Sailing the Whitsunday's

Trip Start Nov 11, 2006
Trip End Nov 11, 2007

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Lucy and I flew to Prosperpine airport on April fools day and stayed in Airlie Beach.  Monday was a free day as on the Tuesday we were booked on a three day three night trip on the Anaconda III.  We decided to hire a car that day and travel to Bowen which is the home of the big Mango and the start of the Whitsunday's.  While we were organising the car hire a tsunami alert for the whole of the east coast of Australia was announced on the TV and radio.  You can imagine our relief that we had the means to drive to higher ground if need be but thankfully only a 15cm wave was recorded - phew!  Our three day sailing trip was fantastic although the weather let us down somewhat.  Our boat was one of the few boats that travels to the Outer Reef.  Sadly because of the sea state (5/10 - 1 is calm waters) we were unable to do this.  We did visit most of the sights including Whitehaven Beach and Blue Pearl Bay and the food/company on the boat was great.  Also Lucy did her first ever scubadive.  The visability wasn't great though and it wasn't the most reassuring that our instructor spoke very little English and didn't teach us how to use our BC instead dragging us down and inflating/deflating the vest herself.  After three days on the ocean we were relieved to be back on dry land.  It took a few hours for the swaying feeling to end though!  We celebrated the end of the trip with a meal and drinks at a local bar/restaurant called Reefos.  As it was Good Friday there were some complicated rules about drinking.  Basically we could drink one hour before, during and then after our meal.  Our meal lasted hours let me tell you!  One of the girls only had a pea left on her plate but insisted to the waitress that she 'wasn't finished yet'!  It was Lucy's birthday at midnight so the celebrations continued into the night.... :)
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