Whitsunday Islands

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Alex: It took a bit of convincing to get Dean to agree on a full day sailing trip but in the end he did and we were both please he did.

After recovering from our second to last overnight bus of the trip (and first for a few months) we headed out early in the morning to set out on Camira, a bright purple, $4million catamaran yacht. The Whitsunday islands are beautiful complete with tropical rain-forests, pure white beaches, turquoise blue seas, the lot. We stopped for a slightly disappointing snorkeling session at the north end of Whitsunday Island (the water was too cloudy to see anything and our masks kept steaming up no matter how much spit we used) but the water was warm and it was fun to splash about in it a bit. After that we headed to the spectacular Whitehaven beach, 9km of brilliant white silica sand. I just lay enjoying the scenery and topping up my tan while Dean joined some of the other guys for a game of beach soccer, with the odd dip in the sea to cool off. Back on board we tucked into a proper Aussie BBQ before carrying on, on the perfectly calm waters to finish our circumnavigation of Whitsunday Island. We didn't do much but it was a wonderful day, the sea behaved, the sun made an appearance and we were in a spectacular area.  What more can you ask for? We were dropped off on Daydream Island to catch a ferry to Long Island where we would spend the night. When we got off the ferry we were greeted by the local wallabies, always a good start. The resort on Long Island was a bit like the usual UK Package holiday resorts, not normally my thing, but for one day it was wonderful. Once again we didn't do much but it was really nice just to chill out in a little piece of paradise.

Back in Airlie beach we caught our last overnight bus to Cairns.....
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