What's so good about Nara Inlet? Ask that question to anyone at the Rent a Yacht office and they will tell you, pretty much everything!
In this post, we will share everything you need to know about staying at Nara Inlet and make sure you know about the amazing sites and activities in this special corner of the Whitsunday Islands.
If you are interested in looking at all of the anchorage options around the Whitsundays, make sure you head over to our interactive anchorage map of the Whitsundays.
Nara Inlet is easy to get to and being on the South of Hook Island, it’s central to many other popular sites in the Whitsundays. As the name suggests, the anchorage is in an inlet making Nara the most protected anchorage in the Whitsundays. When you spend the night tucked into Hook Island, you’re protected from the north, south-east and west, meaning you're likely to have a relaxing evening.
It’s not only peaceful but incredibly scenic. The waters at Nara are very still with steeply wooded hills on either side. You’ll notice those awesome, craggy hilltops reaching for the sky-high up on the left side as one navigates deeper into the anchorage. Keep an eye out for the goats hanging out on the rocks.
Nara Inlet is spacious. Dozens of boats can anchor almost anywhere down the two-mile stretch of the inlet and still have masses of swing room.
Perhaps one of the most exciting attractions for nature loves is the abundance of wildlife. Home to many dolphins, turtles, a family of white-bellied sea eagles, brahminy kites, cockatoos, bush turkeys and a variety of egrets and herons you're bound to enjoy getting up close to some of the Whitsundays "local residence". And don't forget, at certain times of the year, you're very likely to be enjoying the company of Humpback Whales around the entrance to Nara Inlet!
When you enter Nara Inlet, avoid the shallow reefs by staying on the starboard side.
We recommend that you stay clear of Refuge Bay because there are some tricky coral bommies and reef in this area.
You’re likely to be anchoring in a depth range of between 7 to 9 metres, therefore be prepared to have between 30 to 40 metres of chain out even before you connect your mooring bridle (catamarans) or mooring snubber (monohulls). Remember to let even more chain out in the unlikely event of high overnight winds. Golden Rule: “If in doubt, let more out!”
Nara has heavy-duty mud on the seafloor, which makes for great anchor holding. The downside is you'll need to wash off this mud from your anchor and chain as you retrieve it before leaving, but that's a very small price to pay for the security of a peaceful nights sleep.
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Few anchorages in the Whitsundays offer as many attractions and as much protection as Nara Inlet, it's so special you might want to add an extra night here to your itinerary.
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