Airlie Beach (The Whitsunday Islands)
Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
117Trip End Jul 28, 2008
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Once we reached Hill Inlet viewpoint on Whitsunday Island we finally realised what all the chat was about. A picture postcard of a tropical paradise. The sand was so pure and white it squeaked beneath your feet. The warm water was crystal clear and a swim anywhere else in the world will now probably be a bit of a disappointment!
The afternoon was spent snorkelling at a secluded bay. Having been spoilt by our experiences at Ningaloo Reef and Michaelmas Cay, the coral certainly wasn't as impressive and sadly much of it had been damaged by careless flippers. Nevertheless there was still an abundance of marine life, particularly coming face to face with angelfish as the bumped into your mask as well as the looming presence of a 6ft giant wrasse! It's creepy stare was a touch unnerving.
As we sailed back to Airlie Beach the weather turned and conditions roughened up, but it only added yet more drama to yet another memorable day.