Cool turtles and goon....
Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
41Trip End Jun 12, 2011
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We take the overnight bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach - about 11 hours, we both sleep really. well.We book into a shit hole called Magnums, and spend our night there before our sailing adventure, although for me, I know exactly what is coming as 2 years ago I sailed on this exact same boat around the Whitsunday islands! - it just so happened to be the best priced one again now, I wonder if the same crew are on board?!
We wonder down to the harbor with our little soft bags (mine filled right up) and a goon bag ready for the party nights - we sit and wait as others congregate around, me and Jane check out who is on our boat, 17 all together quite a nice number. We get on our boat, and de ja vu sets in for me, its like it was last week me, Ali and Simon were sitting on the boat deck ready to have fun. I discover none of the original crew were on board this time. We set off with the skipper giving us a light hearted safety briefing - and then we get chatting to our fellow passengers, it soon becomes evident of a divide in the group, our group claims the starbird side of the ship, while the other group claims the port side, rarely did we cross to greet each other
The next day sees an early start with the boat starting up - and a hangover not a good combination as the boat sways heavily! - a few people this day were sea sick, Jane included - I told her she should have calmed down last night and not to have drunk all that goon!!! We set off to Whitehaven beach - my paradise! The sun is shining, and I cant wait to see it again.
The beach is still beautiful with its pure white sand and blue sky, me and Jane pose for a few photos and we get a big group photo with us all shouting "fuck u Tom" rather then the more traditional cheese, we then get down to the beach and have a chill out, the boys get into their stinger suits and play ball in the water, and us girlie's explore the beach
We get to a nice reef, me and Jane had been saying all along that we wanted to see a turtle and it was the last thing we had to see - well, luck was on our side, we did see a massive one! At first he was hiding near some coral, then he decided to set off for a swim, so we swam with him, side by side with him, it was really cool, I got some great pics, and he looked so chilled just swimming around. Then I felt something I really didn't want to - I had a sharp pain on my left wrist and up my arm, I knew exactly what it was, a bloody jelly fish had stung me. I was in a stinger suit, but my hands were not covered by this. I was a bit panicked, as the only stingers you hear about are the deadly ones! so naturally I was a bit worried! I swam back to the little dingy boat that was in the water with us, holding my arm out of the water, not sure what to do with it! When I got to the boat the stinger was still wrapped around my arm, we got him off and I climbed into the boat. Loz one of the boat hands then put my mind a rest saying that its the pain that come out 20 minutes after the sting are the bad ones
Me and Jane wait for the overnight bus to take us to Hervey bay, for another exciting adventure on fraser island!