Hire Information

Vessel operation experience.


With Hinchinbrook Houseboats, you do not require any formal license to hire one of the houseboats, motor cruisers or sailing vessels. If you can drive a runabout or sail a dinghy, it is usually sufficient experience to skipper one of our vessels. We brief you thoroughly before departure; and navigation in the cruising area is very basic and mostly visual. Hinchinbrook Houseboats supplies charts and we have our own VHF private channel radio. Radio schedules are a 0830hrs and 1530hrs daily.

Need a guide?


If you are a bit nervous, or would like someone with local knowledge to get you started on your wilderness discovery, we can provide you with the services of an experienced local boating guide to assist in the operation of your vessel, showing you a selection of the best anchorage, fishing and snorkelling spots. You may keep your guide for as many days as you wish at the current daily rate plus food.

What to bring with you.

The essentials - swimsuit, sunglasses, lots of sunscreen, sand shoes or sandals, beach towel and wide brimmed hat. If you’re planning an evening out at one of the resorts, include a smart casual outfit. Don’t forget your camera and a few favourite cd’s, and pack everything into a soft bag rather than a suitcase. After that it's just your favourite food & drinks, your fishing gear if you wish to wet a line and maybe a good book. Anything else you pack is up to you, but remember space onboard is limited .


Local Weather.

From May to October expect daytime temperatures of 22-28 degrees Celsius during the day and 13-19 degrees Celsius at night. From November to April the range is 26-31 during the day and 19-23 degrees Celsius at night. The water is an inviting 25-28 degrees Celsius all year around.

Important information to note when you book a vessel.

We believe the information outlined herein is a fair and honest description of the Boating Holiday product. It is important to note the weather condition or any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Hinchinbrook Houseboats may influence the limits of your cruising.

Please note! There is a 4 night minimum charter period when booking our vessels. A non refundable deposit of $500.00 is required to secure bookings. Fuel,Reef Taxes & Bond also apply to charters, please enquire for details. All payments made with credit cards incur a 1.5% merchant fee.

Cancellation & Insurance.

We strongly recommend that you take insurance against unexpected cancellation of your boating holiday or travel arrangements by you or anyone in your charter party. A $250 non- refundable deposit is required to secure your booking. Balance is due no less then 30 days prior to departure. Cancellation Policy is as follows: 30 days or more prior to departure- full refund of balance (charter fee minus $250 deposit), 20 days prior- refund of 50% of balance minus deposit, 10 days or less prior- no refund.