There are plenty of beautiful anchorages to explore in the Whitsundays. Many charterers return year after year and continue to discover new anchorages teeming with marine life and sandy beaches. Use this suggested itinerary as a basic guide for your own Whitsunday catamaran holiday.
Day/night 1 – Airlie Beach – Nara Inlet
A beautiful and large inlet that is ideal in all weather conditions with good anchor holding. The water looks like glass in perfect conditions. Take a bush walk up and explore the aboriginal caves or throw a line in and catch a fish. The waterfall is particularly amazing after heavy rain.
Day/night 2 – Nara Inlet – Langford Reef – Blue Pearl Bay
Langford Reef is a beautiful sand and coral spit extending from Langford Island that is only fully visible at low tide. There is excellent diving found here.
Blue Pearl Bay can be easily reached from Langford. There is also excellent diving and snorkelling found here and public moorings are available to pick up. Good protection from all winds except north westerlies.
Day/night 3 – Blue Pearl Bay – Butterfly Bay
Butterfly Bay is a great place to snorkel or dive. You can easily dinghy around to Maureens Cove, Luncheon Bay and Mantaray Bay from here as well for more beautiful snorkelling and diving. There are public moorings available here. This is a good overnight anchorage if you want to do a lot of snorkelling and exploring.
Day/night 4 – Butterfly Bay – Cateran Bay – Mackeral Bay
Cateran Bay has lovely sandy beaches accessible at high tide and very good coral for snorkelling. It is best in lighter conditions.
Mackeral Bay is also good in lighter conditions. The reef offers some interesting exploring with the dinghy or snorkelling and the fishing here is good.
Day/night 5 – Mackeral Bay – Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach probably needs no introduction and by hiring your own catamaran, you get the opportunity to anchor off this beautiful beach and spend a lot of time there. Take the dinghy over to Bettys Beach and do the short walk up to Hill Inlet for spectacular views (this is best at low tide when the blue of the water and white of the sand swirl together).
Day/night 6 – Whitehaven Beach – Hamilton Island
Spend a night at Hamilton Island marina and take advantage of full use of the resort facilities. Dine at one of the many restaurants or cafes and drop off rubbish and top up water and fuel
Day/night 7 – Hamilton Island – Cid Harbour
Only a short sail from Hamilton Island, Cid Harbour is a very large harbour which is good in all weather conditions. There are two parts to the anchorage, Sawmill Bay and Dugong Inlet and there is a lovely 1km walk between the two. There is also a fantastic walk up to Whitsunday Peak (about a 2 hour round trip) with spectacular views across all of the Whitsunday Islands.