Following a long, fully booked, Valentine’s Day night bus from Rainbow Beach, 18-hours later we arrived to Airlie Beach just after the sun came up. We had a day tour booked with ‘Ocean Rafting’ which is a speedboat company to take us around the Whitsunday Islands for a day.
After finding storage for The Beast (my backpack) and renting a stinger suit, we were off on ‘Wild Thing’ the name of our boat.
The first stop was snorkeling a reef. As I got into the water and dipped my head under I was surrounded by so many colourful fishies of all shapes and sizes and the water was so clear. There are apparently 1,600 species of fish around the Whitsundays – I probably only saw about 25 if that. It was incredibly beautiful to swim along with all the sea life creatures and explore the coral! The only scary moments was swimming amougst jelly fish… I’m so glad I rented a sexy sexy suit!
Once everyone was back in the boat drying off, 3 dolphins swam by (Aaaaaamazing!!!) It was so special for everyone because it was totally unexpected and natural. It was the highlight of my day. 🙂 🙂 🙂
After this I was in the best mood and I was lucky to get the front seat on the boat. The raft goes soo fast across the waves, it was like a roller coaster ride!!
The next stop was Tongue Bay
This is where we wandered through the forests to the most breathtaking view I’ve ever seen of Whitehaven beach.
You can see why it’s voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world…
We could not stop staring at everything, it was simply the perfect view on a stunning day.
We walked across this beach back to our boat where the kids on our tour spotted a baby shark and stingrays in the waters we were walking through. Gutted I missed that but we did spot some turtles.
The final stop was an area of Whitehaven beach further down for our packed lunch and time to relax. This area is known for the purest silicone sand in the world and having deadly jellyfish the size and transparency of a contact lense, so if you want to go in the water you need your sting suit.
I was so happy and relaxed i stripped off completely…
Cringe! Just kidding folks… I was in a swim suit I promise!
The day went so quickly but it was perfect. We are so glad we did the day trip. I highly recommend Ocean Rafting to anyone wanting to do Whitsundays especially with just a day to spare, the staff kept us entertained all day and were really informative. 🙂
After the trip we remembered we have another night bus to catch and we could really use a shower to wash off the sea water and sand. But unfortunately for us there weren’t any! So in true backpacker style we headed to the nearest toilets and proceeded to clean ourselves with wet wipes and I even found a way to wash my hair in the tiny sink. Not my classiest moment, but resourceful… I even dried my hair with a hand drier. Desperate times call for desperate measures! Putting it on my CV.
To complete the day in the sea we treated ourselves to Fish and Chips. A friend recommended I try Baramundi fish whilst in Australia and it didn’t disappoint!
Onwards to Cairns… we were very excited for a real shower and a bed!!