10 Night Charter Suggested Itinerary
10 Night Charter Departing from Airlie Beach
Day 1 – Airlie Beach 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 2 – Cid Harbour 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 3 – Whitehaven to Cateran BayCateran Bay at Bordre Island is 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 4 – Cataran Bay to Nara Inlet
Found by Hook Island, Nara Inlet is a beautiful Fjord like inlet with the entrance 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 all conditions.
Day 5 – Nara Inlet to Daydream Island
There are moorings here which are located just outside the harbour entrance. 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 6 – Daydream to StonehavenThis 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. This anchorage is known for it’s bullets in strong breezes but does offer protection between NE‐E‐SE‐S between 15 to 25 knots. There are some snorkel spots to be found here.
Day 7 – Stonehaven to Butterfly Bay
This is a great bay 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 8 – Butterfly Bay to Blue Pearl Bay
Blue Pearl Bay can be reached easily from Langford, making sure you stay on the outside of Akhurst Island as you make
your way into this anchorage. There are moorings to pick up and some great snorkeling and diving to be
found in this popular anchorage. Protected from NE‐E‐SE 15‐25kn this anchorage can get rolly at times.
Day 9 – Blue Pearl Bay to Macona InletEntrance to Macona is on the Port side. Almost as protected as Nara Inlet and has some nice sand beaches to explore. Good in all winds.
Day 10 – Macona Inlet to Woodwark Bay
Not often frequented by other boats but makes a good last night anchorage with only a short distance to
Abel Point Marina. Good in E‐SE‐S‐SW‐W breezes 15‐25 knots. Can get rolly at times. Good fishing and
Day 11 – Woodwark to Airlie BeachEnjoy a 8nm sail from Woodwark back to Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach.
Please note that this is a general guide only and is subject to weather conditions.