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Once again we began the morning bright and early, catching our shuttle to the marina at 7:30. Today I traveled around the whitsundays which consists of 74 islands. The largest is of course Whitsunday Island. So I loaded on to the sail boat (yes Botros Family I’ve finally sailed) which is the fastest one in aus. It was very large and PURPLE! Just big enough to fit around 70 people including crew. Luckily today there was only about 50 on board. In the front of the boat was large netted areas where you could lay and sunbathe while we sailed. Naturally I spent most the day there with Victoria, Abby, Jenna & Hayley. The nets were great because you could also see the beautiful water under the boat. Our first stop on our trip was to The Whitehaven beach, considered one of the top ten beaches in the world!!! To get to the beach we had to but on wetsuits/stinger suits load in to a smaller rescue boat which then took us closer to shore. I jumped out of the boat in shallower water and walked the rest of the way. It wasINCREDIBLE. The sand was as white as freshly fallen snow. I spent my time on the beach swimming, soaking up the sun, looking for sea turtles and playing in the sand. I can’t get over how beautiful the sand and water is. Whitehaven beach is a national park so you can’t take or leave anything behind. Unfortunately I will not be adding Whitehaven sand to my collection :(
Attractive snorkel selfie
The girls and I at Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach- I was beyond excited!
Victoria, Jenna, Hayley, me, Abby
After Whitehaven we loaded back on the Camira and enjoyed a buffet lunch. It was delicious!!! There was all sorts of salads, chicken, steak, fish an sausage. Not to mention the open bar, which had a couple types of beer and wine. After lunch we sailed some more made our way to the reef and got back in the water to snorkel. When I was snorkeling I was able to hear the stingers in the water. They are about the size of your fingernail and you can’t see then, if you get stung by them it will keep you in a hospital for a couple days. But I was okay because I had on my very attractive wetsuit. I didn’t see any sea turtles this time but it was still amazing swimming with all the colorful fish.
I finished up the day relaxing on the boat and enjoying my time with good friends. That evening we went to a restaurant right on the beach called Salt, where they serve fresh seafood. I got the salt and pepper calamari, yum. Our friend Brody that we met in NZ was able to meet up with us for dinner which was a great time. He is from Tasmania but moved up to Aus 2 years ago. I did talk to him about Tasmanian devils, and got made fun of by Jenna for all the other stupid questions I asked. But I would rather know then not ask. I always enjoy being with these girls just hanging out because most the time we are laughing so hard I’m crying. I’m now realizing how much I’m going to miss them in the coming month. The night ended with a smile on my face and me not wanting to board a plane to go back to Sippy Downs tomorrow. I know that this is not the last time I visit the Whitsundays but I will miss it.
How lucky am I? I am able to travel to the Great Barrier Reef with some lovely ladies and enjoy a weekend there.
Woke up early took a coach bus to a marina and loaded a large ship, rode a hour to Hamilton island, picked up more people and rode about 1.5 hr to hardy reef. Went on the pontoon, grabbed our wetsuits and got ready to go scuba diving or my very first time. I was given flippers, weights and all my gear to go see the reef. I went through a brief safety lesson, learning how to breath properly and blow bubbles, in a under water shallow chamber that opens up into the ocean.Finally I was taken down under the boat and into the ocean! My group was 4 people Jenna, I and two others. We had two guides per 2 people so I felt very safe. We began pulling ourselves down from under the boat on some ropes. Of course right when I go under water I got one of my tubes stuck on Jenna’s gear, I was like great I just get under water and I’m already using the help signal (waving my arms). Lucky I remembered I could breath fine, untangled myself an began to dive. The current was very strong so most the time we swam along ropes along ropes attached to the bottom.
Sights of the Reef
My favorite fish is the Rainbow Fish
Having some fun with my underwater camera
Jenna and I getting ready to dive
The Bat Fish (like angel fish) were very cool
Just hanging out at the GBR
I was so excited I saw a sea turtle!!
Jenna and I