Below Deck Season 9 could end up in Australian waters. Rumors have been swirling about the new season. An Australian entertainment blog was the first to tease the news. On Sunday, April 25, the outlet teased that the popular Bravo franchise could now be headed “down under.”
The show could end up filming in the Whitsundays. Since its inception, the original series filmed “many seasons” with a U.S. crew. Now, it looks like producers are looking for more Aussies since they make for great television. The show’s previous locations include the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Thailand, Tahiti, and the Mediterranean.
Is Below Deck going “down under”?
According to TV Tonight, there are “whispers reality series filmed aboard boats will be shooting in the Whitsunday.” Keep in mind it’s a rumor for a possible spinoff. On the other hand, it could also be the next filming location for Below Deck Season 9. The location offers picturesque backdrops, beautiful clear blue waters, incredible views, and A-list adventures. Guests can explore the Great Barrier Reef.
“Be surrounded by Nemo and his colorful friends as you explore the variety of beautiful coral while snorkeling or scuba diving the magnificent Great Barrier Reef,” reads the official Australia tourism site. “Snorkelling and diving day trips to the Great Barrier Reef depart from Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach. Some of the most popular and beautiful places to explore include Manta Ray Bay off Hook Island and Black Island (or Bali Hai).”
This travel guide may give Below Deck fans some major FOMO. Traveling during the coronavirus pandemic isn’t encouraged right now. It can also pose a challenge to fly there, even with the current vaccine rollout. However, viewers can allow the Bravo network to take them to this ideal vacation spot.
There should be plenty of space for beach excursions and lunch picnics. This area also has access to white sandy beaches and beautiful scenery. Hayman Island is located on the northern end of the island and includes access to Whitehaven Beach and the outer reef. Guests can only access it by helicopter, private plane, or yacht, which makes it the perfect spot for the show.
Other spinoffs in the works
Apparently, the Australian-based Below Deck is just a spinoff. The show was included in the list of the franchise’s lineups. Another spinoff series could also take place in Norway. Per Deadline, the cable network wants to continue to expand the Below Deck universe with even more prime locations.
Currently, the franchise includes the original series and its two spinoffs, Below Deck Mediterranean and Below Deck Sailing Yacht. The series follows the lives of crew members who work and live on a superyacht during charter season. The future Below Deck spinoffs could either air on Bravo or on the Peacock streaming platform.
What are your thoughts? Would you watch an Australian version of the show? Which location would you like the crew to film? Sound off below in the comments.