Windy Whitsundays and Wonderful Whitehaven
Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
135Trip End Sep 23, 2011
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Hello from our Venus Sailing Boat,
WhitSundays is generally a 3 day/2 night boat cruise around the WhitSundays Islands. On our boat we visited many islands including Hook Island and the very impressive Whitehaven Beach. Whitehaven’s sand is 99% silicon making it the finest sand you can get. This sand is deposited across the inland valley and across the beach creating some amazing scenery. The other 3 days we also did some snorkelling and a introductory scuba dive on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef . This was a nice added extra but ended up not being that great and wouldn’t make anyone want to dive again as the water was so murky and you only went to depths of 3 metres
Whilst snorkelling many of our group saw reef sharks and a manta ray. We were not so fortunate as we mainly saw Parrot fish and jellyfish. During all our snorkel and dive trips as well as swimming sessions we all had to wear stinger suits, this was to protect us from the deadly box jellyfish that infest most of the waters. We also had be careful where we swam as many bays are full of tiger sharks!!! During our journey we were also lucky enough to see a Sea Cow and many turtles.
Most, if not all Whitsunday boats stay out at sea and the passengers sleep on the either the deck or the smelly, claustrophobic cabins. We were lucky enough to spend our 2 nights on a “resort” which allowed us to have showers, eat a proper dinner, sleep in a bed, use the swimming pool, and allow us to get our sea legs back via hugging a tree (apparently works according to the crew). This was very nice as the sea’s were very choppy with the ever nearing cyclone
Overall we really enjoyed our WhitSundays trip but were glad to be back on dry land, especially as the cyclone was very close. We were very lucky to do the trip because when we returned to port all other boat trips were cancelled, meaning many people would miss out. All WhitSunday trips since the cyclone have been cancelled due to damage to the boats and harbour.
Love Captain Thomas and Captain Hollie x x x