7 Night Charter Itinerary Suggestion
7 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 – Neck 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 3 – Whitehaven to Cateran BayGood 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 – Cateran Bay to Butterfly Bay
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 5 – Butterfly Bay 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 all conditions.
Day 6 – Nara Inlet to Palm BayThe bay provides a snug anchorage but extreme care must be taken entering this bay. Before entering please call the caretaker on 0429 873 938. A fee is payable for use of a mooring. There is a swimming pool, toilets, showers and BBQ area, but no food or drink available.
Day 7 – Palm 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 8 – 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.