The Whitsundays is the perfect location for bareboating with kids. The islands offer tranquil waters, safe harbours, beautiful weather, pristine environments and loads of opportunities for kid-friendly activities.
Bareboating is a family holiday which brings everyone together. You can tailor your trip to suit your interests, exploring the world-class Whitsundays at your own pace and in your own way.
In this post, we go through common questions travelling families ask our team, including safety considerations, experience concerns and ways to keep the kids happy on and off the boat.
The term bareboat refers to a yacht that doesn’t come with a crew. In other words, it’s a charter yacht you skipper yourself, and it's incredibly adventurous.
Unplugging from screens, living on the ocean, and exploring tropical islands or even holiday resort islands is loads of fun for kids. And as every parent knows, when the kids are happy, entertained and worn out at the end of the day - it's a great holiday!
Many of our charterers are families and groups of families who are friends. It's not uncommon to see three generations or two families with kids hire a catamaran.
If you're planning on sharing a yacht with another family, per head, it works out to be a very cost-effective holiday.
When you go bareboating there are activities for everyone to enjoy. You’re not just going sailing, you are also going snorkelling, fishing, paddling, hiking and exploring secluded beaches. If you’re in the Whitsundays, you might even enjoy some resort hoping too.
Check out this list of things to do around the Whitsundays.
Taking your family on a yacht charter is the ultimate bonding experience. You're all together, away from the stresses of everyday life and away from technology. A bareboat family holiday is centred around running a boat and keeping everything "ship-shape" - the type of thing that brings everyone together.
Unlike going to a resort or hiring a holiday house, when you hire a private yacht, you can see different places from the comfort of your own mobile home on the water.
One of our recent charters said the most challenging decision was choosing if they would stay another day at the beautiful beach they were already on or move around the corner to a new one.
There's no age limit for bringing children on a bareboating holiday, and it's possible to enjoy a sailing holiday with children of any age.
While some teenagers may scoff at being on a boat with mum and dad, they will be surprised at how much they enjoy the experience.
Sailing is an activity that gets the adrenaline going and gives a massive sense of accomplishment. It is also an activity a teenager can be in control of. We highly recommend that teenagers be involved in the boat briefing; They are extremely valuable crew members.
Primary school age is the best age for bareboating! They love being involved and feeling like they have meaningful tasks, not to mention all of the activities they can do, such as snorkelling, jumping off the boat and kayaking.
Understandably, many families wanting to bareboat with a toddler are concerned if their little ones will be safe. Adult supervision is always required on a boat, so you will need to allocate a crew member to babysit.
We have found that the younger kids are the most adaptable and are happy to go on any adventure as their family is with them and still in their sleep routines.
As a bonus, from all reports, young kids sleep well on boats; the rocking has a calming effect.
You will need to decide between a monohull sailing yacht or a catamaran for your bareboat adventure.
Most families prefer to hire catamarans because they offer more space on deck. You will find that a catamaran is also more stable with a larger enclosed deck space. Kids will also love hanging out on the trampoline.
You may be thinking that a sailing yacht is a small space, and it could be challenging to have everyone living on top of each other, but you'll be spending most of your days off the boat and doing activities so you will be able to give each additional space. Yachts are more cost effective than catamarans.
A bareboating holiday can be tailored to suit any level of sailing experience. Before you take the yacht on your charter, you're briefed by a professional who will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions. You will also be given constant radio support throughout your trip.
If you have sailed before and love the adventurous, liveaboard lifestyle then bareboating in the Whitsundays is the holiday for you and your family.
If no one in your family has ever sailed, it's best if you choose a motor cruiser or a catamaran. You don't need to sail the boat; you can simply cruise with the motor.
If you are still unsure about your ability to manage a bareboat yacht, you can hire a professional sail guide to take you out for a day or two. Or you can find a local sailing school and learn the basics of sailing before your bareboat holiday.
Talk to our friendly staff, and we will be able to adapt your charter to help you feel at ease.
Bareboating is an activity that is safe if you have clear safety parameters in place for your family.
Communicating about safety is important. You could start talking with your kids about safety on boats before your trip. Take them through their own safety briefing when you first get on your charter yacht. If necessary, you could also have a mini safety meeting each morning over breakfast to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Teach children respect for the ocean, wind and surrounding elements. Don’t scare them, but remind the kids that falling into the ocean from a boat is not the same as into a pool.
One of the reasons the Whitsundays are such a fantastic family holiday destination is because of the countless things there are to do around the Islands. Plan a kid-friendly itinerary and ask the kids for their input, making sure there are lots of activities planned for off the boat. If you bring the kids in early to the conversation they will get very excited about the trip.
There are many family accommodation options in Airlie Beach, but the place that most families rave about is The Big 4 Adventure Park. It's been voted one of the best kid-friendly resorts in Australia. The water park is full of slides and pools for all ages, there are mini-golf, an animal farm and daily activities. It's the perfect place to keep the kids entertained so the parents can relax.
Bareboating in the Whitsundays is a fantastic family holiday full of new experiences and adventure. Please let us know if you have any questions about taking your kids on a Bareboating charter; we love supporting several generations to experience the Whitsundays together.
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