Sail the legend, Derwent Hunter, to the northern bays of the Whitsunday Islands. After a delicious morning tea, visit the private mooring at the first of our two stops for the day. We visit sheltered bays near Hook Island, where customers can snorkel straight from the beach, and explore the shoreline of the island. Many lucky customers get the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with turtles. During the winter months, whales sightings are quite common. Humpback whales and pilot whales visit the Whitsundays every year from approximately June – September.

Return to the vessel for a hearty buffet lunch, before helping to raise the sails and sail back to shore across the Whitsunday Passage, with a cold beer or wine in hand, from our licensed bar.

Actual itinerary subject to weather conditions – as this is a REAL sailing adventure.

  • 7.30am – Meet at Abell Point Marina South Village next to Hemingway’s Restaurant
  • 8am – Depart Abell Point Marina South (courtesy bus pick ups provided), in the heart of Airlie Beach. Set sail across the Whitsunday Passage, help the crew raise the sails or sit back and relax, enjoying the spectacular scenery.
  • 10.30 am – Enjoy a scrumptious morning tea, with chocolate cake, biscuits and seasonal treats before heading ashore at Hook Island for snorkelling and beach combing. Alternatively, relax at the beach or from a shady spot on deck and watch the morning activities.

  • 1.30 pm – Return to the vessel for a delicious buffet lunch of cold meats, salads and tropical fruits
  • 2.00 pm – Depart under sail to return across the Whitsunday Passage. Buy a drink from our licenced bar and enjoy afternoon cheese & fruit platters as you sail home
  • 4.30pm – Returns to Abell Point Marina South Village for bus pick up

Where do we go?

We visit various locations on Hook Island. Our itinerary is weather dependent, of course, so if conditions permit, we might find ourselves at other locations like Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island, or Langford and Black Islands.

Guests will get plenty of time to enjoy snorkelling and beach activities.

Derwent Hunter Tallship Adventures Whitsunday Islands map

From ship to shore

We use two tenders to ferry our guests from the ship to the beach. It’s fast and easy, and it means guests get to step into the water from the beach in their own time.

What’s on the menu?

On Derwent Hunter’s fully catered day trip, you will get a delicious buffet lunch, and morning and afternoon tea.

The selection includes cold meats such as chicken and ham, and a variety of gourmet salads.

Morning tea includes sweets like chocolate cake and biscuits.

Afternoon tea is a tasty antipasto plate with dips and tropical fruit.

Soft drinks, bottled water and chocolate bars are available to purchase on board. Beer and wine can be purchased from our on board licensed bar from lunchtime onwards.