Blog Day 154 Fri 7th October 2011
This morning we are woken up by probably the best alarm clock we've ever heard! Steve, one of the deckhands on the boat, is a tubby English guy that happens to have a pretty good voice. He puts that to use by singing a Fiji song to wake us all up. And not one person complains about it!
At breakfast there are a few groggy faces (one being our roomie). We eat and sail towards the world famous Whitehaven Beach, our destination for the next couple of hours. We get ferried from the Clipper to the island via a small dingy, and are told to make our way up to the lookout point for a stunning view over the island and surrounding beaches. It's a bit of a hike but the view is more than worth it! Brilliant blue and turquoise waters lapping up onto the whitest of white beaches, this place looks almost dreamlike! We get some fantastic photos and spend about half hour staring in awe at what's in front of us.
Next point of call is to head down to Whitehaven Beach itself, where the sand is so fine we are told that you can exfoliate your skin & clean you jewellery in it. You can even turn your teeth a couple of shades whiter, if you brush your teeth with it. To be honest we are more than happy just to walk in it!
Its pretty dam fine!
We spend a few hours here walking around the peninsular that the beach forms. The view from the beach is just as stunning and we take the opportunity to write AUSTRAILIA 2011 in the sand and have our, 'beaches from round the world', picture taken. We also get some other great pictures including a 'cliché' one of us jumping like a couple of nutters on the beach, a picture that seems to be in almost every travel and backpacker leaflet we pick up out here. As we walk along the beach no more than 50 yards away huge manta rays are floating in the waters. Dan walks in to see how close he can get to one of them, which isn't very close as they glide away pretty much as soon as he gets in the water. God knows how Steve Irwin cocked up with one of those things!
Once everyone is back on the boat we are served up a lunch of cold meats, pasta, salad and bread rolls which goes down a treat as we are starving. The Clipper sails onto its next point which is where the scuba diving, snorkelling, water slide and diving board antics take place. Dan heads off for his dive which is due to last for around 30 minutes. Trish still doesn't fancy getting wet and chills out on the boat under the sun, watching people throw themselves off the diving board and going down the waterslide.
Dan's dive wasn't as good as the one in Cairns mainly due to the visibility. The coral formations were still amazing and there was a ton of fish to be seen. Probably the best part of the dive was getting in the water, which was done in true scuba dive fashion by rolling off the dingy backwards. WHAT A PRO!
After a gorgeous dinner of spag bol, we sail towards a stunning sunset in search of our anchor point for the night. The trip is pretty rocky which makes us both feel a little out of sorts, and the thought of another night fuelled by drink isn't really making us jump for joy. This somewhat changes a little when the fancy dress bucket comes out. Dan is slipping into a green and black flowery number a little too quickly for Trish's liking! The rest of the night is filled with one big dance style game where people are eliminated gradually, via smaller group games, until only four remain. The winner is then decided by way of a dance off. Needless to say we didn't get as far as the dance off………… thank god!
After the fun and games are over Trish still isn't feeling to great and takes herself off to bed, leaving Dan to have another beer or 2 with Sean. All in all it's been a pretty cool day!