We are Direct Decedents of Australia's First Fleet (1788)
And now passionate custodians of the
Ngaro Waters of the Whitsundays (2008-2020)
We sort permission to Sail in the Wake
And Walk in the Footsteps of our First Nations people.
We respectfully interpret 60,000 years of mainland
Yuwibara, Koinmerburra, Barara Barna, Wiri,
Juru and Gia history
Along with 9,000 years of Ngaro Island stories
We are one of only a very small band
Of immersive businesses who care about the
Health and the wealth of our
World Heritage Listed
GREAT BARRIER REEF
We are Australian owned, operated and staffed.
We are locals who care as much about
YOU and YOUR experience
As we do the 74 islands and the Reef!
Many tourism operators simply make money
Out of this extraordinary Natural Wonder;
We choose to make friends,
And make a difference!
We can only give back to our world famous backyard with
Your support and loyal custom.
Every single guest of Portland Roads Sailing the Whitsundays adds to the cause and leaves with a connection to the ecology of our region and our planet.
We were the first charter company in the world to become
We have followed this with ticks in every box that matters.
We do not line up for trumped up tourism awards,
We get down to the business of repairing the
damage done in the past.
We have been certified as a
Climate Action Business
We have been certified as an Advanced Ecotourism Operator
And proudly certified with Recognition of Culture.
We are the only charter company in Australia
That employs a Marine Biologist.
Josh is also a certified
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)
Master Reef Guide
We are all sailors, rather than business people
Our team is also complimented by 2 x Master V Skippers, 2 x Coxswains and 2 x SCUBA PADI Rescue Divers and the most dedicated team of briefers and turn-around specialists.
We work in, support and sponsor
Reef Restoration Projects
Here and around the world.
In 1988 we sailed the east coast of Australia
Stumbling across our slice of 'human harmony'
In a small tidal bay, just south of Cape York's tip
Local First Nations kids were playing in the water,
An old salt crocodile was jaw agape cooling off in the shallows.
"Come ashore, come ashore"
The kids called
The hospitality was matched by the tranquil 'off the beat' geographical beauty of the area.
This slice of paradise was called
The seed had been sewn!
What better name for our little sailing business in the
Ngaro Waters of the Whitsundays, than
30 plus years later and we've still got a crush on both locations!