Whitsunday Islands (14.08.2012): We awoke when the engines started at 7am. Early early rise and shine to another day on this amazing boat. After breakfast we set off sailing to Tongue Bay where we walked to another great lookout over the Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. We then had 2 hours free time to spend on Whitehaven Beach. The beach is so pretty. The sand is 98% silica and almost pure white - the finest sand in the world apparently. The sea is crystal clear - you can see stingrays and little reef sharks from the shore. It really was magical.
After being driven back to the boat on a little speed boat that we have been towing we had a great lunch and then set off sailing again. We managed to spot whales and dolphins from the boat. We moored at Blue Pearl Bay, Hayman Island to partake in some snorkelling and diving. Adam snorkelled whilst I went diving - take two. This time the company I dove with were much better - more training and we went in from the beach rather than in the middle of the ocean. I got on better than last time but still didn't like going too deep. I am much more a snorkeler I think but had a great time! I was more at home when I put my snorkel on again and headed for the reef. We have seen some great sections of the Great Barrier Reef now. It is amazing every time. Again we saw some amazing coral and marine life. Adam managed to spot a 1.5 metre Maori Wrasse fish: Elvis.
At night we stayed on deck for an amazing sunset at Baird Point, Hook Island. Afterwards we had some beers under the stars. I have never seen so many stars as you can see in Australia. Loving it.