We did Ocean Rafting to the Whitsunday Islands which was AMAZING!! Most people do live-aboards on the sail boats and go for a couple nights but the 1 minute/day shower rule didn’t exactly entice me. Ocean rafts went 60km/hr with wind at about the same, so there were times where we were basically facing 120k of wind. It was windy and wet as we conquered 3m waves and visited what most do in 3 days in only 8 hours. If you want action shots or video check out Ocean Rafting on Facebook (I went on the 12) or there are some shots under the snapshot tab.
It was the first place I’ve been where I was actually ‘wowed’, it looked better than the post cards and the sand has super high silica content which worked out as a free exfoliating scrub! We went for a walk, to the beach, had a buffet lunch, and snorkelled the reef. We had to wear stinger suits (Free with my student card!), which I may add is just lycra/spandex similar to lululemon’s fabric ‘luxtreme’…it doesn’t have anything more special in it. So if you are travelling with spandex you can save yourself the rental fee and wear that in the water instead…just make sure it’s tight. The harmful stingers are the size of a fingernail and can get in baggy suits.
Bonus, the wind and salt water gave my hair a lovely beach bum look for the rest of the day…Might as well have gone to the spa!
B E A UTIFUL. For some reason this beach is a lot nicer than the others. With the exception of today’s overcast it is super sunny, breezy not windy, and the water is full of sail boats ready to emerge on the Whitsundays. It seems that most people are brief in their time here as most only book a pre/post Whitsundays night but we are staying for a week and I’m glad we are. Definitely too small a town to live in, but the hills of beach homes and paths around the coast line are a great scenic run! There’s an esplanade like in Cairns, but there’s actual beach as well. It’s tourist central not just for backpackers but for Australians as well. Tons of ‘everything under 20’ stores and souvenir shops including the community market we visited today. I will post more after we’ve visited Whitsundays but I figured after the Maggie Island update a more positive note was in order!
Also-before I forget-you can do stand by tours for the Whitsundays that are like half price. If you’re travelling alone I definitely recommend it. AND There’s a fish and chip place right by airlie beach backpackers that is AMAZING.
Oh! and also…beware of stairwells on Friday nights after the bar closes. I was using internet when I started hearing a couple hooking up a floor below. Then they walked passed me to go to the upstairs loft (probably to get a condom), they came back down and said “should we go elsewhere? / No its fine she wont know what we’re doing/ she looks american, she won’t understand us.” Too bad they were speaking French, I’m Canadian, and anybody could have decoded her audition to be Kelly Preston in a Jerry Maguire remake.