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Whitsunday Islands & Anchorages

When planning a charter in the Whitsundays, it's always a good idea to get an understanding of the islands and anchorages. There's plenty to see and do in the Whitsundays, some people return year after year and continue to finds anchorages and secluded beaches they didn't know existed! With some of the best snorkelling, diving and fishing in Australia, white sandy beaches and plenty of hiking trails, the Whitsundays has plenty to keep you busy!

Nara Inlet, Hook Island

Nara Inlet is a beautiful fjord like inlet at the southern end of Hook Island, with excellent holding and is suitable in all winds. Just before the end of the inlet, a waterfall runs after rain. Walk up the 170m track and explore the ancient Aboriginal cave paintings and get some great views of the pretty inlet. Nara Inlet is generally very popular for the first overnight anchorage as it is only a 2.5 hour sail from the mainland and one of the best anchorages for a good nights sleep. 

Butterfly Bay, Hook Island

Butterfly Bay at the northern end of Hook Island, is an excellent place to snorkel or dive. There are a few public moorings in the bay as well so you can take a break from anchoring. From Butterfly Bay, you can also dinghy around to Luncheon Bay, Maureens Cove and Mantaray Bay for more stunning snorkelling and diving. Swim with the friendly local Maori Wrasse in Mantaray Bay. 

Cateran Bay, Border Island

Cateran Bay is a pretty little anchorage located on Border Island and also has great snorkelling and diving on the East and West sides of the bay with excellent coral and marine life. Dinghy ashore at high tide and climb the saddle of the island for stunning views West and South. Cateran Bay is best in lighter conditions as it can be subject to bullets when the wind is over 20 knots. There are public moorings available in the bay. 

Whitehaven Beach and Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island

Whitehaven Beach needs no introduction! Voted the number 1 beach in Australia by Trip Advisor, this 5km beach of pure white silica sand is a must visit on everyone's list. There is a lovely walking track from the southern end of the beach to Chance Bay. Whitehaven can be very rolly at night however if this is the case, you can always anchor in Tongue Bay for the night. You can access the Hill Inlet track from Tongue Bay which is about a 10 minute walk to a platform that overlooks Hill Inlet. If you time it right with the tides, you can expect a magnificent view of turquoise waters swirling with the white sand. Make sure you take your camera!

Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island

Cid Harbour is a very large anchorage and one of the best anchorages in the Whitsundays as it is suitable in all weather conditions. There is two sections to this bay - Sawmill Bay and Dugong Inlet (Dugong being the shallower anchorage of the two). There is a lovely 1km track from Sawmill Beach to Dugong Beach. Highly recommend taking the 5km walk up and back to Whitsunday Peak from the Sawmill Beach picnic area. From a 437m summit, witness spectacular 360 degree views over the Whitsunday Islands and mainland. It is simply breathtaking!

Hamilton Island

The biggest and busiest resort island, located in the middle of the Whitsunday group, Hamilton Island can be a great mid charter stop over. You are free to use all of the resort facilities (pools, showers, laundry, etc) and there are many restaurants and cafes to choose from and plenty of activities to keep you amused. Hire a golf buggy and drive around the 16kms of sealed road on the island, treat yourself to a massage or just pop in to top up your water, fuel and supplies and drop off rubbish. The island has a Doctors, Bakery, General Store, Bottleshop, Bank and Post Office. You can book an overnight berth for $105.00 for the night or visit on an hourly basis for $17.50 per hour. *Prices subject to change*