Instead, on the first night of their travels, while anchored in Cid Harbour, a shark attacked after Dr Christidis jumped from a stand-up paddle board he was sharing with a woman from the yacht.
"I feel devastated for the family and friends of this young man, I know that he would have received the best of care available from the Queensland Health Service, including RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter crew and my heart goes out to all involved", she said.
It's the third serious shark attack at Cid Harbour in two months, leading to calls to prevent shark attacks, including putting drumlines in the region permanently.
A 12-year-old girl and a 46-year-old woman were mauled by sharks in unprovoked attacks, but both managed to survive.
Dr Christidis was attacked at Cid Harbour on Monday at the start of a five-day yachting trip with friends and workmates.
"CPR was ongoing for a very long time and every effort was made to save the man's life", he said.
Mr Costigan said Queensland's shark control program was in place in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and the Gold Coast, but there were no protections in place on the Whitsundays. The species of shark that attacked Christidis has not yet been identified.
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He was suffering significant thigh, calf and wrist injuries and couldn't be saved. The shark bite left her bleeding profusely and needing emergency surgery, Seven News reported.
"I've been in the Whitsunday area on and off for 30 years, and apart from some minor nips and bites, we've never heard of any substantial attacks such as what we've seen in these three attacks", he said on Tuesday.
Whitsunday is the largest island in the Whitsunday Islands group, a major global tourist attraction popular with scuba divers and sailors where shark attacks have been rare.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones today said local advice was that drum lines were not wanted.
Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said in the statement that the harbor is a popular site to moor boats and the disposal of food scraps could attract sharks.
"What the tourism industry is saying to me is that they want long-term solutions, not knee-jerk reactions and that's exactly why we intend to sit around the table with the scientific experts and the tourism industry to work on solutions", she said.