Coral Sea Marina Lures Foreign Superyachts Back to the Whitsundays
- Read original article from The Market Herald, Fancy Nautica, HERE. Coral Sea Marina Lures Foreign Superyachts Back to the Whitsundays…
Coral Sea Marina Resort is located in the Whitsundays, Queensland at the heart of the iconic Great Barrier Reef and has emerged as a premier superyacht destination on Australia’s east coast.
Uniquely located as the gateway to the 74 Whitsunday Islands and the iconic Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea Marina Resort provides the perfect port for Superyachts looking to explore this slice of Australian paradise.
Voted Australia’s Marina of the Year 2017 – 2020 and Hall of Fame in 2021, Superyacht Industry Service Provider of the Year in 2021, and runner-up in for Best Superyacht Marina in the 2021 ACREW Superyacht Business Awards our marina offers a level of service which draws yachts from around the world. As Queensland’s first 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accredited marina, Coral Sea Marina sets the benchmark for superyacht marina facilities in Australia.
Start and finish each day with endless ocean views of the Coral Sea. Dive in and explore the wonders of the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Discover private beaches and hidden natural gems located on the tropical Whitsunday coastline and Whitsunday islands or relax in luxury at island resorts. All of this and more is waiting to be discovered in this tropical north Queensland.
The experienced team at Coral Sea Marina ensures Superyacht captains, crew and vessel owners are provided with first-class customer service and access to premium marina facilities on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef.
Coral Sea Marina Resort has become a superyacht hub in one of the world’s most untapped cruising grounds and offers the ultimate home port from which to explore the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef.
Let your adventure begin…
Boat: MY Playpen | Captain: Peter Cook
Motor Yacht PLAYPEN has just had the most enjoyable visit to the wonderful Coral Sea Marina Resort. As a world travelling Superyacht it is a pleasure to stopover in such amazing spots around the world and CSMR is definitely a hidden gem. The facilities are terrific with a Crew lounge and all the facilities you could imagine. Location is right on the doorstep to the Great Barrier Reef and the superb cruising grounds of the Whitsundays and the staff are just wonderful. This is a definite stop on any yachts itinerary.
Boat: MY Lady E | Captain: James Kennedy
Coral Sea Marina was an excellent staging point for our most recent Whitsunday’s charter. The marina is new, well presented and well appointed – including courtesy cars, hotels, ample parking and a secure berth.
The marina managers, maintenance team and security detail were friendly, accommodating and went out of their way to ensure our provisioning, extensive deliveries, crew changeovers, and guest welcome was efficient and professional. Communication was open and concise throughout and plan changes or timing adjustments were never a problem. We appreciated the hospitality and look forward to returning again this year.”
Boat: MY Hey Jude | Captain: Paul Maguire
Coral Sea Marina is by far the best marina in Australia for service and amenities.
Our every wish was accommodated for swiftly and professionally without question.
We love to come back every year.
Boat: MY Spirit | Captain: Martin Debanks
I have nothing but praise for the team at the Coral Sea Marina Resort, Amy and the crew provide a first class service in a first class marina.
You will not find a better facility in the South Pacific. Their knowledge and can do attitude is paramount to giving Super yacht worthy service to our owner and guests.
Being located in the heart of the Whitsundays with easy access to such fantastic cruising grounds and the bustling town of Airlie Beach make this a must see destination and should be on everyone’s bucket list
Boat: MY Silentworld | Captain: Michael Gooding
From the moment you contact Coral Sea Marina the service and follow up makes you feel like you are their only client. We have used the services of Coral Sea Marina on several occasions and look forward to returning every time.
Boat: MY La Bella Vita | Captain: Glenn McHenry
Coral Sea Marina is a true leader within the Australian Marine Industry. Providing a 5 star facility together with 5 star staff, we always feel at home at Coral Sea Marina.
Boat: SY Cavallo | Captain: Jack Reid
The 43 M sailing yacht ‘Cavallo’ is enjoying yet another cruise in the glorious Whitsunday region. Once again availing ourselves of the excellent facilities at Coral Sea in the bustling township of Airlie Beach to do our preparations it took no time convincing us to cruise the area again, this time utilsing some of the new designated anchorages that have recently become available to larger yachts. As we typically draw more water than other smaller yachts we find we are no hinderance to them and they usually give us a wave before going in closer to anchor.
The anchorages are well spaced around the compass points to provide options for all wind and swell directions. We now have better access the many walking trails and the famous pristine beaches that the Whitsundays have to offer.
I’m a long time convert to the cruising possibilities here and this now makes the experience far more feasible and more complete! I’m sure other yachts like ours will follow.
Boat: Phoenix | Captain: Phil Donohue
Just a quick note to thank all of the staff of Coral Sea Marina for making our stay a memorable experience. Phoenix One spends 8 months of the year away from her home port and visiting the Whitsunday region each year as well as Coral Sea Marina is the highlight of the cruising year. I have been cruising the Whitsunday region for many years and I have seen the transformation of Coral Sea Marina into in my opinion the best marina on the East coast of Australia.
It really is the place to Stay Play & Explore. The crew of Phoenix One looks forward to seeing you next year.
Boat: Hillsy | Captain: Jason Mills
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the Coral Sea staff and management.
I feel it must be said with 14 years’ experience (super yachts) of visiting the Whitsunday region and in particular Coral Sea Marina, your marina and staff have undergone what I could be best described as a miraculous transformation, the can-do attitude was a delight to deal with, and the surroundings within the marina are world class.
Managements changes and plans are truly a credit to all involved, we loved our experience this year, and I look forward to berthing again real soon in Australia’s newest number ONE marina, Coral Sea. Well done everyone.
Boat: SY Indio | Captain: Ben Mackay
The new depths on the superyacht arm has provided SY Indio, which has a 5m draught, to use Coral Sea Marina as a suitable base during its stay in the Whitsundays. Coral Sea has been very accommodating allowing us to change berths on request and assisting us with anything required. I would recommend it to any yacht cruising the Whitsundays.
Boat: MV Vegas | Captain: Greg Numa
Our Motor Yacht Vegas cruises the Whitsundays and surrounding Great Barrier Reef extensively for 4 months of the year. Every year. We are in the region around Late July early August and do not leave until early December. We have cruised extensively throughout Australia and the South Pacific Islands all the way to Tahiti.
We use many marina facilities throughout our travels. Whether it be long term or casual berthing, provisioning or overnight stays. There is no equal to the reception you get on arrival at Coral Sea Marina.
It is not just the pleasant, well-educated staff. Or the effort they go to from the time they take your call on the phone to make a booking to your arrival at the dock. It is the culture instilled in everyone involved at Coral Sea Marina. Paul has built by far the best superyacht destination in Australia. It does not stop there. Paul and his highly motivated team ensure your stay is as stress free as humanly possible. They go out of their way to ensure this happens.
The marina provides courtesy cars. They provide Helicopter transfers between the mainland and the airport on nearby Hamilton Island. Paul himself is Yacht owner and this reflects in the service he provides to other yacht owners from the many years he has cruised the waters in and around Australia. You cannot provide a better service unless you have experienced what other marinas offer.
Coral Sea Marina has not been built on chance. Paul has designed the Marina around how he lives. You treat others how you would like to be treated yourself. He has staked his reputation on it. And all this reflects on the outstanding staff he employs and the destination Coral Sea Marina is. The facilities and infrastructure of Coral Sea Marina and the ongoing development of services the marina provides for all yacht uses in the Whitsundays, is second to none.
Without question, every year since Paul and his talented team of individuals took over Coral Sea Marina, we get excited heading back there.
Boat: SV Sarissa | Captain: Greg Monks
Sailing the Whitsunday islands has to be one of the highlights of sailing in Australia. Coral Sea Marina is conveniently located close to the best sailing areas of the Whitsundays but also in a very protected spot which offers great protection from strong south easterly trades. With her keel up, Sarissa draws 4m which is no problem for the marina. We’ve all been impressed by the extremely helpful and friendly support we have received whilst visiting and look forward to coming back again in the future.
Boat: SV Hemisphere | Captain: Gavin Bladen
Everyone at Coral Sea has gone out of their way to make sure our stay went smoothly.
Coral Sea is a great facility for yachts to prepare for trips out into the Whitsundays, or take a little down time for the crew. The marina facilities have undergone a major revamp since their humble beginnings and now tick all the boxes a superyacht looks for when deciding where to berth.
The Whitsundays is Australia’s premier charter ground and offers everything a superyacht needs to keep her guests entertained. From tropical islands, pristine beaches, beautiful and protected anchorages, and shore-based activities like scenic flights, spas, access to fantastic diving out in the Coral Sea, and Great Barrier Reef and the world-renowned SS Yongala wreck which lies just off Townsville, along with great sport fishing opportunities.