7 Days Yacht Charter Itinerary Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of several beautiful Great Barrier Reef islands. Whitsundays is a renowned cruising ground and are rated as one of the World’s best sailing locations for yacht charter vacations and Regattas. Its waters are a truly fabulous aquatic playground and offer numerous water sport activities. Sailors flock to the Whitsundays to experience the gorgeous sailing and to visit the stunning beaches. Beautiful clear waters and plenty of fantastic snorkeling and diving opportunities you will find here.
The following itinerary is only a suggestion.
Depart Airlie Beach for Nara Inlet on the west coast of Hook Island.
Nara Inlet is a long, narrow, fjord like anchorage at the south western side of Hook Island and a popular choice for the first night anchorage. It is easy to reach and is well sheltered, with plenty of room for one more boat when the weather turns nasty and gives you an easy introduction to your sailing holiday in the Whitsundays. There are also waterfalls, caves and rock paintings to explore if you are feeling adventurous.
Sail south down the west coast of Hook Island, across the Whitsunday Passage, and down the west coast of Whitsunday Island.
The Whitsunday Island is the biggest island in the group and the Whitsunday Passage is made up of the northernmost islands of the Whitsundays. Whitsunday Passage is easily accessible from most of the coastal suburbs. Many people will anchor at Cid Harbour or Gulnare Inlet for the 2nd night of their yacht charter vacation. There are several sandy beaches nearby and you can explore by walking track or even climb up to the Whitsunday Peak for a superb panoramic view.
Sail down south to the southern anchorages of Whitsunday Island, or Hamilton Island.
Hamilton Island is a modern resort island, with a busy marina and a choice of bars and restaurants to eat and drink in, and some specialty shops to hunt for souvenirs in. Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention. Here is a good place to top up on fuel and water if required.
Sail north to the world famous Whitehaven Beach.
Whitehaven Beach is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island. Whitehaven Beach is known for its white silica sand. Dogs are not permitted on the beach and cigarette smoking is prohibited. The water is crystal clear here, and provides for some amazing snorkeling and swimming experiences. A favorite anchorage is at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach in Tongue Bay.
Sail north with a stop at Border Island, off the northeast coast of Whitsunday Island.
Border Island is one of the top snorkeling spots in the Whitsunday Island group. As the reef is protected from anchoring and there is no fishing allowed it abounds with sea life and coral of all varieties.For the more energetic a climb to the saddle between the peaks of Border Island offers excellent views. Check the tides if leaving the dinghy on the beach as the fringing coral in front of the beach can leave you stranded.
Sail further north to Butterfly Bay or Manta Ray Bay on Hook Island.
The swimming and snorkeling in these northern areas of the Whitsunday Islands rivals anything to be found on the Great Barrier Reef itself…..and a safe and sheltered anchorage is always within easy reach.
Explore Hayman Island, or cruise south across the Whitsunday Passage to Daydream Island or South Molle Island.
Hayman Island is nestled in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, close to the Great Barrier Reef, off Australia”s north Queensland coast. This Whitsundays resort is the most northern island in the Whitsunday Islands group and is renowned for its elegance, service and superior location. Hayman Island is a unique, luxury resort, and is a member of the prestigious organization, The Leading Hotels of the World.
Back to Airlie Beach.
A short sail brings you back to Abel Point Marina on Airlie Beach. Sadly your dream yacht charter in the Whitsundays is over, but you will take with you the memories of a lifetime.