WHITSUNDAYS 7 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY
The Whitsundays or to give them their proper title, The Cumberland Islands, are located in the Southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef.
Named by the famed Captain Cook, this stunning archipelago consisting of 74 Islands was discovered in 1700 on the second Sunday of Easter. Only 8 are inhabited with resorts. Almost all of the Islands are National parks covered with grass, trees and bush fringed by reefs and in many cases glorious white Sandy beaches.
Known as Ngaro Country, the Whitsundays reflect Aboriginal presence throughout the territory. Research points to Aboriginal habitation dating back some 8000 years. Wall paintings in caves at Nara inlet and on Hook Island indicate rich harvests of fish, turtle and rock oysters supplying the indigenous tribes of the region.
June is the start of the Australian winter and air temperature is normally around 25 degrees C or 75 F. The evenings can be a little cooler and a light jacket or sweater may be advisable. Possible occasional light showers in the afternoon. Sunrise 06.30/Sunset 17.30 approx.
The water temperature usually hovers around the 24 degrees C /73 F. A summer wetsuit is recommended for water activities such as swimming, snorkelling and diving. We do have a good selection on board however I would suggest bringing your own if possible as we cannot guarantee the perfect fit which is needed to ensure the wetsuit keeps you warm.
Diving, Snorkelling, Fishing, SUP, Kayaking, Kite surfing, Spear Fishing, Hiking, Golf, Beach combing, Restaurants, Bars and cultural experiences are among the myriad of pursuits we have to offer in this adventure playground......
DAY 1 - Hamilton Island
After disembarking your flight at Hamilton Airport you will be met by Captain Martin and transferred to MY Spirit berthed nearby and introduced to your professional crew for the next week. Time to unwind….At your leisure you will be briefed on safety and familiarized with Spirit and her facilities and toys, we hope you will treat her as your home away from home for your time on board. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Hamilton Island or if you wish Golf at the famous Hamilton Island Golf Course on Dent Island, 18holes, par 71 designed by Peter Thompson. This can of course be an option for the following day….
Lunch served on board at your leisure and perhaps a table for Dinner at the stunning yacht club.
DAY 2 - Neck bay
Today will see us departing our berth and heading south to the Lindeman group of Islands. Here we will find anchorage in the protected waters of Neck Bay on Shaw Island. From here we will use our tenders to explore the surrounding Islands and reefs. Fishing, Snorkelling, Hiking, Kayaking and SUP will be on the menu today.
Breakfast and lunch will be served at your convenience and today dinner will be a barbeque Aussie style
DAY 3 - Whitehaven Beach
After a leisurely breakfast we will make our way North to Whitehaven Bay where the famed Whitehaven beach with its swirling brilliant white silica sand is located. Weather permitting we will anchor in Tongue or Apostle bay giving us access by tender to Hill Inlet, its hikes and amazing array of shifting sands and mangroves home to wide variety offish and wildlife. The afternoon will see us heading to the North to anchor securely in Butterfly Bay on Hook Island.
Lunch and Dinner at your leisure.
DAY 4 - Butterfly Bay, Luncheon bay and Manta Ray Bay
After a light breakfast I would suggest exploring the delights of the Northern Bays of Hook Island. Diving, Snorkelling and fishing will be the recommended pursuits of the day with maybe some hiking in the afternoon…
Lunch and Dinner on board at your convenience.
DAY 5 - Nara and Macona Inlets.
After Breakfast at your leisure we will relocate to the Southern Inlets of Hook Island.Located in the Northern reaches of the stunning Nara Inlet you will find the Aboriginal Rock Art created by the Ngaro People. Nara Inlet also features a stunning hike leading to breathtaking views.
Lunch and Dinner at you convenience
DAY 6 - Cid Harbour/Cid Island
After an early morning relocation to Cid harbour I would recommend an early hike to Whitsundays Peak to enjoy the breathtaking views that it has to offer. The rest of the day will see exploration of the glorious bays and inlets that abound in this area. Kayaking, SUP snorkel or fish your way through this wonderful location…….
Brunch and a true Aussie style Beach Barbeque are on offer today!
DAY 7 - Hamilton Island
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Sydney then onwards home with we sincerely hope fond memories of Spirit the Whitsundays and your crew.
There will always be a qualified crew member to guide and instruct you in the use of Spirits water sports equipment. In the interest of safety all water sports will be supervised.
The following equipment is readily available.
- Inflatable/Towable toys
- Selection of wet suits, dive skins and rash protection
- Kite boarding equipment for qualified kite boarders can be rented ashore
- Scuba Diving is available for certified divers with insurance in place
- Instructor accompanied Scuba diving is available for non-certified divers
- Kite Boarding is available for IKO certified kiters
- Kite Boarding lessons are available but need to be booked in advance
- Scuba Diving
- Wake Boarding
- Water Skiing
We have a selection of wet suits, Dive Skins and rash protection on board however we suggest if you have your own then bring it along as you will be far more comfortable.