Sailing around the Whitsunday Islands

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As we caught the overnight bus, we arrived into Airlie beach very early in the morning (around 6am). We were greeted with a heavy rainstorm....not much new there. Originally I was supposed to be going sailing around the Whitsundays on my own as Russell gets very sea sick and after our deep sea fishing trip he vowed never to go on a boat again! After speaking to various people who assured him the sea would be calm and there would be lots of opportunity to get off the boat and gave him the name of some good sea sickness tablets, he decided to join me on our sailing adventure.

On the tuesdsay morning we were picked up from our accomodation and taken to the boat. There were a mixture of different people on the boat - old, young, some families, which was nice. We also ended up being on the boat with 4 girls we had stayed in a dorm with a few nights ago and an austrian couple who were on the fraser island trip with us - such a small world! After picking some passengers up from Daydream Island we sailed to Whitehaven beach. All was going well, until it poured down with rain and all 80 people had to fit inside, a bit of a tight squeeze but it wasnt for  too long. The beach itself was amazing and we got to spend an hour swimming in the sea and sunbathing. In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to do some snorkelling and even though the water was a bit cloudy it was still amazing. You'll be glad to hear though that the sea sickness tablets worked, maybe a little too well, as they made Russell a bit drowsy but he didnt suffer at all. That evening we spent on Long Island (one of the Whistsunday Islands), unfortunately or luckily in our case, there had been a power failure for most of the day so we were upgraded to our own room.

The next day we thought we would do a bit of exploring around the island before heading back, but it was raining so heavily we decided to give it a miss and head back to Airlie Beach.

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As we caught the overnight bus, we arrived into Airlie beach very early in the morning (around 6am). We were greeted with a heavy rainstorm....not much new there. Originally I was supposed to be going sailing around the Whitsundays on my own as Russell gets very sea sick and after our deep sea fishing trip he vowed never to go on a boat again! After speaking to various people who assured him the sea would be calm and there would be lots of opportunity to get off the boat and gave him the name of some good sea sickness tablets, he decided to join me on our sailing adventure.

On the tuesdsay morning we were picked up from our accomodation and taken to the boat. There were a mixture of different people on the boat - old, young, some families, which was nice. We also ended up being on the boat with 4 girls we had stayed in a dorm with a few nights ago and an austrian couple who were on the fraser island trip with us - such a small world! After picking some passengers up from Daydream Island we sailed to Whitehaven beach. All was going well, until it poured down with rain and all 80 people had to fit inside, a bit of a tight squeeze but it wasnt for  too long. The beach itself was amazing and we got to spend an hour swimming in the sea and sunbathing. In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to do some snorkelling and even though the water was a bit cloudy it was still amazing. You'll be glad to hear though that the sea sickness tablets worked, maybe a little too well, as they made Russell a bit drowsy but he didnt suffer at all. That evening we spent on Long Island (one of the Whistsunday Islands), unfortunately or luckily in our case, there had been a power failure for most of the day so we were upgraded to our own room.

The next day we thought we would do a bit of exploring around the island before heading back, but it was raining so heavily we decided to give it a miss and head back to Airlie Beach.

Whitsunday Islands
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