Backpacker Overnight Sailing on Siska

Combine sailing, exploring and a social get away on this epic Whitsundays trip

Hoist the sails or take the wheel with plenty of opportunities to get involved while seeing the best destinations in the Whitsundays. We will show you the beauty of the underwater world and some seriously fast fun!  

These are our most popular tours for travellers short on time, 18-40s and young-at-heart markets. These tours offer time to explore the islands, including a short visit to the magificient Whitehaven Beach, one or two snorkelling stops on the fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the Islands. We can achieve this incredible itinerary in two days because Maxi's sail fast due to their waterline length and sleek design. For guests who want to be involved, they can help set the sails and have a turn on the wheel. The Captain and crew will provide interpretive information on the Whitsunday Islands and the Marine Park. These tours are Eco Certified. 

Bigger than two London buses, Siska is 80ft / 24.4m long.
Built safe and sturdy thanks to its Around The World racing experience
Fast sailing experience
Permits to Whitsunday Island walks that bigger group operators cannot access
Plenty of shade beneath our deck awning when at anchor
Hot showers and plenty of space beneath deck
Bragging rights about sailing on a world famous Ocean Racing Maxi Yacht & twice Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Winner!

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 18+

Fitness Requirement: Normal fitness and independent mobility required

What's included

  • Meals freshly prepared
  • Open plan dorm style cabins
  • Snorkel gear
  • Wetsuit
  • Bedding and bath towel
  • All Marine and National Park Fees

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Swimmers
  • BYO alcohol (no glass)
  • Beach towel
  • Small bag
  • Jacket/sweater
  • Cap
  • Runners or sandals for island walks


Day 1 : Airlie Beach to Whitsundays
Itineraries are flexible, and this itinerary is an example only. Trips will differ depending on the prevailing breezes and tides. Itineraries are planned by the Captain considering the safety and wellbeing of guests and crew. If you have a special place that you would like to visit, they will do their very best to see what can be done. Depart Abell Point Marina, taking in the tropical air of the wonderful Whitsundays. Over the next two days you will experience an exhilarating sailing experience on an ocean racing maxi yacht which has won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race twice. During your journey you will sail, swim, snorkel, go on a bush walk to Whitehaven Beach and enjoy great food and drinks with your newly-found friends. You will be fed well today with morning and afternoon tea, lunch, a pre-dinner snack and of course dinner. Bring whatever you wish to drink, so long as it's not in glass. Sail across the Whitsunday Passage to Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island where you have the chance to snorkel. Around the southern side of Hook Island, pass through Hook Passage and speed sail your way to Cataran Bay on Border Island. Time to head to the north eastern side of Whitsunday Island to Whitehaven Beach. Take a guided bush walk up to the ever-talked-about Hill Inlet Lookout. Don't forget to bring your camera as this will be a view you will want to capture forever. Your crew will proceed to find you a nice and protected anchorage site for a night of fun. Bunk down with your fellow passengers bellow deck in the shared cabin.
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Whitsundays to Airlie Beach
Wake up the next morning to that clear sea air before it's time for more thrilling sailing back to Airlie Beach. Pass along the western coast of Whitsunday Island, through Hook Passage and follow the eastern coast of Hook Island, passing the Molle Islands allowing you further opportunity for snorkelling and swimming. To help replace all of that adrenalin, you will be fed breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Arrive back into Airlie Beach around 4.30pm (wind dependent).
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch


Departs: Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach at 8:30am
Returns: Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach at 4pm

Check in by 6:00pm the day before departure at Explore Whitsundays Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade Airlie Beach.
Meet at Abell Point Marina by 8:00am for departure

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Sailing

Available Extras

For tours taking place over 24 & 25 Dec 2019 a levy of $20 per person is payable at Check-in.

 From 1st April 2020 GBRMPA and QPWS will collected locally at Check in. The EMC (Environmental Management Charge) cost payable per passenger is $16.00pp. These monies go towards the management, maintenance and protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the National Parks now and in the future.

•                     Overnight tours departing 24th December 2019- returning 2nd January 2020  will incur a local payment once-off fee of $20 per person per night, payable direct in the Reservations Office, at check in.

•                     • Overnight tours departing on Easter 2020 Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday will incur a once-off fee of $20 per person per night, payable direct in the Reservations Office, at check in.

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