Windy Whitsundays and Wonderful Whitehaven

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, January 27, 2011

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. Hollie had a go at this intro dive but said she wasn’t so keen and may try again in Asia. For my introductory dive in Central America I saw so much marine life and went down to 18 metres; it was so much better!

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! The sea was sooo choppy that many of the group become sea sick, especially on the last day. The wind was so strong on the 2nd day that the front sail of our boat completely come away from its fixings, resulting in one of the crew members nearly being flung overboard. The crew had to work on the boat overnight to screw the wooden ledge back onto the boat and remove the sails. On the final day we were allowed to steer the boat and hit some big waves, and on occasions had to perform some quick steering to prevent the boat from capsizing. This was a lot of fun!!!

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
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