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“Amazing sailing/snorkelling tour!”

Derwent Hunter Day Tours
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US$152.60*
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Tallship Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tall Ship Reef Adventure. Day Sailing on board the Australian legend Derwent Hunter. Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef. Help sail, snorkell fringing reefs, explore coral atolls of Langford Reef and Bali Hai. Multi award winning for adventure and eco tourism. Departs Airlie Beach.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 May 2014

There isn't much I can add to all that has already been said in the good reviews here. But I can vouch that, despite what some bad reviews say, even a cruise on a cloudy-rainy day is still worth the while. If you want to take pictures, they won't look as nice, but the crew is amazing, they will distribute raincoats if needed, and you'll still have a blast.
Pros:
- the ship is beautiful, really
- the crew is amazingly nice, all of them, and tha captain Josh is extremely knowledgeable about everything connected to sailing and about the history of his particular boat, and is more than happy to share that knowledge with everyone who asks
- food is quite decent, and plentiful
- the two snorkel dives are quite nice, lots to see, and the equipment is not too worn down
- the sailing is great, engine will be used to manoever into and out of port, but otherwise you'll get to help raise and fold the sails, etc. that's a great way to feel involved in the experience
- I personally found the sights impressive and beautiful during the cruise, and the spots visited are quite nice
If there was something bad to say, I must confess that I also consider that there are too many people on board. 10 less patrons would feel nicer.
That being said, I had a fantastic day, and so did all of the people we befriended on board.
My advice: go for it!

Thank Mathieu_11
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I took a sailing trip with them, though there was not much sailing, they just drive via motor. The boat is beautiful, the food good, the snorkel spots weren' t the best, but ok.

Biggest problem is that there were, i guess 35-40 people on board, and there is not very much pace to sit. It was just too crowded. If there had been less people, it would have been much better.

Thank Verena130
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I had a wonderful time sailing aboard the Derwent Hunter! We got to visit some secluded beaches, snorkel over the reef (some people even saw turtles!), and we also enjoyed a delicious meal together aboard the ship. The captain and crew were very friendly and they were full of fun facts and anecdotes. If you're looking to experience the Whitsundays but you only have one day to do so, I would highly recommend this sailing trip!

Thank Audrey B
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We had the best day, the crew went above and beyond expectations with the kids (aged 5 & 9 yrs). The kids got to dress as pirates and to help pull the sails up. The snorkelling was good the kids gave it a go then spent time floating in the water or playing in the sand. The food was excellent there was something for all of us which was great having a picky eater. I had such a relaxing day not having to worry about the kids, again BIG thanks to the crew for looking out for the kids making sure they had a good time so I could enjoy the day as well.

Thank Kim S
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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful day with Derwenter Hunter. Crew was awesome and the food really delicious. Drinks in cans can be bought for only 2,50 aud. Snorkelling spots were great and we could sknorkel around one hour on each spot.
Thank you for this lovely day!

Thank Nikaaa11
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