The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is at your own leisurely pace, so discover unrivaled biodiversity and breathtaking natural beauty from the comfort of your own boat. Taking a luxury yacht charter to the Great Barrier Reef is the most exciting way to see it all and more. A private yacht charter in Australia grants you access to hundreds of secluded islands and exclusive points of embarkation that are out of reach for most.
1. Getting up Close: See Whales, Coral Gardens, and Sea Turtles
Experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world with your own private access. Taking a yacht to the Great Barrier Reef grants you the option to to choose where, when, and how you’ll explore one of the largest monuments made by organic life on Earth. Having a private yacht on the Great Barrier Reef allows for smooth sailing between biodiverse island destinations and coral reef gardens. It also offers more opportunities for up-close encounters with marine life when you’re traveling with a flexible itinerary.
The life that thrives across the reefs is the greatest treasure to be seen. Sea turtles, manta rays, giant clams, an abundance of birds, fishes, and marine species can be found across the coral gardens and pristine beaches of the surrounding islands. The Great Barrier Reef also attracts 10,000 whales migrating to warm waters for the Australian winter and makes the area an ideal location for whale watching.
Besides the unlimited wonders growing in these tropical waters, the islands are home to an abundance of exotic species in wildlife preserves, bird sanctuaries, and national parks. During the month of March, sea turtle eggs hatch on the shores of the surrounding islands, offering an incredible opportunity to witness the young sea turtles on their race back to the ocean. Humpback whales can be spotted off the island of Cairn from June to September, and having your own boat makes it a cinch to reach them.
Customizing your Great Barrier Reef trip with a yacht allows for unlimited island excursions to marine watching destinations.
2. Getting Your Feet Wet: Kayak, Snorkel, and Dive the Coral Reefs
The Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate diver’s paradise that expands across an underwater kingdom the size of a small country. With various diving-off points, you’ll have the opportunity to select dives or key areas of interest to snorkel. You can dive and snorkel warm, shallow waters full of vibrant marine life, and even photograph the scenery below.
Taking a private yacht to the Great Barrier Reef gives you 24-hour access to the comforts of the sea. Stop and swim with any dolphin, and kayak the crystal-clear shorelines to reach each secluded island destination. At Cape Tribulation, two World Heritage Sites meet at Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef to provide kayakers with unique island inlets and coral reef coves to explore.
Among the many must-dive spots of the Great Barrier Reef, Ribbon Reef hosts calm, clear waters and an array of exotic species. Schools of brilliant blue surgeonfish and giant trevally can be found throughout Challenger Bay, and Cod Hole gives underwater photographers a new subject—the easygoing potato cod. Lighthouse Bommie is another diving spot along Ribbon Reef where divers can venture out into submerged landscapes full of a rich collection of macro marine life and whales in the wintertime. It near Lighthouse Bommie that many divers have the opportunity to swim alongside minke whales during the months of June and July.
Each underwater adventure in the Great Barrier Reef opens a whole new world of discovery.
3. Island Hopping: Indulge in White, Sandy Beaches and the Local Catch
Islands of white sands and warm turquoise waters can be found across the Great Barrier Reef—each island a gem with it’s own unique charm. One of the top reasons to see the Great Barrier Reef with a yacht is having access to just about anywhere imaginable. There’s no reason to limit yourself when you can easily traverse the greater area.
Island hop across Whitsunday islands, which provide a smooth path with natural protection from the elements and a number of marinas to dock and experience the local cuisine. The fresh catch of the day and picturesque white sands of Whitehaven Beach make evenings along shores of the Great Barrier Reef just as indulgent as a day’s dive.
Having boat access to the chain of islands allows you to discover your own personal paradise.
4. Sleeping on the Reef: Dream Beneath an Endless Horizon of Stars
Just when you thought the sunset revealed the Great Barrier Reef at its best, the sky opens up to an endless horizon of stars by night. Stargazing on a clear night is an experience in itself and provides one of the most stunning and uninterrupted views of the luminous Milky Way, full of stars, constellations, and visible planets.
Some destinations for stargazing include Green Island, where there are fewer city lights and ideal stargazing conditions. Port Douglas also hosts an observatory at Thala Beach, which offers stargazing tours with a local to guide and a telescope for you to take a closer look. But there’s no need to even leave the yacht for this unique opportunity to experience the spectacle that is the Milky Way on the Great Barrier Reef by night.
A night’s sleep on the reef with an endless horizon of stars completes the perfect dream.
5. Stepping off the Beaten Path: No Limits!
The Great Barrier Reef is a wondrous world of marine life and natural beauty just waiting to be discovered with over 900 islands and 2,900 individual reefs to explore. Each island and local species thrives within one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. The ability to customize your experience to encompass the most exciting excursions is made possible with the luxury of a yacht.
An abundance of Great Barrier Reef isles, such as Lizard Island, allow you get acquainted with the local ecosystems with the help of a marine biologist. Trek the mangroves, grassy hills, and beaches of Lizard Island, a small island and national park named for its many lizard species. Lizard Island is regarded as a sacred place, and in the past, it served as the location of initiation rites for the original inhabitants, the Dingaal Aboriginal people. Lizard Island is one of many islands of legend said to have been created in the “Dreamtime”, and it took the form of a stingray with nearby islands forming its tail—a gigantic, living tribute to capture the magnificence that is the Great Barrier Reef.
The extravagance of every excursion is up to the imagination.
Plan the trip of a lifetime with your own private yacht on the Great Barrier Reef. It’s possible to choose your vessel and customize your itinerary with the help of our yacht charter specialists.