Whitsundays Party Boats on a Budget/Whitsundays Booze Cruise

Whitsundays Party Boats on a Budget/Whitsundays Booze Cruise


Is it your dream to sail around some of the world’s most beautiful islands? And to do it blind drunk, on a massive multi day drinking session? Or do you simply want to make sure you’re on a trip where everyone is there to party each night, and recover during the day? Or perhaps, are you looking for a boat where you have the best chance of getting some good lovin‘ on the ocean?  If any of the above applies to you, than this is the article for you.

Is there a better place for a bag of cans? Credit: @ollieholder_

Is there a better place for a bag of cans? Credit: @ollieholder_

So you’ve heard of the Whitsundays- a group of 74 tropical islands, with incredible white beaches, beautiful landscapes, and turquoise water? Well to get there you need a boat, and in the vast majority of cases this means doing a tour (Some of you French people might prefer to swim rather than do a tour, well bonne chance). Picking the perfect Whitsunday booze cruise depends on a few things- how long you have, how much money you have, and how many people you want on board with you. Boats vary in how long they spend cruising the islands, and although we suggest two nights, there are several one night party boats. All overnight cruises are all inclusive, with the exception of alcohol- they’re BYOB, and they claim to have a limit on how much you can bring, but that’s more of a guideline. Provided you’re not dragging a cart load of goon on board you’ll be alright. All of the boats ban you from bringing red wine, to prevent staining, and glass, as glass is a bitch to clean up, and also from bringing bags with zips, as a preventative measure against bedbugs. All you need is to bring a shopping bag from Woolies for clothes, swimwear, and a towel, and another bag of cans and goon. Be sure to check out our Exploring Airlie Beach and Whitsundays guide for indepth information.

One day boats are never going to be party boats, so we’ll jump straight to the overnight boats:


2 Day 1 Night Whitsundays Party Boats

Whitsunday Islands Map with Walk Icons ExploreWhitsundays Dec 17.jpg

If you’re short on time (or money) the 2 day 1 night party boats give you everything the two night boats offer, but with only one night to make stories and see how others match your drinking ability! All 1 night boats depart on or before 9am on the first day, usually from Abel Point Marina, heading South of Hook Island to stop and snorkel, before aiming to arrive on Whitehaven Beach after lunchtime  (Although these itineraries vary depending on the weather and tides, and sometimes Whitehaven Beach will be saved for the second day). You’ll spend 2ish hours on Whitehaven Beach itself, with ample time to go to Hill Inlet Lookout, take photos, and see what wildlife you can spot in the crystal clear waters surrounding Whitehaven Beach. During the two days, you’ll stop at least twice to snorkel on different coral areas of the Whitsundays, which is full of marine life, been on the very fringe of the Great Barrier Reef. The night is spent in one of the Whitsundays Islands little inlets, where you won’t have to worry about getting seasick- the water is tranquil and calm, and you can spend the night partying away under the stars.
The second day starts with a hungover breakfast, a visit to Whitehaven if you didn’t do it the first day, and a chance to cure yourself from the night before by hopping into the water with a snorkel, where you can wash away last nights shame.

Hammer

Can you spot the cans?

Can you spot the cans?

Hammer is the go to budget party boat for an overnight Whitsundays tour- its a racing maxi that’s one of the fastest sail boats on the Whitsundays, and still has enough space for 23 people who want to party. Everyone is between the age of 18 and 30, its atmosphere tends to be electric, and they also get drink deals, a reserved table, and cheaper food for the night out back in Airlie Beach- what more could you ask for? Well how about plenty of deck space for those who want to sun the hangover away, with a roll out awning for anyone who doesn’t like the sun. And finally, the fact that they are on sale until September 2019, with a total price of $349, all inclusive.

Departs: Every second day, 8:00am Abel Point Marina

Price: $399, $349 here at Tripfarm. Get an additional 10% off with the discount code FARMWORK2019 on checkout.

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Siska

A lovely spot for some cans

A lovely spot for some cans

Siska is a bit bigger, and a bit older than Hammer, with enough space for 24 guests. Another racing yacht, she’s definitely not as much of a party boat, as Hammer usually sells out before her. Good for last minute guests, but definitely doesn’t have the same reputation. It caters to 18-40 year olds, and has more room up top to hang out than Hammer, but occasionally can be  quieter than you want.

Departs: Every second day, 8:30am, Abel Point Marina

Price: $399, $345 at Tripfarm.

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Hit and Miss 1 Night Party Boats


Freight Train
Freight Train is a newcomer to the Whitsundays scene, and has a variable group that goes on it- anything from cheap as 18 year olds to 65 year olds looking to save as much as possible. It also leaves a little later than the other boats, at 9am.BUT- book early and it is among the cheapest overnight Whitsundays boats, from $235 for the first two customers (like an airline, the price increases with each additional person). Freight Train takes 18 passengers and also has an after party back in Airlie Beach

Departs: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays

Price: From $235, Message us about prices and availability on your dates.


Non Party 1 Night Boats:

Looks nice, but where are the cans?

Looks nice, but where are the cans?

Waltzing Matilda/SV Whitehaven
Waltzing Matilda and SV Whitehaven are more couple/ 25 plus crowd focused than the other boats mentioned. Waltzing Matilda has private rooms, and is very small- 14 people max, meaning its a really personal trip, and great for a couple looking to relax on an overnight cruise. There’ll still be a few drinks, but nothing crazy. Likewise, SV Whitehaven is a nice, relaxing, good quality cruise, but certainly not a party boat- you can SUP on board, kayak, and have 2 days of pure relaxing bliss.

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2 Day, 2 Night Party Boats

Romantic Cans. Credit: @ollieholder_

Romantic Cans. Credit: @ollieholder_

If you really want a Whitsundays booze cruise, do it for two nights- this way you get to reminisce about the previous nights messiness, while preparing to repeat it. The 2 day 2 night party boats all depart from Abel Point Marina around lunch time (we have to say around lunch time, as if we say a specific time we get complaints from angry Germans about how the boat left 10 minutes later than they had been told) on the first day, heading north around Hook Island and the Hook Passage, before stopping to snorkel in one of the many reefs around the Whitsunday Islands. The night is spent in a secluded inlet, with calm waters, and an amazing view of the stars in the sky. The second day starts with a breakfast, and from it depends on the boat- some go straight to Whitehaven, some wait a few hours and go snorkelling instead. The second evening is usually lively- people tend to have made a connection with one another, the atmosphere is better after sharing the night before, everyone’s comparing hangovers, and this is when most boats hold their events (Such as the Clippers King and Queen Competition). The crews sometimes join in, and the party continues until you’re out of drinks (or the crew lock the fridge because they need to be up at 5am the next day). Day three is usually spent recovering, with breakfast and an afternoon snack, getting back to Airlie Beach at around lunch time. Most people will wait an extra night in Airlie to catch up with everyone on land too.

Atlantic Clipper (The Clipper Party Boat)

The Atlantic Clipper is the go-to party boat on the Whitsundays, and nothing compares to it! It’s huge, with space for 54 guests, has two giant slides into the ocean, a hottub, and a party atmosphere year around. There are competitions on board to find the king and queen of the Clipper, with the winning couple getting 10 free drinks in Airlie Beach. These competitions are classic Aussie pub competitions with a dirty twist, and one night is also fancy dress on board. Nudity is a frequent occurrence at night. Also, the Clipper has blue lights to attract dolphins at night, SUPs if you’re tired of snorkelling, and the option of doing both intro and certified scuba dives. The upper deck is huge- with plenty of space for relaxing, sunbathing, and partying. Fully equipped with a massive beer fridge- Get your ass on the Clipper if you want to party, and bring enough drinks.

Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Price: Normally $560, $459 with Tripfarm

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Boomerang/British Defender

Sexy curves are better with cans

Sexy curves are better with cans

Boomerang and British Defender are two very similar racing maxi yachts, sleek and with sexy curves, they’re usually better suited for partiers who want a smaller, more intimate crowd than the Atlantic Clipper. Both yachts are ex winners, and are built for speed, with smaller decks than the Clipper or New horizon, but when you look that good, do you really care? British Defender is often booked out by big group tours travelling the East Coast, like Contiki and Topdeck, which results in a boat full of sesh heads, while Boomerang is usually a good last minute choice for revellers. Both boats offer single beds below deck, a chance to sail, and a good time, at a cheaper price than the Clipper, especially during the winter months.

Departs: Every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Price: $489 normally, $449 with Tripfarm

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Apollo

Did you know? James Bond was fond of an occasional can, neither shaken nor stirred

Did you know? James Bond was fond of an occasional can, neither shaken nor stirred

Apollo is the James Bond racing yacht of the Whitsundays- It’s black, curvy, and full of life, with similar numbers to Boomerang and British Defender.  It’s a little different to the other party boats, as Apollo is 3 full days, and 2 nights, returning to Airlie Beach late on the 3rd day. This means that you get longer out in the Whitsundays, but also less departures per week. Secondly, Apollo is a dive boat- you get a free dive just for boarding it, either intro or certified. Perfect if you want adventure (Although a terrible idea with a hangover first thing in the morning, try to go in the afternoon). The parties are wild on Apollo, it’s romantic, and there’s a great atmosphere on board, crew and all.

Departs: Mondays and Fridays

Price: $589, use the code FARMWORK2019 on checkout to get 10% of at Tripfarm ;)

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Spank Me

With a name called Spank Me, is there anything else it could be, other than a party boat? Spank Me is a boat with a reputation. With space for 27 guests, it’s a racing yacht that puts others to shame with its history. The crew are well known for been partiers, and it tends to attract a lot of backpackers who just want a good time.

Departs: Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Price: Normally $474, $399 at Tripfarm.  

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Tongarra

Canamaran

Canamaran

Tongarra is the budget party catamaran, and an awesome way to experience the Whitsundays while having a good time. It’s largely made up of younger travellers, mostly backpackers, under 25. Most people are in small groups or individuals that pick Tongarra, as it’s got a maximum of 24 people allowed on board. The main difference between Tongarra and the rest? On Tongarra, you sleep on the deck, underneath the stars. Great Spring-Autumn, not the best in the Winter as it gets a bit chilly. Definitely a choice from September onwards, and I’ve heard stories of naked conga lines on board, drunken debauchery, and much much more happening under the stars....

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays

Price: $499 normally, $459 Tripfarm

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Hit and Miss Party Boats:

New Horizon, Ride To Paradise, Habibi

New Horizon

New Horizon is the Clippers little sister boat- fitting only 36 guests, while still keeping enough space for a slide. It’s usually a good atmosphere, and it tends to be the boat that far more women book than men- as the men tend to congregate on the Clipper! It can definitely turn into a wild session, depending on the crowd, and when the Clipper is out of service for cleaning during winter, New Horizon is the one to go for- all the Clippers bookings go here. Like the Clipper, New Horizon also offers dives on board.

Departs: Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Price: $509 normally, $425 Tripfarm.

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Habibi

Habibi- the Arabic for cans

Habibi- the Arabic for cans

Habibi is another hit and miss party boat- its the budget budget 2 night Whitsunday boat, which means the crowd it attracts is all over the place- you can have the really tight budget 18 year olds drinking alongside some scabby German 40 year old, beside the Chinese family who just want the cheapest for the kids. This doesn’t mean you won’t have a good time- it just means that it attracts the cheapest of the cheap, who may or may not be great craic.

Departs: Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Price: $484 normally, $419 Tripfarm- use FARMWORK2019 on checkout to get an additional 10% off.

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Ride to Paradise

Ride to Paradise is completely different to the other tours mentioned here- it’s a two night stay in a former 5 star resort, with amazing honeymoon suits, baths sunk into decking to watch the sunsets in, a huge pool , chef prepared food that is amazing quality, and two day trips to the Whitsundays from the resort. The thing is, Ride to Paradise can be a good session- it all depends on the crowd who want to party in the dorms (The couples tend to make the most of the private suites. The pool and hottubs don’t leave much to the imagination, and are a great place to get the party started...
Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays

Price: $599 cheapest, $499 Tripfarm during winter.
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Rarely Turn Into a Party:

Mandrake, Avatar, Wings, Solway Lass

Mandrake, Avatar and Wings are all amazing quality, comfortable, modern boats. They are usually sold as more adult trips (not in that way you dog), where plenty of couples are booked on board. Perfect for 2 days and 2 nights of pure relaxation, working on your tan, and building deeper connections, but the music and lights tend to turn off before 11pm, so everyone gets a good nights sleep.


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Never a Party Boat:

On Ice, Prima, Adventurer, Eureka, Whitsunday Blue/Bliss/White Swan, Kiana


Again, some amazing quality boats here, but definitely to be avoided if you’re a session head. Kiana is a dive boat that goes to an amazing spot on the outer reef, so not the type of cruise for drinking all night, while the others are all the more expensive, upper class cruises that most backpackers can afford/rarely book, as they’re advertised for professional couples, retirees, or private cruises.

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In short:

Atlantic Clipper is the go to party boat.

Too expensive? Go for Tongarra, Boomerang, or British Defender, depending on what’s on sale.

Want a calmer, less sexualised trip than the Atlantic Clippers booze cruise(With possibly more sex?)? Go for New Horizon.

On a real tight budget, want to have more money for cans, or just a tight bastard? Habibi.

Want a 5 star stay at backpacker prices, or some real privacy as a couple? Ride to Paradise.

Want to dive? Apollo for beginners who also want to drink, Atlantic Clipper or New Horizon for shorter trips, Kiana for hardcore divers who want to experience the outer reef.

Want to relax? Avatar, Mandrake, Solway Lass for longer trips.

Don’t want a backpacker trip? On Ice/Adventurer/Prima.

Have you been to the Whitsundays? How was your boat? Do you think it deserves the title ‘Party Boat of the Whitsundays’?

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