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Butterfly Bay Hook Island

The wild unspoilt beauty of Butterfly Bay will simply take your breath away. Carved deep into the mountainous lush hillsides of Hook Island, this spectacular uninhabited bay offers a sheltered anchorage amongst the warm emerald waters and picturesque sandy beach.

A designated green zone, this area of the island falls under the Whitsunday Islands National Park, a World Heritage Site, which protects the extensive reef here making it one of the best places for snorkelling within the Whitsundays archipelago. So don your mask and flippers and take to water and explore this magical underwater kingdom. With some hard corals, giant Maori wrasse, schools of parrotfish, rainbows of reef fish and majestic Manta rays to see on your travels you’ll need your underwater camera to remind you of all the colourful marine life you’ve seen.

When you surface for air, take to your kayak and head ashore for a leisurely picnic underneath the dappled shade of a mangrove tree and delight in the colonies of butterflies, which gather here in the shade and along the creek bed. Take one of the nearby bush trails up to the lookout point for impressive views down over the bay and surrounding reef before heading back onboard for a sundowner and another restful nights sleep in paradise.



  • Public moorings are available throughout the anchorage and their use is advised. Anchoring is permitted outside of the reef protection markers. Be careful for coral bommies only visible at low tide

Things to do:

  • Snorkelling is the main attraction at Butterfly Bay, with an extensive reef to explore it’s also perfect for a deep dive.
  • Take lunch ashore the island and delight in the pretty colonies of butterflies, which gather in the shade.


  • There are no facilities available for yachts