The Captain’s Log

“Snailing” along through the Whitsundays

Another magical week on Derwent Hunter, “snailing” conditions with light breezes, great snorkelling, turtles, dolphins and a reef shark, great food and Eco talks with Katy… can’t wait to do it all again next week!

Snailing = sailing at snail’s pace, get it? 😉 hee hee

We’ve been soaking up the sunshine, spreading out towels on deck, and enjoying these divine conditions.

We’ve had 3 whale sightings this week too! They were a little too far away to get a good photo this week, but rumour has it there are about twice as many whales making their way up the coast compared to last year, so we’re hoping for a bumper whale watching season this year.

Tallship Derwent Hunter sailing in the Whitsunday Islands

Snorkelling day trip with tallship sailing in the Whitsundays with Derwent Hunter


Robert Brooke guest on Derwent HunterVisiting the Hunter 50 years on

Wonderful to welcome guests yesterday with a little bit of history of their own, Robert Brooke (with wife Elizabeth) first spent time on the Derwent in the 1960s as a child. His father was a past owner of the boat and he was delighted to see the ship in such magnificent condition. They even left there own mark in the ships log:

“Thank you for a truly fabulous day, it’s been a wonderful trip down memory lane”


Chasing Coral

The Derwent Hunter team watched the premier of the documentary ‘Chasing Coral’ on Wednesday night in Airlie Beach, hosted by the Australian Marine Conservation Society, it was an incredible insight into the world’s coral reefs, and they have captured some incredible footage and completed some amazing studies.

The documentary is now on Netflix, and we can highly recommend you watch it! Check out the trailer, it’s a must-watch!

Chasing Coral is now on Netflix Protect the Great Barrier Reef

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