So the whitsundays was my next big trip. 3 days and 2 nights in a boat sailing across the different whitsundays Islands and stopping in different places to scuba dive and snorkel.
When I arrived at the marina I could see the boat we were going to be on. It was called Wings 3, it was a catamaran and looked very small considering there was going to be 30 of us staying on it for 2 nights.
When we got on the boat, we had a little introduction brief into the plan of action and who all the crew members were. There was 3 of them, Clayton from New Zealand who was our diving instructor, Brittany from Canada who was out host and Steve our captain and skipper. Once we had our introduction Brittany showed us around and I was right, it was tiny! The bedrooms could t been any smaller, they were like little caves with 6 beds per room including some doubles for the couples. The toilet you could barely turn around in, it was actually quite funny.
My group were not as I had expected if I'm honest, there was a lot of couples and groups and only one other english person. I don't always want to hang out with English but there was a lot of people who couldn't speak English which made it quite hard to bond with them.
The first day we sailed to a few bays around the islands and went snorkelling ...it was insane! I had done a Great Barrier Reef a few days before and it was far better than what I saw there. We saw the most amazing fish and I even saw a nemo!
A lot of people did a scuba dive but I wasn't comfortable doing that yet..maybe another time!
We then had lunch and went to another spot, this time the water was a lot deeper and I turned into a bit of a panic a few times going in thinking sharks were underneath me. People found it very funny!
That night, we had an amazing cooked dinner which made me feel like home and was by far the best meal I've had out here. The crew then gave a talk and presentation on where we have been, where we are going and what animals we might see in the next few days.
After this, an early night was needed and up at 6.30am.
This day we went to the famous Whitehaven beach and a couple more bats afterwards.
Whitehaven was just what people describe... Stunning. The sand is remarkable and you can't describe it until you see it. It's so soft and you can even brush your teeth with it which I did! I also..stupidly...exfoliated my skin with the sand and forgot to reapply sun cream so I was a little pink that evening! We saw lemon sharks in the water and stingrays, it really was beautiful.
That night we all bonded more as a group, I now had a little gang including 2 Swedish guys who were hilarious. We had another amazing meal and a few drinks under the stars in the jacuzzi