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Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy for Individual Travellers.

Cancellations from 30 to 60 days of departure will result in loss of 25% of ticket price.
14 to 30 Days before departure, loss of 50% of ticket price.
14 days to departure will result in forfeit of full trip fees.

Where full payment has been made, and we can re sell the space on the departure, we will refund ticket price less 20% (not including commissions or bank fees).  When booking via a Travel Agency, Explore Whitsundays, and the Operator cannot guarantee refund of the deposit paid to the travel agent.

POSTPONEMENT/TRANSFER of a trip by an individual, will be allowed 14 days prior to departure, so long as we have capacity on the alternative date. An Admin Fee ($40) may be appplied to postponements or transfers.  Postponements under 14 days before deparure will be given due consideration based on the merit of the circumstances causing the postponement, such as a medical emergency. In all cases the best advise for a customer is to hold applicable travel insurance and the final discretion remains with the Operator of the tour. 

Please advise guests that the sooner they speak to us in regard to possible delays the easier it is to find suitable options for our guests.

Private Charter Booking Terms and Conditions

Private charter bookings will be confirmed on payment of deposit.
Cancellations greater than 60 days before departure result in loss of 50% of deposit.  
Cancellations 30 to 60 days before departure result in loss of deposit. 

Private charter balance payments to be made in full 30 days before charter commencement.
Cancellations ONCE balance payment has been made, and within 30 days of departure date will result in forfeit of Full Charter Price. 
We highly recommend all charterers have travel insurance to protect against unexpected cancellations.

TRAVEL INSURANCE The Operator strongly recommends that all guests have travel insurance to:

  • Cover valuable items, eg. Cameras, Luggage
  • To protect against unforseen cancellations or late arrival into Airlie Beach for any reason (includes road closures, flight cancellations) which subsequently leads to missing the scheduled departure time
  • Cover medical conditions that may occur during carriage, and the associated extra costs of accessing medical care around the islands, including emergency air evacuation
  • Cover against an emergency where you need to return home urgently, eg. a family member becomes very ill.

For peace of mind guests should understand the fine details of the cover included for the Travel Insurance to ensure that it covers the above.

TICKET PRICES Ticket prices are in $aud. Prices include all Marine and National Park Fees, Services of Crew, Meals, Snorkelling Equipment. Payments with Credit Card will incur a 2% fee. 

LIABILITY Guests should note that Sailing can be a dangerous activity and while our crew will make every effort to ensure guest safety, we cannot be accountable for actions of guests that are beyond our control. Guests will be required to complete a pre departure questionnaire, and sign a travel agreement during the check-in process.  The Operator has the applicable Shipowners insurance to cover public liability for our guests and staff. A Copy of the certificate will be forwarded if required.  Marine stingers can inhabit the waters so we provide wet suits to minimise the risk of a sting.  We request that all guests wear the wet suit before entering the water.

GUEST BEHAVIOUR The Operator has the right to refuse boarding of guests who arrive intoxicated or who are under the influence of illegal substances.  While on Tour, Guests must abide by instructions from the Crew.  Guests must also abide by the Law and public nuisance, harassment, or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.  Guests who refuse to follow instructions and jeopardise the safety and security of Crew, Guests, Themselves or the Vessel may be restrained and / or removed from the tour.  All associated costs of removal will be borne by the guest and no refund of ticket monies will be provided.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION Because many of the tours we offer are low guest numbers with sometimes only 2 crew,  it is very important that the guests have basic English understanding. Guests will spend time snorkelling and swimming and it is critical for their safety that they follow the instructions from the crew, while they are participating in the activities.  If customers cannot understand English, it is important that a companion travelling can speak english and translate for the non english speaking guest. We do have snorkelling summaries in other languages, which are provided for guests to read. If guests have any concerns at all, please contact us.  

OPEN DATED VOUCHERS - Are accepted for 2 day 1 night and 2 day 2 night Maxi Sailing and our 3 day 2 night Adventure Sailing.  Vouchers are valid for 12 months from Issue Date.

Please advise guests travelling on Open Dated Vouchers to book 14 days in advance.  The earlier guests book their tour, the better chance they have of getting the date they request. 

Guests should email bookings@explorewhitsundays.com or ph: 07 4967 7555 with their booking travel date request.  Guests will need to quote their booking reference number at time of making the request.

ITINERARIES AND WEATHER The Operator reserves the right to alter the tour or the itinerary of any of it's tours and organise alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary.  The Operator will always consider the comfort and safety of guests and staff and as a result, some of the Whitsunday Icons may not be visited if the wind, visibility or tidal conditions are not suitable.  If it is raining, our tours still operate, as the guests can still experience the Whitsundays, including swimming and bush walking.  If the winds are light, the tours will still run, however, it will be necessary to use the motors on the boats to get to the stops around the islands.  We do not provide any guarantee that the winds will be consistent and from the correct direction to make sailing always possible.

MINIMUM GUEST NUMBERS - Were we do not meet the minimum number of guests to operate a service, it may therefore be necessary to cancel a scheduled departure and to offer an alternative TOUR of similar or higher standard, or alternatively full refund for that tour. Where a tour of lesser standard is arranged, any difference in the ticket prices will be refunded.

GUEST BED OR CABIN ALLOCATION - We will always try our best to accomodate our guests cabin requests, however, due to operational issues we can never 100% guarantee that the requested cabin or bed will be available.  In the situation where a class of cabin is not available and if a downgrade was the case, refund of the difference in ticket price would be made.  Where multi share cabin classes are advertised and ticket prices are the same, we cannot guarantee the number of beds in the Multi Share cabin.  Where multi share cabin fares are selected, and the guests do not wish to have other guests in the cabin, the only way to guarantee the cabin for sole use of the party is to pay for the additional bed in the cabin. 


The Operator will ask guests to vacate their accommodation and pack up their luggage on the final day, to allow commencement of accommodation servicing. 

For 2 Day 1 Night, 2 Day 2 Night and 3 Day 2 Night Tours, on the final morning after breakfast, guests will be asked for their linen. 

For Solway Lass Guests, after lunch on the final day, guests will be asked to pack their luggage and vacate the cabin so servicing can be started. 


Check in is Located at: 

Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade Airlie Beach 4802 
and open from 7.30am to 7.00pm daily. 

Delayed guests should please phone our office on 07 4967 7555

FOR : 2 day 1 night and 3 day 2 night tours
Check in by 6.50pm latest, the day before travel.
Please note, if possible it is helpful for us if you check-in earlier in the day.

FOR: 2 day 2 night Maxi Sailing, Prima Sailing, 2 or 3 night Catamaran tours, and Solway Lass departures
Check in at least 2.5 hours before departure TIME.  

A Web Check-in Service is available, DAY Tour guests may use the web check-in and then go direct to the marina after web check-in.  Guests on EXTENDED/OVERNIGHT tours can check-in on the web, but must still go to our office to exchange vouchers and pickup boarding passes.   Any questions at all please call our office on 07 4946 4999 or 4946 5782