I thought I’d “write” this post through my photos, seeing that the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach in particular are really the sort of places you have to see to believe.
Walking through the Airlie Beach harbour, we knew it was going to be a good day for boating through and snorkelling the Whitsunday Islands
Everyone got on the boat and we were off, cruising through the Whitsunday Islands
This was the view from the captain’s seat – land ahoy!
We travelled onwards for about an hour, passing through what seemed to be a lot of similar landscapes that looked like this
Sometimes we’d pass the odd one or two boats lazily making their way through the islands – no one was in any real rush…
We finally arrive at our destination, the Whitsunday Islands National Park
After a short walk towards Hill Inlet…
…we were greeted with this! The magnificent view of Whitehaven Beach!
The entire beach looked stunning – could it be real? (Those tiny black dots on the beach are people!)
I headed down to sea level to experience it firsthand. It was confirmed perfect upon close up inspection too.
Look at how clear the sea water is!
I managed to spy a number of reef sharks…
…and quite a few sting rays in the water, extremely close to shore.
I walked right to the edge of the beach where some sea birds were chilling. I felt like I was in my own version of that Tom Hanks movie where he gets stranded on an island…
The beach was made up of this super soft sand that I used to exfoliate my skin when I was in the water (my skin was super soft after that! ;))
As I was leaving, I took one last look back at the sea – it really was a perfect postcard ready island
After relaxing by the Whitehaven Beach, we went snorkelling in one of the bays. We could already spy some turtles bobbing their heads up and down from the boat so we knew it was going to be a good spot. I spotted and swam with 5 turtles by the end of the day (I had never snorkelled with even 1 turtle before this!). The Great Barrier Reef was also so beautiful and diverse! (No underwater photos sadly 🙁 )
As the sun dropped lower in the sky, we made our way back to Airlie Beach
I mentioned in my earlier post that Fraser Island was going to be tough to beat. I think we may have a new winner folks!