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Islands & Anchorages

Islands & Anchorages

The tropical islands are fringed with coral reefs and white beaches, and feature numerous secure anchorages. The outer Great Barrier Reef provides protection from ocean swells providing calm sailing in the Whitsundays.

Cruising the Islands

Cruising time between anchorages is, in most cases, less than two hours. The reef and islands all form part of the vast Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and, as such, the sea-life and wildlife are protected, and fishing is restricted in some areas.

Resort & Marina Information

There are a few island resorts that you can visit while bareboating in the Whitsundays. It is best to contact them personally to arrange berths/moorings. Most welcome visiting yachts, offering evening entertainment, dining, and the use of their facilities.

If you are unable to contact the resort, call Whitsunday Escape and we can make a booking on your behalf. During the peak season it is advisable to contact island resorts as early as possible to arrange visits as space is limited.

During 2017, the only island resorts you can visit are Hamilton Island and Palm Bay on Long Island.

RESORT AND MARINA INFORMATION

Significant Sites of the Whitsundays

The Whitsunday Islands have a long and rich history from the early Ngaro people who inhabited the islands, to the arrival of Captain Cook in 1770 who gave the islands their current name.

We’ve also had numerous movies film in the Whitsundays, including Pirates of the Caribbean! Check out the map to find out where and see other points of interest amongst the Whitsunday Islands.

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Suggested Itineraries

These itineraries are provided as a guide only to give you an indication of how far you can travel in 7 – 10 days. We recommend you keep your plans flexible so that you can adapt and alter your course to suit the prevailing conditions. Every charter is different and the activities you wish to participate in may alter each day.