I happened to be checking out a few charter yachts in Australia earlier this month when Cyclone Debbie made landfall. She walloped the Whitsunday Islands, on the Great Barrier Reef, with winds as strong as 161 miles per hour. Locals fear that a good bit of the coral has been damaged or destroyed; the authorities are still surveying the aftermath, with rays of hope being found in healthy coral beds that were in locations protected by natural barriers to the wind.
Hamilton Island—long one of the most prestigious spots for vacationers in the Whitsundays—began welcoming guests again this past weekend. And just in time for those who have upcoming getaways planned, Northrop and Johnson has announced the addition of a Hamilton Island charter yacht to its fleet.
Alani, an 83-foot Sunseeker motoryacht, will base at Hamilton Island year-round. She is a 2003 build that most recently was refitted in 2014, accommodating eight guests in four staterooms. The owners are offering her for weekends, full weeks and corporate events, to give Hamilton Island visitors lots of options for enjoying some charter fun out on the Great Barrier Reef.
The lowest weekly base rate to charter Alani is $50,000. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week on board.