The Whitsunday Scenic Flight was a great start in exploring the Whitsunday Islands. On Sunday I left the mainland in Airlie Beach once again – this time for a 3days Sailing Trip to the Whitsunday Islands :).
Whitsunday Islands “Day 1”: Snorkeling and Diving
Departing from Abell Point Marina
At about 8.15am I left my hostel to get onto my booked tour with a boat called “Samurai”. After checking in at the city center, it was an about 20minutes walk to get to “Abell Point Marina” where the boat was departing. We had to fill in some forms and rent a stinger-suit. Then we were allowed to go on the boat, put our stuff in the cabins (just one really big one for all of us) and then the skipper started the engine and we hit towards the whitsunday islands.
Snorkeling and Diving
In the noon we stopped at a spot with nice coral reefs (they all belong to the Great Barrier Reef). Everyone took his snorkeling stuff and stinger suit and then a crew-member drove us with a small boat to the beach of one of the Whitsunday Islands. We stayed there for a couple hours: snorkeling, just relaxing at the beach or diving. On this trip was a free-dive included so everyone had the opportunity to go diving. I’ve never been diving before, so I enjoyed this experience a lot :).
You remember I told my camera wasn’t waterproof on Fraser Island? Well I got it exchanged at Harvey Norman, so I had a new one for this trip. Unfortunately water came in it again after taking the first few pictures… What a crappy camera! Let me give you an advice: Never ever buy this camera-modell (Sony DSC TCF-1)!! So well, those are the only few underwater-pictures I have… After that I had to take pictures with my phone for the rest of the trip.
As it was the first night of our trip, we played some games to get to know each other. I think we were about 24 people on board, including the crew – so of course it took a while. We enjoyed a couple drinks (BYO drinks&snacks) and went to bed not too late. Well, I should better say, tried to go to bed! Why tried? – In all the beds were already people laying. The crew somehow messed that up! So I and another french guy didn’t have any bed… GREAT! I talked to a crew-member immediately and he tried to organize something. It turned out that I had to share a twin-bed with another german girl and the french guy had to share another twin-bed with another guy. What a mess! I didn’t even have my own blanket…. So of course I asked the crew-guy again for getting me a blanket, he agreed and walked away… and never came back :D. Well at least the german girl was so kind to also share her blanket with me. But @Samurai, what a crap is that? Sorry, but I’m still upset about it.
Whitsunday Islands “Day 2”: Whiteheaven Beach
After having a not too comfortable night, we got up the next morning at about 6.30am. This day we went to Whiteheaven Beach. And this beach indeed looks like heaven. Sooo beautiful :).
In the morning when we arrived, it just looked like a nice beach. But a few hours later (timing is really good and enjoyable on this trip) the tide was going out and looked so amazing! Just have a look yourself, maybe you recognize it from the scenic flight.
In the evening we watched the sunset, played some other games and just chilled together. Oh and this night I even got a own blanket…
Whitsunday Islands “Day 3”: Sailing back
On our last day we just went to another snorkeling and diving spot quite early in the morning. Though most of us were really tired and just relaxed at the beach instead of going snorkeling all the time. It also was a bit chilly as the sun wasn’t out yet. The beach was actually not too comfortable as it was a pure coral-beach… but well, if you’re tired it’s still good enough for sleeping :D.
At about 10.30am we had lunch and then hit back towards Airlie Beach where we arrived in the noon.
Sailing to the Whitsunday Islands
A sailing trip to the Whitsunday Islands is really beautiful and a must-do at the Australian East Coast. The 3days/2nights is I think the perfect choice, because you have a lot of time to actually enjoy the nature of the Whitsunday Islands and are not just hopping off the boat to take some pictures and then move on. We had beautiful weather and a nice calm sea all the time –> Good for snorkeling, but not enough wind to raise the sails!
The Crew and the Boat
As you may have noticed, I was a little bit disappointed of the “Samurai”. The Boat was quite uncomfortable, the crew actually really friendly and fun but sometimes appeared a little bit disoriented and like I described earlier: I didn’t even have my own bed! But at least the food was really tasty and versatile. And the best: We always had enough time to enjoy ourselves and had a lot of fun together, thanks for that :).
Advice for your own sailing trip to the Whitsunday Islands
If you’re young, flexible and not too discerning, feel free to go on the Samurai. You’ll meet a lot of other young people from all over the world, have a lot of fun and a free-dive included.
If you’d like to enjoy a little bit more comfort, take your time to choose another boat (e.g. “Eureka” seemed really good). But make sure you choose a 3days-trip if you aren’t in a hurry, I think it’s much more relaxing.
TIP: If you’re flexible, wait with your booking until 2days before departure. You might get a much cheaper rate! (Sometimes you can save up to 100 AUD).
>>> To view more pictures of this trip, click here: Whitsunday Islands Gallery!