When someone says the Whitsundays, I think we all correctly envision beautiful white sands, crystal clear water and amazing reefs and wildlife. When it comes to exploring this magnificent area compromising of 74 islands, there are many ways to do it.
When looking for places to stay before and after the Cruise, I would recommend staying in Airlie Beach. I stayed at the Nomads there, nothing exceptional but it did the job and it was cheap!
I went about booking my trip by dropping the ever so useful and amazing guys at RatPack Travel a message. Not only will these guys help find the ideal Whitsundays experience for you but they will also help plan your whole Australia trip. They really are LEGENDS when it comes to ensuring you get the most out of Australia. So drop them a message using this link!
The guys at RatPack Travel asked me what sort of vibe I wanted. I decided on a combination of both very chilled but very social and they recommended the New Horizon Cruise.
The Cruise itself is a two night adventure. The first day was filled with fun, jumping on and off the boat from the diving platform and just getting to know everyone.
On day 2 we headed to Whitehaven Beach, perhaps the most famous part of the Whitsundays. Just as my luck would have it, the heavens opened but despite the torrential downpour, it was still a breathtaking place. I would LOVE to return to see it in sunshine!
After Whitehaven beach, we then headed to a beautiful snorkelling spot. It was lovely but I have to say, that having snorkelled in Cairns, it was not quite as mind blowing.
Nights on the boat are filled with music, games and chatting. Ideally we also would have spent lots of time on the deck of the boat, however due to the rain we ended up camping out downstairs and playing some simple yet fun drinking games.
On the final day we had more fun playing in the water, again jumping off the diving board, as well as playing on a slide and also paddling our way around on stand up paddle boards.
Once back on shore, we all headed back to our hostels, with most of us staying at either Base or Nomads. We wanted to nap and do some washing before getting ready for the all important Airlie Beach night-out starting at Boaty’s.
This was such a fun couple of days, I met some amazing people and it was one of the highlights of my trip. Some of the people I met I’m still in touch with, and others I kept bumping into throughout the rest of trip which was great fun. This is where I met the wonderful Bri, check out her fabulous blog: http://comeflywithbri.co.uk/!
I can’t wait to head back to this beautiful part of the world, hopefully with more sunshine and less rain!!