Sailing around Paradise

If paradise exists on earth, then the Whitsunday islands are possibly it. A group of 13 of us assembled on Monday lunchtime ready to board the 20-odd metre “Pride of Airlie”, and off we sailed (well, unfortunately motored as there was very little wind) to our first port of call, South Molle Island resort. The resort was excellent with tennis, golf and bush walking all available, although after a “hard” afternoon of lazing around on board ship drinking complementary champagne, we decided on the pool and hot tub with cocktails option…

The next morning was a very early 7am start, especially given the amount of beer consumed by the passengers the night before, but after a cloudy start the sun came through just as we were arriving at Whitehaven beach — a picture perfect 6 km of pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters — stunning. After lunch back on board the Pride whilst taking in more island views, we did some snorkling off Dumbelle Island. This was amazing: the water was crystal clear, and there were so many fish: a couple of times a shoal would get spooked by another snorkler and would come charging at me like rain drops in a thunderstorm. Snorkling again this morning at Blue Pearl Bay was equally good — so much better than the trip I did from Cairns!

Cruising back to Airlie Beach this afternoon the water was incredibly calm, and the white-bright sun shining on it gave it an unreal sort of appearance that was incredibly beautiful.

Unfortunately it’s back to normality now and a 12 hour overnight bus trip to Hervey Bay to look forward to…

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