Every trip itinerary on board Anaconda III is unique as the Skipper must take into consideration a number of factors such as tide, weather and mooring availability. While no itinerary is set in stone the crew will get you to the best possible destinations at that given time! *weather permitting. Given ideal conditions, the itinerary below would resume.
Destinations you should expect to visit: Whitsunday Island (Whitehaven Beach), Bait Reef (part of the Outer Great Barrier Reef), Hook Island (Luncheon Bay), Hayman Island (Blue Pearl Bay)
Other possible destinations to visit: Butterfly Bay, Langford Reef, Mackerel Bay, Maureen’s Cove, Border Island and many more!
DAY 1 – Depart Abell Point Marina at 7pm
As you board Anaconda III, you will be greeted by the friendly crew and offered a glass of bubbly to kick-start your adventure! A designated crew member will give you a tour of the vessel and show you to your assigned cabin. Once all passengers have boarded and settled in, it’s time to set sail into the night. Get to know your crew and other passengers over a couple cold beverages and nibblies. Enjoy the thrill of sailing under the stars as you make your way to your overnight anchorage. Your Skipper will find a calm, protected bay so that you can enjoy your night’s sleep.
DAY 2 – Whitehaven Beach and Hook Island
Thanks to all the travelling you did the night before, you are now right where you want to be to ultilise theentire day! After a delicious buffet-style breakfast, your crew will take you over to the southern end (less crowded area) of the infamous Whitehaven Beach. Take part in beach games and activities like cricket, baseball and beach volleyball or simply kick back and soak up the sunshine. Join our guided walk to the Southern Whitehaven ‘look-out’ which will give you breath-taking views of Pentecost Island and the tropical waters of the Whitsundays. After 2 – 3 hours of beach fun, you will re-board Anaconda III and get ready to sail to the top end of Hook Island. Don’t worry, the crew will have a hearty smorgasbord lunch awaiting your arrival!
Take in the scenery as you sail the length of Whitehaven Beach and other islands towards the top of Hook Island – there are many spectacular bays within this region to choose from. Once we have arrived to the destination (usually Luncheon Bay), your crew will prepare you for all in-water activities. This is the most ideal time and location to give scuba diving a try for the first time – you will start from a calm and shallow beach until you are comfortable, with the vibrant reefs only a mere 10 meters in the distance. Certified divers should not give this dive a miss! Your experienced dive guide will show you all the best that this underwater region has to offer. After an afternoon full of water activities, you will sail your way to Bait Reef, anchoring in a protected coral lagoon.
DAY 3 – A full day at the Outer Reef, Bait Reef
Enjoy a sensational day of snorkelling, scuba diving, sun and food; all whilst at the heart of the World’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef. With so much to be seen, you will find yourself having a hard time getting out of the water! Bait Reef is the primary destination for Anaconda III, offering numerous top dive sites, unparalleled to anywhere else in the World. Wind down the day with some great food, crisp drinks or perhaps a night dive?
DAY 4 – One last snorkel/dive and return
Depending on conditions and timing, Anaconda III will sail from Bait Reef to Hayman Island (Blue Pearl Bay) either the morning of day four or the previous night. Either way, you will get the chance to visit the Whitsundays ‘fish bowl’, Blue Pearl Bay. Whether snorkelling or scuba diving, you will be overwhelmed with the number and colours of tropical fish and other marine life that populate this bay. Don’t miss the crew’s fish feeding which often attracts Elvis, the large Maori Wrasse who dominates the region – probably the biggest and most friendly fish you’ve ever seen!
A two hour sailing journey will lead you back to Abell Point Marina, where the journey finishes. Keep those eyes peeled for the 2 hours as there’s always the chance of spotting dolphins, turtles, sea snakes, sharks and possibly even humpback whales (July – October)!