About Sailing the Great Barrier Reef Private Charter| Big Mama Sailing

Big Mama Sailing

Big Mama Sailing

BIG MAMA, is our beautiful 18 m (60 foot) sailing yacht(ketch rigged) & we live on board( Big Mama is our Home).

Our names are Stu, Lisa, Fletcher and our small dog, Coco. We invite you into our home and offer a unique and memorable sailing experience for up to 12 guests on our day sails and up to 4-5 guests on our overnight sails.

We LOVE sailing MAGNETIC ISLAND, Far North Queensland, Australia, but happy to also sail to Breakwater Marina, Townsville, Australia for Private Charters & larger group bookings.

Big Mama Sailing offer a unique & memorable sailing experience in Far North Queensland!

We are also happy to reposition Big Mama along the North Queensland Coast (or anywhere that is in our capability) to suit your PRIVATE SAILING ADVENTURE, including Mission Beach, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas.

BIG MAMA is a Family Friendly vessel and we attract families, couples and solo travellers from all over the world and of all ages.

Whether novice or expert sailor, non-swimmer or snorkeler, whether adult, teen or child, we cater to all interests and skill levels within the limitations of safety, your itinerary, weather and ‘ocean sense.’



A wonderful opportunity to sail to the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel.

Our Reef Sail is an amazing and memorable day & is a PRIVATE Charter option ONLY.

A full day on the water

  • We provide morning tea (scones, jam/cream) and afternoon teas,(coffee/tea, biscuits and a Tropical fruit platter) and a  Wholesome BBQ Lunch( same as Adventure Sail) and snorkelling gear, wetsuits, UV suits supplied. 
  • Environmental Marine Tax included.
  • NO hidden costs.
  • We cater for all our guests different levels of swimming & snorkelling.
  • We snorkel in two different reef spots so our guests can enjoy the diversity in the marine life and reef.
  • We spend between 3- 4 hours on the reef.
  • What part of the Great Barrier Reef we visit???? 
  • Is always a surprise and an adventure!
  • It all depends on the weather conditions, currents and tides on the day of your sail.
  • Departure time- 8am from Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island.
  • Return time -5:30pm


We will be happy to relocate Big Mama to Mission Beach for the Reef Sail PRIVATE CHARTER ONLY.

Sailing the Great Barrier Reef Private Charter| Big Mama Sailing Reviews


Julia Wallace

A beautiful personalised reef experience with a fantastic family. Many thanks guys


Lana Brownbill

Absolutely incredible day!!!! A must do!!! AMAZING!!!! FANTASTIC!!!! The crew makes you feel at home from the first moment. Thank you guys, you simply the best.

Sailing the Great Barrier Reef Private Charter| Big Mama Sailing

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