- Get up to $80 cash back per person when you book with us
- A 3-day sailing adventure through the Whitsunday islands to the outer Great Barrier Reef
- All accommodation: Vessel cabin (3 Nights)
- Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 3 Morning Teas, 3 Lunches, 2 Afternoon Teas, 2 Dinners
- Explore premium dive sites at the north end of Hook Island & Bait Reef
- Use of all snorkelling equipment (including stinger suits) to explore the incredible underwater world
- Your first dive for certified divers or an intro dive for non-certified divers
- Spend an afternoon relaxing on the silica white sands of Whitehaven Beach
- Take a guided bushwalk through the Whitsunday National Park & visit Hill Inlet lookout
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Environmental Management Fees
- Services of three onboard crew, including a qualified Skipper, Dive Instructor, & Cook/Deckhand
- Departs from the meeting point at Coral Sea South Marina, 1-3 Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach
Please Note: Bookings are on request - should a reservation not be available, our agents will be in contact to reschedule or refund.
- Additional dives
- Drink purchases from the onboard bar
What to Expect
Sail and dive the Whitsunday Islands and Outer Great Barrier Reef on the 16.4m ketch Kiana.
Kiana operates in the Whitsunday area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, a world heritage listed site that stretches from Bundaberg in the south to Cape York in the north. To ensure that you get the most out of your three days in the Whitsundays, Kiana will visit the best locations The Whitsundays has to offer, varying with the conditions on your trip.
Your exact itinerary will vary depending on the season and conditions; however, you'll get to spend plenty of time in the water and exploring the islands.
The Whitsundays are lucky enough to be close to both the inner and outer Great Barrier Reef. The inner reef is the fringing reef you will find around the Islands, and the Outer Reef is a few hours' sail past the islands. All of this is part of The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Bait Reef is an excellent outer reef destination in the Whitsundays and is protected from all forms of fishing under the Great Barrier Reef management plan. Consequently, the area is rich with marine life of all types. In addition, the natural lagoon provides a safe haven for overnight mooring. With an abundance of diverse dive sites, Bait Reef is an Eden for both scuba diving and snorkelling.
Another excellent dive destination is the north end of Hook Island. Sites like Luncheon Bay, Mantaray Bay, and Mackerel Bay will take your breath away with the beautiful soft corals and diversity of marine life. This is also an ideal spot for first-time scuba divers where you can start your diving experience from a gentle beach.
Kiana is fully equipped for both snorkelling and scuba diving, so all you need to bring is a smile. It has an onboard high-capacity dive compressor, so your diving will not be limited to the number of spare scuba tanks the boat can carry, as is the case with most sail and dive vessels.
Your trip includes your first dive and use of all required scuba equipment. To dive as a Certified Diver on Kiana, you will need to be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. Alternatively, you'll also have access to snorkelling equipment to see the reef from a different perspective.
You will also get to spend an afternoon on Whitehaven Beach, world-renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches. Your trip also includes a guided bushwalk through the Whitsunday National Park to visit Hill Inlet lookout, where the views can only be described as spectacular.
Kiana carries a maximum of 12 passengers, ensuring you never feel crowded. The crew comprises a qualified Skipper, Dive Instructor and Cook/Deckhand, so you'll never lack attention.
Being a deep draft vessel, Kiana is remarkably roomy below decks. All cabins and the saloon area are fully air-conditioned to ensure comfortable temperatures in the heat of the tropics. The quality of Kiana's teak finish provides an ambience that cannot be matched by the plastic alternatives.
Kiana has single and double accommodation in a shared cabin, plus private double or twin cabins. There are also two large bathrooms with electric toilets and freshwater showers. The high-capacity hot water system ensures that hot water is always available.
The tropical sun can be very severe, but Kiana provides the best of both worlds with ample deck space for sun-baking, and a huge permanently shaded rear deck where you can cool off. The rear deck also provides protection from the elements on those rare occasions when there is a tropical rain shower.
Finally, all meals are prepared on board and made from fresh ingredients. There's also a licenced bar on board, where you can purchase alcoholic drinks at very reasonable prices.
Where we Visit:
- Great Barrier Reef
- Dive sites such as Bait Reef, Luncheon Bay, Mantaray Bay, or Mackerel Bay
- Whitsunday Island
- Whitehaven Beach
- Hill Inlet Lookout
Frequently Asked Questions
- A sense of fun and adventure!
- Bathing suit and sunhat
- Practical clothing, footwear & sunscreen (min. SPF30+)
- Camera and film
Please put all items in a small soft bag!
The crew has a great menu for you; however, they need to be informed at check-in if you have special dietary requirements. If you have any medical conditions/food allergies, please advise at booking and again at check-in.
Coral Sea Marina (previously Abell Point Marina) has two departure areas shown on your boarding pass after completing your online check-in.
- A taxi is approximately $10
- Buses do go to the Southern end of the Marina, but limited service
- Walking – Bicentennial walk follows the foreshore from Airlie Beach Lagoon. To the Northern end of the Marina is approximately a 15 min walk, and to the Southern end, approximately a 20 min walk
- Driving – there is a council car park at the South end of the Marina where you can leave your vehicle for the duration of your stay at a daily charge
Check-in is done online. A few days before your departure, you will receive a "check-in reminder" email with a "clickable" link to guide you through the check-in process.
Once you have completed your check-in, you will receive your boarding pass for the boat with instructions on how to get to the marina, as well as meeting time and location.
Check-in must be done at least the day before departure. If you have not received your check-in email, please first check your spam folder, and if it is not there either, please contact reservations staff.
Yes, all the vessels have fresh tap water suitable for drinking. However, if you prefer bottled water, you can purchase this on board all vessels. Remember to drink at least 2 litres of water per person per day!
No, fresh linen is provided on all Whitsundays Sailing Adventures cruises, and some vessels even provide bathroom towels. Check-in will let you know if your vessel does. Blankets are available in the cooler months.
At certain times of the year, 'dangerous' jellyfish inhabit these waters, and passengers should take care of their own safety.
'Stinger Season' in the Whitsundays runs annually, generally from October through May. During this period, jellyfish are found in the waters around the mainland and islands and have occasionally been found on the reef.
Passengers entering the water do so at their own risk, and the owners or operators of the vessel will not be liable for any personal injury, illness, death or any other consequences whatsoever of passengers being stung by jellyfish. To minimise this risk, you will be provided with a full-length protective 'Stinger Suit' to wear while swimming and snorkelling during the cruise.
It's highly recommended these be worn all year round, some vessels make it compulsory for the safety of the guests. Not only are they for safety, but they keep you warm in the water, act as sun protection and are an excellent aid for buoyancy while snorkelling.
In order to meet the minimum safety standards, passengers must be able to exit the vessel unassisted in an emergency. For example, they must be able to use a 1.5-metre ladder unassisted, either into the tender vessel or into the saloon area depending on the chosen vessel. Unfortunately, none of the vessels are wheelchair accessible.
- The minimum age is 12 years, but is at the discretion of the boat owner & must be pre-arranged prior to making a booking (may need to provide own snorkel gear)
- Check-in must be done online at least the day before departure
- To dive as a Certified Diver on Kiana you will need to be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
- The Operator cannot be held responsible for any damage, personal injury or loss due to the actions of passengers that are beyond their control
- Any cancellations made within the cancellation period will result in the complete forfeiture of the ticket price
- There is a 14-day cancellation period for all overnight boats (excluding the 5day/4night Dive expedition on Kiana which is 30 days)
- Cancellations made outside this time frame will be refunded in full, minus any credit card/administration fees
- If you have been approved to move your date of travel, and you are within the cancellation period, a $50 per person transfer fee may be applicable
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