Whitsunday Island Hopping
The Whitsundays is often a must-see destination when travelling around Australia. With varied islands, white sand beaches and reefs to visit, I have found the best way to see them is by boat, spending a few nights going from island to island.
There are a myriad of options available, from chartering your own boat with friends, jumping aboard a crewed sailing cruise or even grabbing an island-hopper pass to get from the mainland to Hamilton Island or Daydream Island.
The best part about visiting the islands by boat is that no two visits will be the same, so weigh anchor, set sail and see what each day brings.
Having sailed around the islands a few times, there a couple of places that I would visit time and time again:
Whitehaven Beach: Featuring some of the world’s whitest sand, this isolated beach is the most photographed in Australia and, as you anchor off shore, you will see why. Wander to the northern end of the beach to a cove where the tide shifts the sand and water, creating moving pictures.
Blue Pearl Bay: A little further out on the north-western side of Hayman Island, in my opinion, this is the best place to go snorkelling or diving without visiting the outer reef. Just grab a mask and jump off the back of the boat to explore.
Cateran Bay: On the northern point of Border Island, is an almost untouched paradise. This beautiful island has been designated a ‘Green Zone’ and the reef is fully protected from fishing and anchoring. It is worth heading ashore and hiking up to the top of the hill for some amazing views back across to Whitsunday Island.
Nara Inlet: One of the most protected anchorages in the Whitsundays, located off Hook Island. You will travel through the narrow entrance into a fjord-like cavern surrounded by lush greenery.