Day 1 :
The mighty Atlantic Clipper leaves the Marina at approximately 2:45 pm after an orientation briefing. The vessel's two majestic sails are hoisted before we cruise across Whitsunday Passage past the Molle group of islands along the southern end of Hook Island to Hook Passage, sandwiched between the two largest islands out of the 74 that make up the Whitsundays. Once at the overnight anchorage there is plenty of time to enjoy a swim in the clear, tropical waters. The Clipper’s 12 person hot spa is in full swing but as the day moves into the twilight hours it’s time to enjoy a cold beverage and marvel at the mesmerising sun setting over the islands. By the evening it is time to enjoy a beautiful freshly prepared meal and relax with a few evening drinks up on the spacious top deck. The evening consists of relaxation, chat, games and on most trips dolphins come to hunt and play under our two huge fish spotlights. These majestic creatures are like unpaid crew members as they entertain everyone on board and normally stay beside the boat all night as they playfully chase other marine life as well as each other literally only a few feet from the euphoric passengers. There is also other marine life that is attracted to this fish light such as giant trevally, and other pelagic fish as well as white and blacktip reef sharks. All this is enjoyed under a dazzling blanket of stars unspoilt by the white pollution of towns and cities on land.
Day 2 :
It’s a bright and early start for our Atlantic Clipper trippers at 7:00 am. Passengers are greeted with a full continental breakfast including a delicious fresh fruit platter with honey and yoghurt. The Atlantic Clipper arrives at Whitehaven (Tongue Bay) where an experienced tour guide takes the passengers to Hill Inlet lookout which is the 4th most photographed place in Australia and overlooks the decadent white swirls of hill inlet on Whitehaven Beach. From this lookout point the passengers are then taken to north Whitehaven Beach and have the opportunity to explore the pristine sand first hand, soak up the sun, swim in the azure waters, explore the mangroves for marine life (such as baby lemon sharks and stingrays), polish your jewellery in the 98% pure white silica sand or play beach games with your guide. To enhance your memory of Whitehaven, we have a photographer on hand to capture these special moments, but do also bring your camera’s and GoPro’s and ensure they are fully charged. The passengers return to the vessel around 12:00 pm where your freshly prepared buffet lunch will be served. After a short sail you will arrive to your snorkel and dive destination. With a dedicated dive instructor and arguably the best self-contained dive operation in the Whitsundays there is no shortage of opportunity to explore the magical coral reef. Whether it be snorkelling or scuba diving, this underwater world lights up before your eyes and is the richest marine habitat in the world, the oldest ecosystem on Earth and one of the most beautiful and colourful habitats known. Exploring the reef is obviously a huge highlight for most guests, not only in the trip but as a truly memorable life experience. Slide your way into the second night via the onboard water chute then hit the showers before afternoon snacks and cold beverages are served over sunset. If time allows we try to watch the sunset on a beautiful sandy spit which is nothing short of stunning! The day is capped off with an interactive, light-hearted and informative chart read, which tells all the guests about where we have been, as well as interesting facts about the fauna, flora and underwater life. After dinner the pace of the evening is raised. Party tunes, fancy dress, disco and strobe lights will all be utilised to cement the vibe. With all the preparations in place by the fun and outgoing crew, it’s time for everyone to have a dance, let their hair down and play some organised party games. This is known by the crew as ‘the show’ and it involves singing, dancing and innocent tomfoolery. The fun continues throughout the evening until its lights out at midnight so everyone is fresh and excited for the final day of activities.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 :
The final day starts with a singing wake-up call by one of the crew at 6:00 am as we set sail to our final location where there is more water sliding and diving platform action to be had. You can also have a go at paddle-boarding, banana boat or JetBoat riding (banana boating and jetboating are an additional cost). The anchor is raised at approximately 10:45 am and then back to Airlie Beach for arrival around midday - but not before a thrill ride across the Whitsunday passage as this stretch of water offers the most open and fun options for Clipper’s massive sails. That’s the end of the trip, but it’s not the end of the service we offer because there is an optional exclusive after-party organised at Boaty’s and Boom Nightclub. This is your chance to have one final hoorah with our crew and enjoy VIP discounts on food and drinks. This rounds off the trip and sends our passengers off with a smile to their next destination.