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The Whitsundays – the ultimate paradise and a tropical haven for backpackers, it’s at the top of the list for many and when you visit it’s easy to see why! White sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and the iconic swirl of Whitehaven beach will have you making people at home VERY jealous. There are 74 islands within the Whitsundays and a sailing tour around these islands will give you the most amazing views and access to beaches and reef only accessible by boat. Whitehaven Beach is one of the best beaches not only in Aussie but in the world and all Whitsundays trips include a visit to this little slice of heaven!

We’ll be sharing with your our top tips for choosing a boat and the options for:

  • A chilled luxury vibe
  • A party boat
  • A super social vibe
  • And how we can get you epic discounts on these!

Ready to plan your visit to one of the RatPack’s favourite spots on the East Coast?

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The chilled flashpacker vibe

We KNOW that some of you RatPackers like things a little bit more luxurious and there’s some SICK options for the Whitsundays that cater for the finer things in life and even better are in a backpackers budget.

Powerplay is an insane catamaran that can fit 18 people, has a jacuzzi on board, the best food and even a photographer! We love the Powerplay as it’s the perfect option for the relaxed traveller, couples, the young at heart and those looking for a social but laid back atmosphere. You’ll feel a world away from normal life during the trip as you’ll be chilling in style in the heated jacuzzi, having delicious food & BBQ cooked for you, having drinks under the stars and visiting some incredible locations such as Whitehaven Beach!

The party boat

When backpacking the east coast you have plenty of opportunities to party {trust us, we’ve experienced the hangovers..} and where better to party than on a boat with 55 other backpackers cruising the Whitsundays?

The Atlantic Clipper is an absolute legendary boat and if you are up for a lot of banter, day long bevvys, hilarious crew, and making unreal memories, this tour is perfect for you!

We guarantee that you will have an epic time on this boat, it’s the king of the whitsundays for a party and good times and the perfect option if you like to party! We’re talking a 12 person hot tub, a fancy dress show by the crew onboard and the opportunity to win the King or Queen of the Clipper! Although you will party at night they still hit the EPIC spots in the day aka Whitehaven beach and epic snorkel spots – If you are into this option.. expect to party hard with a large group!

The super social backpacker boat

If you’re looking for something that’s a perfect combo of chilled and party, then there are plenty of boat options to choose from all offering epic times whilst cruising the beaut Whitsundays! These are the most affordable & popular option out of the Whitsundays boats with around 30 people on board..

The New Horizon is an awesome tall ship sailing boat and you’ll have an awesome few days sailing through the Whitsunday islands full of so many activities including a waterslide, snorkelling and a diving board to show off your skills and give Tom Daley a run for his money!

You’ll see all of the top sites and of course a key highlight of the trip is going to the most instagrammable beach in the world. These boats are perfect if you like to enjoy a couple of drinks under the stars at night and relaxing in the day time with a group of social backpackers.

Time to plan your trip

So many options, so many good times coming your way RatPackers – drop us a WhatsApp if you need some help working out what type of tour is best for you! A bit time restricted? Don’t you worry – there are other options that can help you see the beaaaaaaauty that is the Whitsundays. Want to see the Whitsundays from the sky? Skydiving or an unreal scenic flight is the perfect way to see it from above, may as well get it from all angles hey!

  • Choose the powerplay boat if you like things on the chilled side and are travelling with a partner
  • Choose the Atlantic Clipper if you are KEEN for a party with a big crew
  • Choose the New Horizon if you like a combination of chill and party!
  • Not sure which one suits you best? Hit us up and we’ll help you choose the tour best suited to you.

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