panama-to-port-logoMay 26th 2015: News Update 1

Exciting Innovative New Product – Luxury Diving & Sailing Expeditions!

Australian family sail home…Panama to Port Douglas 2015 -16 new experience coming to GBR because “There’s nothing like Australia”.


Steve & Katrina Edmondson of Aristos Port Douglas Pty Ltd are based in Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland, own and operate their family business. Sailaway Port Douglas has two beautiful luxury sailing catamarans, offering premium day trips to Low Isles, an iconic part of the Great Barrier Reef. Steve & Katrina are known for innovative product development and successful leaders in the Australian marine tourism industry.

Sailaway IV & V visit idyllic Low Isles and include Sunset Sailing to promote the local destination and also cater for luxury private charters. They have successfully launched two NEW products being scheduled sunset sailing in 2007 and in 2014 scheduled a later departure, Afternoon Cruise for adults only; sailing, snorkeling, island and sunset sailing.

Aristos-logoInnovative destination promotion plan and New Product development:

Steve & Katrina plan to bring their third fantastic and innovative New Product to Great Barrier Reef, Australia very soon. They have just purchased a suitable luxury “Lagoon 560” vessel to offer live-aboard sailing, diving & snorkelling Expeditions for a maximum of 8 VIP guests with 1st Class accommodation and service.

Steve Edmondson successfully operated similar high-end expeditions in East Africa for 11 years prior to purchasing Sailaway with Katrina in 2002. “Aristos” offered tailor made itineraries for 6 guests to Pemba & Zanzibar Islands East African coast for 1 – 2 week diving and sailing.  “Aristos” meaning “the finest and the best of all things considered” which continues with their own philosophy with daily operations of Sailaway and will bring a wonderful new style of nature experience to the Great Barrier Reef not already catered for.

This new expedition vessel “ARISTOS” will sail from Panama City starting with passage through the Panama Canal on 31st May 2015 sailing to Curacao (ABC islands north of Venezuela) for safe keeping through Hurricane season.  They will return to Australia to participate in ATE15, continue to manage Sailaway and prepare for the voyage back to Port Douglas.

Steve & Katrina will return to Curacao in October with their two young children to sail through the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean sea, including Antigua, Sint Maarten, St Lucia, Virgin Islands and Bahamas. Due to season changes this journey will then take them back to Panama, into the Pacific sailing to Port Douglas visiting, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji based on seasonal weather, where the wind blows and traditional global voyage plans.

Australian registered new expedition yacht “ARISTOS” starting with Australian family sailing home, will experience a one off family adventure, people/ travel and eco cruising adventure story, promoting Australia, Queensland, Port Douglas with a commitment to sustainability, investment and future planning in the Great Barrier Reef.

Thank you to all partners, including Tourism Australia, Tourism & Events Queensland, GBRMPA and Eco Tourism Australia for their continued work and commitment to promoting appreciation and awareness of our unique and fragile natural environment. Public awareness is the only positive way to safeguard our biggest natural asset. Without sustainability there is no future…

Thank you for following our story “Aristos” Panama To Port Expedition 2015 – 16.  Access all updates and images through  “There’s northing like Australia…”

For further details contact:

Steve Edmondson

#nothinglikeaustralia, #tourismaustralia

Discover Sailaway's Reef Destinations


The Coral Cays are pure white sand surrounded by a large fringing reef system and crystal clear water.

Sailaway is the only operator from Port Douglas who has access to visit Mackay Coral Cays. This exclusivity means we have the area to ourselves to explore without restrictions.

Low Isles

Low Isles is an idyllic Coral Cay island. The reef around Low Isles comprises 150 species of hard corals and is dominated by 15 species of soft corals.

Guests of Sailaway have the opportunity to snorkel in the lagoon of the island with our marine biologist, offering an interesting and informative tour.

Sunset Sailing

Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing. A must do when visiting Port Douglas is to relax with an exhilarating cruise on board this first class sailing catamaran.

Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast off Far North Queensland.

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