Whitsundays is surely one of the most famous areas in all of Australia. It looks like a paradise. White beaches, tropical trees, crystal clear waters and scorching sunshine. However, that’s not what we got. Everything looked to be true, except for the sunshine, we got torrential rain. I’m beginning to think it’s following Suzanne and I. Don’t get me wrong, the trip was still brilliant but having the rain pelting down did put a bit of a downer on it. It was relentless. We were aboard the SV Whitehaven for our tour and it was absolutely fantastic despite the weather!
Price & Where To Book
This tour costs $395. Most travel agents sell it, especially in Airlie Beach. We got it as part of the activity package but the best way is probably to go through www.SVWhitehaven.com.au themselves.
The tour runs every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday. The day previous to your departure date, you are to check in at the office to receive an eco-friendly bag and directions to the meet-up point. Then that’s you all set for your Whitsundays adventure.
The following day, you meet up at the Abell South Marina at 7am/ 8am for a 7.30am/8.30am departure. Once everyone has boarded the ship, it’s time to relax and enjoy a day on the sea. You’ll be headed to 1 of 2 locations, Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island or near Hook Island to go snorkelling. With our weather situation, we went to the beach. Unfortunately, for us, the weather never cleared up at all. Leaving us, splashing around on the beach in torrential rain. After the beach, you travel up towards Hook Island to find a bay to sleep in for the night so the water is calm. Kieran makes a lovely dinner and you can sit around and maybe spot some dolphins and squid before heading to bed.
It’s an early rise around 6am/ 6.30am. You get up and treated to breakfast then a snorkel briefing. Then it’s time to get in the water and see the reef and fishes! You can also choose to kayak if you don’t fancy snorkelling. After an hour or 2, you get back on the boat and head to another location, just off of Hayman Island. Another hour or 2 of snorkelling then a spot of lunch. After lunch, it’s time to sail back to Airlie Beach and end the adventure!
For us personally, the crew made the trip worthwhile. They seemed so genuine and helpful and wanted us to have fun. If you go ahead with this trip, you’ll get Dave (Captain), Kieran (Chef) and Will (Activity Organiser). They made the most out of a bad situation with the weather and it really helped us to enjoy ourselves. These guys are absolutely fantastic.
So that’s our Whitsundays trip out the way. I’m still pretty gutted that I never got to experience the true beauty of Whitehaven Beach. However, I got to experience it in a totally different way from how others do!
Have you ever been to the Whitsundays? And did you get good weather when you went? Let me know how it’s actually meant to be!
Thanks for reading!