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Derwent Hunter Eco-Sail & Snorkel​

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Traditional Sailing and Snorkel Fringing Reefs

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  • Book Here to Earn Eco-Rewards
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  • Singles, Couples and Families
  • Departs Daily
  • 8:00am ⇢ 4:30pm
  • 17 passengers
  • Lunch + Morning/Afternoon Tea
We Love the Derwent Hunter

Set sail from Airlie Beach to discover the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on a legendary tall ship steeped in history.

The multi award winning Derwent Hunter offers a hands on sailing experience together with a knowledgeable crew, including marine biologists and Master Reef Guides.

Exploring lesser known destinations and snorkel fringing coral reefs around Hook Island and lounge onboard taking in the pristine island seascapes.

 This is a real Aussie Tall Ship experience perfect for couples, singles, friends and families.

Your cruise will include the following highlights;

  • Beautiful Whitsundays Destinations
  • Sail a Real Aussie Tall Ship
  • Snorkel Fringing Island Reefs
  • Help Collect Conservation Data
  • Discover Wonderful Marine Life
  • Eco Guide Talks
  • Yummy Food


Departs from Abel Point Marina;

  • Daily
  • Departure Time: 8:00am
  • Returns: 4:30pm
What is Included:
  • Hands on traditional sailing or just relax
  • Explore Hook Island and surrounding areas in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Two hours snorkelling on fringing reefs
  • Delicious buffet Lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Courtesy bus transfers
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Sunsuit/wetsuit

Derwent Hunter Eco Sail & Snorkel Adventure. The best days sailing in the Whitsundays.

What you need:
  • Appropriate clothing (in winter pack a hoody/jacket)
  • Swim wear and beach towel
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Please consider a Sustainable Water Bottle
  • Please use Coral Safe Sunscreen
  • Camera/Phone
  • Bare feet preferred for boat, plus soft sole, closed in shoes for walking ashore
Derwent Hunter Eco Sail Itinerary:
Airlie Beach → Airlie Beach | Departs Daily at 8:00am

Sail the legend, Derwent Hunter, to the northern bays of the Whitsunday Islands.

After a delicious morning tea, visit the private mooring at the first of our two stops for the day. We visit sheltered bays near Hook Island, where customers can snorkel straight from the beach, and explore the shoreline of the island. Many lucky customers get the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with turtles.

During the winter months, whales sightings are quite common. Humpback whales and pilot whales visit the Whitsundays every year from approximately June – September.

Return to the vessel for a hearty buffet lunch, before helping to raise the sails and sail back to shore across the Whitsunday Passage, with a cold beer or wine in hand, from our licensed bar.

Derwent Hunter Eco Sail & Snorkel Adventure. The best days sailing in the Whitsundays.

How Your Day Looks:
  • 07.30am – Meet at Abell Point Marina South Village next to Hemingway’s Restaurant
  • 08:00am – Depart Abell Point Marina South (courtesy bus pick ups provided), in the heart of Airlie Beach. Set sail across the Whitsunday Passage, help the crew raise the sails or sit back and relax, enjoying the spectacular scenery.
  • 10.30am – Enjoy a scrumptious morning tea, with chocolate cake, biscuits and seasonal treats before heading ashore at Hook Island for snorkelling and beach combing. Alternatively, relax at the beach or from a shady spot on deck and watch the morning activities
  • 01.30pm – Return to the vessel for a delicious buffet lunch of cold meats, salads and tropical fruits
  • 02.00pm – Depart under sail to return across the Whitsunday Passage. Buy a drink from our licensed bar and enjoy afternoon cheese & fruit platters as you sail home
  • 04.30pm – Returns to Abell Point Marina South Village for bus pick up
Note: There are no set itineraries as the trips vary according to the weather, allowing for a customised and personalised experience.
Important Information
  • Itineraries may be subject to change dependant on weather and other circumstances
  • Prices are in Australian Dollars (AU$)
  • Each passenger must have a clear understanding of safety directions and instructions given in English by the crew and be able to complete the required safety forms in English.
    A passenger is only able to participate in water activities if they have a level of swimming experience.
    If a passenger is unable to swim they will still be able to participate in the sailing trip, but will not but able to participate in water activities such as snorkelling. 
    In order to meet our minimum safety standards, passengers must be able to exit the vessel unassisted in the unlikely case of an emergency.
    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 48 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee

We recommend you purchase travel insurance which would cover for such things as Road Closures, flight,  bus or tour cancellations
Get a quote now on our travel insurance page

Eco-Certification Awards

The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.

✓ Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism

Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

✓ Climate Action Business

Businesses have undertaken a set of adaption and emissions reduction actions but are not necessarily measuring their carbon footprint.​

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Tree Hugger Travel invest in rebuilding biodiversity hotspots around the world by funding land acquisition through the highly respected World Land Trust and their projects.

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How Do We Do That ?

We fund it with Your travel bookings and our eco-rewards programme.

  • Every dollar earns an eco-reward
  • For example: Spend $100 ⇢ Earn 100 eco-rewards
  • Reaching 750 eco-rewards will enable us to fund the permanent protection of 1/4 Acre of Real Rainforest in Real Places.
  • Continue earning and every 750 eco-rewards Tree Hugger Travel will continue protecting.

☆ Recognising Your Contribution ☆

You made this happen and in recognition, You will receive a colourful and informative gift pack by post.

This includes a personalised certificate, information about the project you supported and a letter from World Land Trust thanking you for Your support.

More information? Head to our Eco Rewards Programme page.


Ecotourism Australia-Advanced Ecotourism Certification. This is the highest level of eco certification available.
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Tour Prices

  • Adult: $195
  • Student: $175
  • Child: $99
  • Family: $525
  • Adult Hot Deal: $175

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Your Bookings Save Rainforest

Earn Eco-Rewards that fund the purchase of biologically important threatened rainforests around the world.

We partner with the World Land Trust to make this happen and you, our customers, will receive a personalised certificate in recognition of the land you have helped to save.

Your Bookings Save Rainforest

Earn Eco-Rewards that fund the purchase of biologically important threatened rainforests around the world.

We partner with the World Land Trust to make this happen and you, our customers, will receive a personalised certificate in recognition of the land you have helped to save.

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