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“One of our best holidays yet!”
Review of Whitsunday Escape

Whitsunday Escape
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Owner description: Whitsunday Bareboat Charter company.
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We went out on the 42 ft leopard catamaran "Sweet Escape" during the 1st week of November. This was pretty much one the best and most relaxing holidays we have ever had. "Sweet Escape" is a real beauty - luxurious and sails like a dream. We island-hopped for the week, snorkelled in amazing deserted reefs, watched dolphins frolic around us one evening, caught a huge tuna and enjoyed bbq tuna steaks that night. Can't rave enough about our experience; the Whitsunday Escape staff were fantastic and really helpful, giving us plenty of pointers about where to go, what to do and see. A real five-star experience.

4  Thank Michael S
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

For the third time another couple and my wife chartered a yacht for a week of self sailing. We stayed aboard the night before to settle into the yacht and to stow our gear and food. Our yacht- a 40 ft Jeneau ( Tiger Blue) was dirty. The yacht did not have a headsail ( it was returned from repair at 11.30 the next day ( the start of our charter), the stern light was broken ( repaired before we left), one hatch had been broken and sealed with a modified cutting board, the GPS had about 60% of the screen readable ( this failed completely on the second day), the deck shower was pathetic, and the sump pump continued to go into alarm during the trip sounding off every 20 min. or so, this was a defect " with a history" when reported.
Other aspects of the yacht and the charter were fine but this was by far the worst charter we have experienced and the older, poorly maintained yacht did not bring any credit on the charter company leaving us somewhat disappointed and spoilt an otherwise beautiful holiday.

1  Thank Robert F
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We hired the 36 Calalina andenjoyed every single day aboard. The yacht was well appointed and roomy enough for the two of us. Day one we saw Whales breaching, and it only got better as teh week went on. The Whitsundays are a magnificent destination and Whitsunday Escapes were a pleasure to deal with.

4  Thank GENERAL_MANAGER_DB
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We chartered Aliara for 8 nights in August 2013 with some of our family from NZ (we are based in Central Queensland).

We had a superb holiday and would definitely recommend Whitsunday Escape to anyone considering a Whitsunday holiday.

The team was extremely helpful right from the planning stage. We booked the holiday whilst in NZ and we really appreciated Jess & Tegan contacting us in NZ to answer any questions we had. The communication (mostly via email as this was most convenient for us) was extremely informative yet easy to follow and most of all very helpful. It made the planning and lead up to our holiday very easy and took the stress out of the planning.

We highly recommend the night aboard at the Marina beforehand as it is a great chance to familiarise ourselves with the yacht and most of all it allowed the children to familiarise too.
The orientation was fantastic and we feel it covered all the necessary topics, we personally felt there was nothing we would change about this given the choice. Ben was very easy to get along with, his experience was obvious but he had a wonderful ability to explain things to our less experienced sailors. Thank you very much Ben.

Our actual holiday was marvellous and something we would like to do again when the kids are older. We thoroughly enjoyed the catamaran but next time we would probably opt for a monohull having already experienced the Whitsundays in a cat.

Having sailing tourism experience in the Bay of Islands in NZ we weren’t sure what to expect of the Whitsundays but we had a wonderful time and were very lucky to have beautiful weather and see whales, turtles and beautiful coral & tropical fish.

We would like to personally thank those we met: Wes, Ben, Alita, Jess, Rose and also thank those who assisted us with our behind the scenes holiday planning. The Whitsunday Escape Team are highly professional, extremely knowledgeable and very friendly, thanks guys!

4  Thank RachH182
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Hiring a Seawind 1160 named Licence to Keel for a 7-day sail from this company proved very easy but very thorough. Our crew of 6 stayed onboard (3 double cabins) the night before going out and this allowed us to get familiar with the boat and sort out our gear. The check on our ability to sail ourselves was very good and the safety briefing comprehensive and easily understood.

It was the beginning of seven days of exploring the Whitsundays, a couple of interesting walks, fascinating places to see and anchor overnight and some fun sailing despite the 3 days of high wind warnings. The Seawind was stable, the equipment first class and its sailing performance in some fairly windy weather with moderate seas just superb. With less than a third of the jib set and no main, it shot along at 6-9 knots much to everyone's amazement.

Our water economy was a bit slack but the base crew happily helped us tie up while we took on more. It is something to watch on a longer (4+ days) trip.

The office staff was extremely helpful and courteous during the booking process and farewelled us royally when we finally and reluctantly returned to terra firma. Highly recommended as an answer to a bucket list special.

4  Thank chrisnjack
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