By day the tour goes to the world-famous Whitehaven beach, a sun-kissed 7km stretch of smooth, silica sand. A meandering swirl of creamy white sand blended with sublime shallow tropical water. A must-see beach that is featured in the top 10 beaches in the world. We also go to the best scuba dive and snorkel locations and with a fantastic permit that allows us to visit places others cannot and the fact we have 2 dive instructors on our trips there is no stopping us!
By night the crew play games with our guests on the second night, affectionately known as ‘The Show’, this is a big highlight for many and involves lots of dancing and some harmless high jinx and ensures a laugh for every type of passenger. It provides a structured, safe platform for everyone to socialise and bond.
The mighty Atlantic Clipper leaves the Marina at approximately 2.30pm and after an orientation briefing the two majestic sails are hoisted and we cruise across Whitsunday Passage past the Molle group of islands along the southern end of Hook Island to Hook Passage which is 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, Sunkist, tropical waters. The Clipper’s 8meter waterslide, 5 meter high dive board and 12 person hot spa are 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 with its fierce orange glaze, emanating crimson rays reflecting off the tranquil crystal clear ocean.
As the day moves through to night it is time to enjoy a beautiful steamed fish supper 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 travelly, and other pelagic fish as well as white and black tip reef sharks. All this is enjoyed under a dazzling blanket of stars unspoilt by the white pollution of towns and cities on land.
It’s a bright and early start for our Atlantic Clipper trippers at 6.30am. Passengers are greeted with a full continental breakfast including a delicious fresh fruit platter. The Atlantic Clipper arrives to Whitehaven for just before 8am and an experienced tour guide takes the passengers to a lookout which is the 4th most photographed place in Australia and overlooks the creamy white decadent swirls of hill inlet on Whitehaven Beach. From this lookout point the passengers are then taken to north Whitehaven Beach and the passengers have the opportunity to explore the pristine sand first hand as well as soak up the sun or play beach games.
To enhance the memory of the captivating allure of Whitehaven, we have a photographer on hand to capture these special moments. The passengers return to the vessel for approximately 11am and after a sail and some lunch arrive to our snorkel and dive destination. With 2 dive instructors 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. After some more jumping, sliding, diving, bombing and belly flopping off the waterslide and dive board. It’s time for a hot shower, afternoon snacks and a cold beverage whilst enjoying a picturesque sunset sail to the overnight anchorage. If time allows we try to watch the sunset on a beautiful sandy spit off an island called Langford 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 what we have done as well as interesting facts about the forna and flora as well as the underwater life.
After dinner the pace of the evening is raised. Party tunes check! Fancy dress, check! Disco and strobe light, check check! With all the preparations in place by the fun and outgoing crew it’s time for everyone to have a dance, let their down and play some organised party games. This is known by the crew as ‘the show’ and it involves singing, dancing and innocent tomfoolery, it’s very interactive and is always a highlight for guests on board. The fun continues throughout the evening until its lights out at 12am so everyone is fresh and excited for the final day activities.
The final day starts with a singing wake-up call by one of the crew at 6.30am, as he is writing this blurb right now I will say he has the voice of an angel!! He is also devilishly handsome too! Then it’s time for a full continental breakfast before scuba diving and snorkel operations commence at 7.30am.
This final location offers a discounted dive for second or third time divers and as well as being cheaper, it’s also a deeper, longer, more challenging dive. After this final goodbye to the coral reef there is more water sliding and diving board action to be had. The anchor is raised at approximately 10am and then back to Airlie Beach for arrival at 12pm 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 in partnership with local businesses we also offer a free didgeridoo and indigenous culture lesson at ‘Opals’ in Airlie Beach. We also have an after party organised where our guests get fed and watered for $5. This rounds off the trip and sends off our passengers with a smile to their next destination.