We arrived in Airlie Beach on Wednesday at 7am after a night bus, lovely!Oh before this we had a night at Agnes Water/1770… There is NOTHING there it really isn't worth a stop, also it rained non stop so that didn't help, just as well we only had 1 night there!Back to Airlie Beach we luckily were able to check straight in and have a sleep, when we woke up who should we see in our dorm.. Emma and Jason our bush camp buddies from Noosa!Went for a look around the town in the afternoon and bumped into Chloe and Christian, more bush campers!Its good to see everyone got out of there safely!!We clubbed together with them for tea and had beans and egg on toast, gourmet travellers meal!
Next morning we checked out and went to the marina ready to get our boat to the Whitsunday Islands.After being given very attractive 'stinger suits' (like thin wetsuits, to protect us from jellyfish stings) we got on the boat, Mandrake.It was a little smaller than I'd imagined and 15 people in a very enclosed lower deck was interesting!We didn't set off until after 3pm and did a few hours sailing before we could do our first snorkelling near Hook Island.This was really good, the coral is really colourful and loads of fish around.After tea we had a few drinks on the top deck, I couldn't have much as the beer and the swaying of the boat didn't mix very well!
Next morning we were woken up early and after breakfast dropped off at Whitehaven Beach.Very beautiful beach and in the shallow water were Lemon Sharks and Sting Rays!Had to be careful not to stand on the rays!Went to 2 more places to snorkel today, had a fright at the first one as when we got into the water there were loads of jellyfish around ahhh!They were both great though and the reef was really shallow so you were able to see everything without diving down.After the last snorkel we were on our way to a spot to stop for the night and the boat suddenly crashed into something under the water (apparently it was coral)! Well for a second I had scenes from Titanic going through my mind!Calmed down once I realised we weren't sinking and luckily most people were sitting down at the time.It was only our cook on the lower deck that had a fall and got splattered with roast beef juice!She was ok though.After a few drinks in the evening I went off to bed and left Tom drinking with a guy called Maarten, think he regretted this the next morning as he suddenly came over feeling 'sea sick'!!! We arrived back in Airlie beach around lunch time the next day after visiting one last island, can't remember what it was called but it was deserted!In the evening we met up with our group at the hostel bar and for a drink and photo swapping.We had great weather for the whole trip and a lovely time sailing the Whitsundays.