Hook Island is the second largest island in the Cumberland group, and home to some of the most spectacular anchorages in the Whitsundays. Here are some of our favourites!
This spectacular inlet on the southern side of Hook Island is sheltered from almost all sides by the towering steep hills of Hook Island - you will be almost guaranteed a perfect night’s sleep here! When you’re not paddle boarding or kayaking over the glassy waters, take the short hike up to the Aboriginal Caves where you can see ancient cave paintings. If it’s rained recently you may also spot some waterfalls and creeks flowing towards the very end of the inlet.
Situated right next door to Nara Inlet, Macona Inlet is similarly protected from most sides and offers a comfortable sheltered anchorage, a good alternative if the popular Nara Inlet is busy. There are a number of sand beaches to explore via tender or kayaks. When entering this anchorage be sure to keep to your port side to avoid Proud Rock by the entrance.
Stonehaven is located on the eastern side of Hook Island. Boasting a sprawling bay and surrounded by the hills of Hook Island, this anchorage is surrounded by extensive fringing reefs offering great snorkelling and marine life. Look out for the resident turtle who frequently visits vessels, but please don’t feed him! Take care when travelling through here, and use the moorings available to avoid damaging coral.
Butterfly Bay is on the northern side of Hook Island, and has plenty of moorings available, no anchoring is permitted here. This anchorage is another favourite for snorkelling, with coral reefs and an abundance of friendly marine life. The water is clear, and there’s even a few soft sandy beaches to lay out a towel.
These two anchorages are located next to one another. While these anchorages are not generally recommended for overnight stays, (Maureen’s Cove will provide you with a slightly more comfortable night if you must) they are both great spots to spend a day snorkelling or diving, and admiring the marine life. Occasionally you might even spot some goats on the rocks of Hook Island. Both of these anchorages have moorings and anchoring is not permitted, to ensure the coral is protected.
Butterfly Bay Mooring