Sunsail Flotillas

Sunsail Flotillas



New horizons, new friends, new anchorages. Sailing to the Great Barrier Reef...   

Queensland’s Coral Coast lies in the protected lee of the Great Barrier Reef and ranks as one of the greatest cruising grounds in the World.

Thousands of adventurers have chartered in the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and Sunsail is now making it possible for charterers to venture further afield.

Explore even more of the fantastic Coral Coast and visit the outer Great Barrier Reef, sailing your vessel in company with other chartered bareboats and with the confidence of knowing that you are guided by an experienced Master Mariner aboard a lead vessel.

Experience Requirements & Guided Options

Each vessel requires one person onboard that has at least ten days or 200 nautical miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht or an RYA Day Skipper. If you are not yet an experienced or confident skipper and would rather someone take the helm for you then you can hire a qualified sail guide for the duration of your flotilla holiday.

Cabins Available Aboard the Lead Vessel

For those who want to journey aboard the lead vessel, with nothing to think about except enjoying the experience, a limited number of berths exist for singles or couples.

Whether you are new to chartering or an old hand

Sunsail Coral Coast & Outer Great Barrier Reef Flotillas offer the next level of sailing experience. Seldom visited spectacular North Coast anchorages, remote coastal resorts and snorkeling on the outer Great Barrier Reef are just part of the adventure.

Flotilla cruising is ideal for couples, families or friends chartering as a group

Pre departure route planning, daily navigation and activity updates, on call support from the lead vessel and open channel radio communications contribute to greater safety and create opportunities for the kind of camaraderie experienced by like-minded people exploring new boundaries together.

What's included?

We’ve created a flotilla package just for you, so all you have to worry about is choosing which of our incredible routes and when.

  • Fully equipped cruising yacht for the duration of your holiday
  • Lead Crew: Skipper & Technician
  • Diesel & outboard fuel
  • Dinghy and outboard
  • All sailing, navigation and safety equipment onboard
  • Fully equipped galley/kitchen
  • Fresh Linen
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Welcome BBQ at our Shute Harbour Base
  • Your dinner ashore on day four
What's not included
  • Provisioning for your Flotilla Bareboat Cruise
  • Optional meals and beverages ashore
  • Mooring and marina fees

Provision yourself on day one prior to boarding your vessel in the afternoon or select from what’s on offer online through Whitsunday Provisioning.  All meals are included for By The Cabin Guests booked aboard the lead

Lead crew support

The lead crew is there to support you. They'll help you cast off each day before heading to that evening's stopover to help you moor when you arrive. You can be as independent as you like with the confidence that the lead crew will be there to lend a helping hand when you need it. They can also recommend the best anchorages, harbours, restaurants and places to visit, ensuring that you make the most of your time on holiday.

Onboard your lead boat will be a skipper and a technician.


Your flotilla skipper is fully qualified and is responsible for the flotilla. They will be on hand at the beginning and end of every day if you need assistance with mooring or casting off. They also hold daily chart briefings to help you make the most of your trip.

*All coastal flotilla routes and programs are subject to prevailing weather conditions which may change daily. Flotilla
participants must understand and accept that plans may have to change in the course for comfort and safety. No individual
destination is guaranteed. We recommend that you to take out travel insurance. Please refer to Sunsail Whitsundays
Booking Terms & Conditions


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Flotilla routes
Types of yachts
44 yrs
Creating vacations
4 hr
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