10 Night Charter Itinerary Suggestion
10 Night Charter Departing from Hamilton Island
Day 1 – Hamilton Island to Plantation Bay or Neck Bay
Plantation Bay is a tranquil anchorage with a nice long beach to explore. Good anchoring in
NW-NE and okay in E-SE-E up to 15 knots.
Neck Bay has a great beach and you can access the other side of the island by a short walk.
There is an extensive reef, so you need to watch the tides when going into shore. Good in S-SE
winds and can be a bit rolly if it is more easterly.
Day 2 – Plantation Bay or Neck Bay to Thomas Island
There are anchorages on either side of Thomas that afford protection from all breezes except
westerlies. There are nice sandy beaches on either side and this island tends to be less
frequented than those in the north. Some vessels are restricted from venturing this far south, so
please check with reservations.
Day 3 – Thomas island to Palm BayBookings are a must in this small boutique resort. Excellent in all winds except W-NW. Overnight stays on an inside mooring tied up to a Palm Tree are $45.00 and then $25.00 p/person to enjoy the island facilities. We recommend dining ashore, as the food is exceptional. Beautiful pool and spa area to enjoy and shower facilities available. Children are not really welcome nor are bigger groups of people in this intimate, romantic resort.
Day 4 – Palm Bay to Whitehaven Beach
This 5km beach of pure white silica sand is extremely popular and a must to visit on everyone’s
itinerary. Can sometimes be rolly at night and at dusk and dawn if on the beach watch out for
the sandflies! Good in all breezes but N-NE.
Day 5 – Whitehaven Beach to Nara Inlet
Beautiful Fjord like inlet. Entrance is on the starboard side as there is an extensive reef to port.
Nara Inlet features ancient aboriginal cave paintings with a good bush walk and views over the
inlet. Take a walk to the top of the waterfall which is spectacular after heavy rains. Anchoring
only (no moorings) with very good holding and one of the best places for a sound night’s sleep in
Day 6 – Nara Inlet to Daydream IslandThere are moorings here which are located just outside the harbour entrance (currently $55.00). This anchorage is not the best in windy conditions but the resort is well worth a visit especially if you want to treat yourself to a wonderful spa experience. There is a bar, restaurants, pool, outdoor aquarium, mini golf and outdoor cinema to enjoy.
Day 7 – Daydream to Stonehaven
This is a really good anchorage that has 10 or so moorings to pick up. Anchoring is also possible,
however it will be in fairly deep water and this anchorage is known for it’s wind bullets in strong
breezes. Protection from NE-E-SE-S winds between 15-25 knots. There is also some nice snorkeling
to be found here.
Day 8 – Stonehaven to Butterfly Bay via Langford ReefWhen approaching Langford from Stonehaven be very careful to negotiate your path between the special mark on the southern end of Black Island and the starboard mark on the SE edge of Langfords sand spit. There are moorings to pick up here and very good snorkeling. Great lunchtime spot and walking along the sand spit which gets more exposed as the tide goes out is amazing. Protected in SW-S-SE to 15 knots. A great place to snorkel or dive. There are quite a few public moorings in these bays but anchoring can also be done outside of the reef protection markers. Bullets can be frequent in strong southerlies, so if anchoring make sure it is well set. From Butterfly you can also dinghy around to Maureens Cove for more beautiful snorkeling and diving. There is an abundance of fish and corals that can take you days to explore. Not a good anchorage in northerlies & fishing is not permitted.
Day 9 – Butterfly Bay to Cateran Bay
Good in E-SE-S-SW breezes but can be a little rolly as the wind easts. Best in lighter conditions.
Great snorkeling and diving and a pretty beach accessible at high tide. There are public
moorings in place here and anchoring is permitted outside of the reef protection buoys.
Day 10 – Cateran Bay to Cid Harbour
Sawmill Beach is a very good anchorage in anything except W-NW-N winds. In this case
anchoring in Dugong Inlet is an option in all but West winds. Sawmill Beach has a great
walking track which is not too strenuous around to Dugong Beach or if you are fit and have the
whole day consider a walk to Whitsunday Peak for spectacular views over The Whitsundays. This
anchorage is teeming with Turtles and you will also spot Sea Eagles and the occasional Dugong!
Day 11 – Cid Harbour to Hamilton IslandEnjoy a 7nm sail from Cid Harbour back to Hamilton Island.
Please note that this is a general guide only and is subject to weather conditions.