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Whitsunday Luxury Sailing Holiday

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Front Street | The Boat Yard, 4803, Australia
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Great way to experience the Great Barrier Reefs and the Whitsunday Islands

We travel extensively and the week we spent sailing the Whitsundays and snorkeling the Barrier... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
bobandlizs
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Carmel, California
Fantastic

My wife and I wanted to plan a special get-away for our 10-year anniversary, celebrating (among... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
apr27
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Discover the Great Barrier Reef aboard Australia's most awarded charter yacht "Sydney Sundancer". Friendly owners, Lynne & John Boyce conduct 1/2 day cruises to sail the Whitsundays and full days cruises visiting great snorkelling locations where friendly fish & colourful corals abound in crystal clear water or you can charter privately for longer periods to visit remote locations. In 1989, when the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) began issuing permits to conduct commercial activities within the Marine Park, Lynne & John were issued with a unique "Long Range Roving Permit" permit granting them access to "all zones and locations" of the Marine Park. Since then, they have explored much of the world's largest & most diverse marine reserve (that is about 1/2 the size of Texas) in their quest to discover its most magical locations. Drawing on their nearly 30 years of experience, you can be guaranteed to discover the best of Australia's most treasured natural icon.
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Front Street | The Boat Yard, 4803, Australia
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

We travel extensively and the week we spent sailing the Whitsundays and snorkeling the Barrier Reefs was one of our top vacation experiences ever and a great way to experience the area. It was relaxing being on the boat and travelling to different places without...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

My wife and I wanted to plan a special get-away for our 10-year anniversary, celebrating (among other things) the fact that our two young children are now old enough to deposit with their grandparents for two weeks (ages 4 and 1, respectively), as well as...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

I had been thinking about scuba diving on the Great Barrior Reef for about thirty years and decided to just go and do it. So when I found John and Lynne's website, I knew it was the trip for up. We were a family of...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

At the end of August, we spent a marvellous week on the ketch, the Sydney Sundancer sailing round the many beautiful islands of the Whitsundays with our hosts John and Lynne Boyce. For me the highlight was the extraordinarily beautiful corals we saw at various...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2016

John and Lynn's knowledge of the Whitsunday Islands is second to none. They plan the trip depending on the wind and weather to maximise the experience. The snorkeling was superb. And then there is the anticipation of the excellent meals served up every day. We...More

1  Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Sydney Sundancer sailing vessel is a 54 foot beauty, John and Lynne, the most welcoming of hosts created the atmosphere for an immediate bond not only with John and Lynne but also with the three other guests on board, everyone cheery and enthused! Sydney...More

1  Thank couchm
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

At the beginning of October we spend a week on The Sydney Sundancer. It was all that I expected plus more. John and Lynne where the best. With their knowledge of the Whitsunday area and the reef, fish and other sea life just added to...More

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Reviewed 2 November 2016

We spent a month exploring Australia as a family(two adults, two children aged 9 & 12) this past August/early September. We caped off the trip with a week sailing in the Whitsundays and out to the barrier reef for a night. Lynne and John were...More

Thank RexIsland
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

My wife and I, both 70, just finished a remarkable sailing adventure of the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. The adventure took place in the last week in September and lasted 7 wonderful days. Although our best snorkeling days are behind us now,...More

1  Thank John L
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

My husband and I (59 yr olds) spent 4 nights aboard Sydney Sundancer in the Whitsunday Islands with Lynn and John. They did everything possible to make our experience wonderful. We had requested that we try to to get out to the outer GBR and...More

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Tracey C
24 September 2017|
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Response from SundancerSkipper | Property representative |
Hi Tracey, We conduct private charter of our yacht "Sydney Sundancer" which departs regularly from Hamilton Island. Our cruises are tailored to the exact requirements of our guests so you can be aboard for as long as you... More
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Susanne B
17 August 2015|
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Response from SundancerSkipper | Property representative |
Hi We conduct a variety of cruises departing from Hamilton Island, because Hamilton Island is the closest and most convenient point of departure to experience The Great Barrier Reef. Our cruises include ½ day discovery... More
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