Sailing the Whitsundays with The Hammer + Video

Its on everyone's bucket lists right?
If not, it bloody well should be! 
Sailing around the Whitsundays is just paradise, absolute heaven. 
& if you pick the right boat for you it'll make your trip even better.

But if you've been living under a rock & have ZERO clue of what the Whitsundays are then shame on you ... feast your eyes on this

Gorgeous right?
The Whitsundays are a collection of 74 drop-dead gorgeous islands just off the East Coast of Australia & is home to the famous Whitehaven beach. 
You can book yourself a day, weekend or week long trip in numerous places departing from Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach. 

All the boats cater for different budgets, tastes, ages, vibes etc so make sure you read up before booking, if you're after an alcohol-free zone with all the relaxing & chill then you might want to avoid The Clipper. But if you're a backpacker looking for fun then go ahead!

I hopped on board The Hammer, a 2 day 1 night sail boat that was a perfect mix of chill & party vibes.

Your first day aboard The Hammer sees you sailing through some beautiful bays & islands within the Whitsundays. Soak up the suns rays on deck and crack out some drinks to toast the next couple of days. Or in our case, the copious amounts of beers, gin & goon! 
Enjoy a guided hike up to Hill Inlet, where you get your first glimpse of one of the most famous beaches in the world ... Whitehaven.
Its pure silica white sands are renowned!

Take a few hours to explore the beaches and swim in the ocean or in small lagoons full of wildlife. See if you can spot any of the stingrays or baby lemon sharks. 

Spend the late afternoon sailing towards your anchor-point for the night; Hook Passage. 
Enjoy your snacks & meals the crew prepare for you, & enjoy more drinks and fun with everyone on board as the sun sets & the stars come out.
There are sharks in this area, so no matter how tempted you are to bend overboard & dip your head in the water to talk to the fish, maybe resist. 
I saved Billy's life by dragging his head out of the water as a shark swam for him.
You're welcome Billy :)

Day 2 commences with an early start but you can't really complain when you get to enjoy your breakfast with views for days. 

Today is a jam-packed day with more exploring and time to get those stinger suits back on & test out the snorkel-set. 
There are 2 snorkel sites, both offering beautiful corals and marine life. 
Langford Spit was my absolute favourite, the location was beautiful but I got to swim with a turtle here! 

At long last its time for one last sail back to Abell Point Marina (you might even be lucky enough to have a go at sailing yourself!) & bid farewell to The Hammer, its amazing crew & your new friends. 

What to take with you:
Pack yourself a small daybag / rucksack filled with your overnight essentials.
Towel, swimwear are a must 
Its a BYO policy so make sure you stop off at the bottle-o before you board.
& NO glass so either bring cans, goon or pour your spirits into plastic bottles.
The snorkel sites are beautiful so make sure you've got your GoPro or waterproof cameras packed so you can share what you see! 
All meals are included & cooked by the crew so you'll be well fed but feel free to bring along some snacks if you know you'll get extra hungry.

Click below to watch my Whitsundays trip with The Hammer! 

G Goes Global - Australia #10 Sailing The Whitsundays - GoPro Hero 3+ Silver from G Goes Global on Vimeo.
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Thanks for reading & happy travels 

♡ G

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  1. Thank you for sharing your experience! Whitsundays island is the gorgeous place for sailing. I also have an amazing experience of Whitsundays sailing and camping near Brisbane.

  2. great site