2015|
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Response from Lisa210974 | Property representative |
Hi Helen, Thanks for email & interest in sailing on board Big Mama.We would love you all to sail with us.We are a family friendly vessel & we have many children sail with us from all ages.We have many options for... More
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