Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Whitsundays and Airlie Beach

The main reason people go to Airlie Beach is to visit the Whitsunday Islands. A group of 74 islands off the East coast. Airlie Beach doesn't really have much of a beach, instead they have built a lagoon with a small beach and lots of grass and palm trees surrounding it. Really lovely and no danger of stingers or sharks when swimming! We spent a few days chiling out around the lagoon and a few nights drinking in our hostel bar, with live music every night. Great!
We sailed from Able Point Marina to South Molle Island on our 18m catamaran ''Kora''. We had beautiful weather that afternoon and sunbathed on deck all afternoon, it's a hard life! We reached the island and went for a bush walk up to Mount Jeffrey where we had a 360 degree view of the island. The following day we boarded the boat at 8am and sailed to the Barrier Reef for snorkelling. The weather wasn't very good and water wasn't very clear, however we still saw plenty of fish and the colourful reef. We had lunch on the boat and then sailed to Whitsunday Island where we visited the white silicone sand beach, really beautiful. We spotted mantarays in the water. On our last day the weather was really hot with clear blue skys showing the islands to their best. We sailed to Blue Pearl Bay for snorkelling. This time the water was really clear and we saw so many fish, some really huge ones too. We then sailed back to Airlie Beach, after having spotted a whale making its way back to the Antarctic. It was a really good sailing and snorkelling trip.

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