Swim The Whitsundays

Immerse yourself in the exquisite waters of the Whitsunday Islands, cruising from one picturesque island to the next on your live-onboard tall ship, swimming at secluded bays, along white sand beaches and around tropical islands.




1km Freestyle


4-nights / 5-days

This is a sail & swim tour

Tour Highlights

Visit and swim along the famous white sands of Whitehaven Beach

Snorkel on the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef

Swim in crystal clear water over reefs teeming with fish

Sip cocktails on the deck as you watch the sun set over the islands

Sail on a 118 year-old tall ship, hoist the sails and take the helm

Plenty of time to snorkel, stand up paddle board, rest and relax

Itinerary & Swim Schedule

This swim tour showcases the best of the Whitsunday Islands with seven ocean swims and an abundance of water-based activities and onboard experiences that make it a truly remarkable destination swimcation.

Choose to swim all the scheduled swims, or pick and choose your swims and distances from 1km.


Fly into Proserpine Airport, transfer to Airlie Beach, and board the 118 year-old tall ship, the Solway Lass, at 4pm. On our sunset cruise to our overnight mooring among the islands, dine and sip cocktails with your fellow swimmers.

Rest day
No swims today


Wake at sunrise and swim the length (or part) of the world famous Whitehaven Beach. After a hearty breakfast, enjoy the day on the beach relaxing, SUP'ing and hiking. Finish the day with a short swim at the picturesque Hill Inlet.

Swim 1: Up to 5km
Swim 2: 1-2km
SWIMS 1 & 2


Start a day of island-hopping with a point-to-point swim over the reef and around a headland, before hoisting the sails for a relaxing morning sail. Finish the day with a tranquil island swim and an evening sunset cruise.

Swim 1: Up to 3km
Swim 2: 1-2km
SWIMS 3 & 4


The first swim of the day is a headland navigation that finishes over a coral reef teeming with fish. We'll stay here for the morning giving you plenty of time for snorkelling and SUP'ing. Complete the day circumnavigating an island.

Swim 1: 1-2km
Swim 2: 1-2km
SWIMS 5 & 6


On the final day, sleep in and then enjoy one last leisurely swim amongst the islands, before a short hop over to the mainland to conclude the tour at 11am. We'll transfer you to the airport for your afternoon departure.

Swim 1: Up to 3km


Swim Safety


Skilled, knowledgeable and experienced crew and swim guides are there to support you

Local Crew

The Solway Lass skipper and crew know the best, and safest, places to swim in the Whitsundays

Marine Life

Tours are conducted outside stinger season and swim locations are chosen for their safety

Water Safety

A 6:1 water safety ratio is supported by crew on three inflatable support boats and guides on SUP's

Distance Choice

You can choose the distance you want to complete for each swim, and you can exit the water at any time

Close To Shore

Swims are conducted in clear water, within a 20m channel between the shore and a line of water craft

This sail and swim tour is guided by the wind and sea conditions at the time, with an experienced local skipper determining the most suitable swim locations each day (if conditions at our planned swim locations are not ideal).

What's Included?

Fully guided, all inclusive, swim tour in the Whitsunday Islands

Seven ocean swims ranging from 1km to 5km (you choose your distance)

Experienced OceanFit swim guides

Open water swimming training sessions to develop your skills

Water safety ratio of 1:6, including guide boats

Freshly prepared onboard meals and snacks + tea, coffee & water

Air-conditioned bedrooms, incl. linen, pillows and bath towels

Standard bathroom, toilets & shower

Snorkelling in a variety of locations, incl. equipment & lesson

Hands-on tall ship sailing experience and beginner lesson

Water-based activities, incl. stand up paddle boarding & rope swing

Guided island walks to stunning lookouts

What's Not Included?

Travel to and from Proserpine/Whitsundays Airport

Drinks from the fully licensed onboard bar (very reasonable prices!)

Getting There & Onboard


Virgin, Jetstar and Tiger fly to Proserpine Airport (PPP).

Flights need to arrive by 3pm at the latest on departure day, and shouldn’t be booked earlier than 2pm on the day of departure.


Return transfer from the airport to the marina are included.

Travel Insurance

Due to the remote nature of this tour, participants are encouraged to take out travel insurance.

All four nights accommodation is aboard the tall ship ‘Solway Lass’. There are eight air-conditioned cabins onboard, with a mixture of shared bunkroom (singles), private double and private double with ensuite available.
Luggage & Gear

Due to limited space onboard, guests are required to bring a soft, zipless, duffle bag about the size of carryon.

We’ll send you a list of clothes to bring, but you won’t need much. Days are spent in your swimwear, and evenings only require light clothing.


All meals are freshly prepared onboard, with snacks, coffee and tea available. Dietary needs can be catered for with advanced notice.

Additional Expenses

While on the swim tour, you will only need extra money to make purchases at the onboard licensed bar. Bar accounts are settled at the end of the trip.

Charging and Signal

Limited power points are available onboard to charge digital devices. Phone signal is limited and intermittent. 

Weather & Conditions

The weather on the Whitsunday Islands is sub tropical which makes it perfect for a swim tour! The winter months (June-August) are the driest, with air temperatures in the mid-20’s and the average water temperature 23-25 degrees Celsius​.

Group Size

The maximum group size for this tour is 20 participants. The ship can sleep up to 32, so there is plenty of room for everyone on board, including spacious indoor and outdoor areas.

Non-Swimmer Places

Non-swimmer partners or friends are welcome on this trip at a maximum of one non-swimmer per swimmer. The price for a non-swimmer is the same as for a swimmer, and non-swimmers have access to all equipment and activities.

Non-swimmer guests must be identified at the beginning of the swim tour, and cannot participate in the distance swims.

(Special Launch) Pricing

We’re launching our Swim The Whitsundays tour with special 2020 pricing that won’t be repeated.

Join us for four nights and five days in the Whitsunday Islands from an incredible $1,995!

Single Share

$ 1,995 Per Person
  • Shared Bathroom
  • Single Bunk Bed
  • 3 x Quad Share Cabin
  • 1 x Six Share Cabin
  • 2021 Price: $2,295

Private Double

$ 2,195 Per Person
  • Shared Bathroom
  • 2 x 1 Double Bed & 1 Single Bed
  • 1 x 1 Double Bed Only
  • Max Two People Per Cabin
  • 2021 Price: $2,395

Double with Ensuite

$ 2,395 Per Person
  • Private Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bed & 1 Single Bed
  • The Ultimate Privacy
  • Max Two People Per Cabin
  • 2021 Price: $2,595

Secure Your Spot!

You can secure your spot with only a $500 deposit

Pay your deposit now, and the balance up to 60 days before departure

Prices exclude flights & onboard drinks from the bar

Upcoming Tours

Hold the date! These tours are going ahead in 2020

May 2020

Depart: Thu 28 May @ 4pm
Return: Mon 1 June @ 11am

June 2020

Depart: Thu 18 June @ 4pm
Return: Mon 22 June @ 11am
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