Our private beach
This morning we jumped on our boat bound for Whitehaven beach, which is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday island. This beach was awarded Australia's cleanest beach award in 2008 and in 2010 it was named the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world. So needless to say this place was amazingly beautiful! The whitest sand and crystal blue water. We were given special spandex suites that covered our whole body when we got in the ocean due to box jellyfish season. We had a nice small boat group and met people from all over the world. We landed and walked up and down the beach on our own...walking in ankle deep water with sting rays and reef sharks and shovel nose sharks all around our feet. It was awesome to be here in this beautiful place with the sharks swimming around us in their natural enviroment and not in an aquarium.
We walked some more and found a private beach that karli and I layed out for a while. We felt like we were the only ones on the island....we just about were, aside from our small boat group who wandered elsewhere. Some clouds rolled in and we had some tropical rain showers, but it was so warm outside the rain felt nice and warm. We truly felt like we were in a Robinson Crusoe story, on our own private island. The grey clouds had an amazing contrast with the white sand and blue water....fantastic colors! We made it back to the boat at a meetup time and all had lunch on the boat. After lunch, we snorkled in "Mantaray Bay" which is all in the "Inner Great Barrier Reef". We saw amazing tropical fish and reefs! We got back on the boat and unfortunately had to leave this paradise.
Returned back to Airlie Beach and swam in the lagoon for the remaining evening. We ate dinner at a restaurant right on the lagoon and I had "Moreton Bay Bugs" also known as the flathead lobster or Bay lobster...but they were DELICIOUS! We headed back to the RV park exhausted from the day of fun in the sun and great food and Aussie beer! That night was very hot and humid...the further north we drove in Australia the more tropical and hot it got. And the ONLY problem with our little camper van was that it had no Air Conditioning when the van was turned off while sleeping. A couple of times we had to turn on the van and sit in the front to cool off. Anyway, it was actually a rough night of sleep and there was no bereze outside. Since we couldn't sleep any longer we went ahead and hit the road VERY early in the morning!