Airlie Beach Travel Blog› entry 14 of 41 › view all entries
We arrived intoAirlie Beach very bleery eyed after an overnight greyhound where they stopped for meal breaks every half an hour.
We were picked up by our hostel at the bus stop and then had to be fast tracked through check in and onto the sailing company. We felt like we were going round the houses as we were passed on from company to company. We arrived at the dock and by complete chance met a couple from Loughborough university who we had bumped into in Darwin, very strange.
Our boat was SV Whitehaven and we spent a glorious three days on the boat. It was a tall ship and had all mod cons such as showers and toilets We snorkelled on the great barrier reef, yep even me ( well a little bit) which was amazing to see the coral so close. On the first day we star spotted with our new bookout on deck and were treated to great meals. We all slept like logs as the rocking of the boat actually helped us to sleep.
The second day we got up bright and early,but refreshed after our sleep. We sailedto Whitsunday island and onto Whitehaven beach which was just like paradise. The sand was pure white and the sea was a greeny blue, it was all to do with the minerals in the sea and the silica in the sand. After pottering round the beach, and basking in the sun which eventually came out we headed back onto the boat and set sail again for some more snorkelling. I didn't goin this time as you had tojumpoff the boat, but there wasn't much to see anyway. Ijust chilled out and chatted to the other girls on the boat. It was tea and biscuit time when they came back which was very welcome.
We sailed onto our evening mooring and tried to search for sharks in the waters. We saw lots of fish whichwe attracted by disturbing algae which glowed a vivid white, but the sharks didn't follow. We drank wine under the stars and chatted to the rest of our group.
The second nights sleep was abit disturbed due to the rockingof the boat so the 6 am wake up call wasn't welcomed with open arms, but we dealt with it. We sailed to a look outand went on a bush walk to see aboriginal wall painitng and a not very impressive waterfall. It was nice to get off and stretch our legs.
After that it was a beautiful sail back to Airlie beach marina and onto dry land after a great trip.