Sailing the Whitsundays

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Whitsunday Islands, Australia

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terri_casey terri_ca…
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Sail within your price range, you won't be disappointed Jan 04, 2013
I don’t know where to begin so here goes…

Bright blue skies, sparkling turquoise sea, glass of wine in hand sailing out along the horizon. It couldn’t be further from the river Thames or any other country I have visited. I was so lost for words it was scary.

Departing the harbor at Able Point Marina in the warm rain I expected a gloomy few days at sea. How surprised was I?! Wrapped up in bright yellow raincoats we drank on the wooden deck watching the clouds float by before a brilliant blue sky was revealed. I can think of nowhere better to be seeing in the new year than under the stars and trust me there were many stars out there.

Snorkelling at Mantaray Bay was an experience I will never forget. Floating over the corals in shallow water and chasing loggerhead turtles whilst snapping away with my waterproof camera. Whilst on the boat we saw dolphins playing directly in front of our boat. Wild dolphins!!

It only got better from there arriving at Whitehaven Beach. Wow!!! And…wow!! It looks just like the postcards but nothing beats the feeling of first stepping on the white silica sand. After a short uphill walk along the coastal path you arrive at a lookout over the beach which looks like its miles away. A few minutes walk later and you are standing on the edge of paradise.

If you do nothing else in Australia make sure that you sail the Whitsundays on one of the many tours. There is a boat to suit everyone so shop around.
Coral at Mantaray Bay
Whitehaven Beach
Snorkelling at Mantaray Bay
Whitehaven Beach
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oliveev oliveev
3 reviews
A worthwhile expenditure May 07, 2011
The Whitsunday islands 3 day and 2 night sailing trip that I went on with a friend was just amazing. It was like something that I'd never done before, being out on the open sea and at night enjoying being under the sky of bright shining stars. Whitehaven beach was gorgeous, and as we sailed past some of the islands it was like we were in the series 'Lost', just beautiful. We went snorkelling and the boat we were on offered a short scuba diving expedition for those who had never dived before, as a result I want to get my PADI! An experience I will never forget.
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dutchanna dutchanna
4 reviews
Sailing the Whitsundays May 20, 2009
Anybody heading to the Whitsundays must go on a sailing trip to fully experience the Whitsundays.

There are lots of different companies that offer 2 night, 3 day sailing trips but if you are picky and want to go on a specific boat I suggest you book in advance.

I spent three days on a maxi sailing yacht which was amazing. We all slept below deck and breakfast, lunch and dinner were included. What better than to enjoy some food and a drink while the sun sets! Some boats also let you help out with setting the sails which can be lots of fun while others are just to relax. There are also the party boats for those who just want to drink and party. On these you tend to sleep on an island rather than on the boat which is probably a good thing so you can recover slightly before getting back on the boat the next day.

Going sailing means that you get to see lots of different places around the Whitsundays. Try out some snorkeling if you can. We saw lots of cool fishes and turtles up close. The boats tend to stop at different places but one of the highlights for most is Whitehaven beach. This is one of those beaches that just takes your breath away with its very fine white sand and beautiful blue water. Be careful though with your camera as the sand is so fine it loves to settle in your camera with many having their cameras damaged.

If you plan on traveling up the East Coast of Australia, you should definitely try and stop by Airlie beach and hop on a sailing boat for 3 days.
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Our ship The Card
Our ship The Card in the Whitsunda…
Sunset from The Card in the Whitsu…
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