Sailing The Whitsundays
Whitsunday Islands Travel Blog› entry 42 of 117 › view all entries
March 30th, 2007 – by: dan2105
We met the three members of the crew - two colourful Aussie stereotypes who pretty much ignored the blokes onboard, and a young English girl who was on a year out playing the hostie. After setting off, we had to lend a hand with getting the sails up so that we could get to our first destination.
Then it was to our sleeping quarters, which, because of our late arrival, meant we had last choice. I actually ended up with one I was happy with, in a side cabin from the main and with a lookout to the stars above. Apart from it being a bit sticky still from the day's blistering sunshine, I still had a pretty good couple of night's sleep.
An early start for our only full day onboard, and it was sails up again as we went to our next location, Whitehaven Beach. Perhaps hammered to death in the postcards you see on your travels, on a perfect sunny day it still looked spectacular, despite being semi-full of similar trips of 18 to 30-year-olds basking in its beauty.
After a spot on lunch it was snorkelling time again, this time around Black Island. The visibility was better and the fish were out in full. Again, I tried to follow a couple of big ones and generally just get on their nerves a bit. As we were anchored, any leftover food was fed to the bat fish who were so keen for the stale bread we placed on the surface, you could even give them a bit of a stroke or a slap.
Again taking the helm, we steered the boat towards where we would anchor for our second and final night, Caves Cape. There, we were treated to a very tasty barbeque that was cooked on the back of the boat. Most were pretty tired from a (somehow) quite exhausting lazy day and retired to bed early. Then a bit of snorkelling at 7:00 the next morning before we headed back to Airlie Beach to disembark. A wonderful couple of days, if a huge contrast to that of hectic Fraser Island. It was a refreshing change, in a way, to being wet and covered in sand, but perhaps Fraser Island edges it for me in comparison because I enjoyed really having to bond with the team while we where there - perhaps a view or a scene is best when its earned, rather than someone taking you to it. Two great trips, though, and definitely worth breaking the budget for.
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