The 74 Whitsunday Islands lie between the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, a massive stretch of coral teeming with marine life. Most of the islands are uninhabited. They’re characterized by dense rainforest, hiking trails and white sand beaches.
Located just off Airlie Beach in North Queensland, a palm tree filled, tropical living, Australian town south of Cairns.
I was lucky enough to head out with Powerplay. A boat I chose out of a collection of different tours around Whitsunday island.
It was a more chilled out type of trip, with a smaller group of people.
18 guests, 3 crew.
Spending an unforgettable 2 nights and 3 days doing all my favorite things – Adventures, activities, sunbathing, meeting people, discovering new places, eating yummy food and of course, watching those perfect Aussie sunsets.
Despite working on boats in the past and numerous occasions catching ferries, water taxi’s and just loving the water, I had never experienced living on a boat like this and would highly recommend doing it.
I didn’t have much idea on what I was in for.
Having few expectations, heading to the pier with an open mind and of course, solo, I was ready for a new adventure.
Arriving midday, a small bag packed, I headed to the boat.
For me, and I suggest anyone else, the trip should be concentrated on the experience of staying on the boat. Waking up on the water, having your evening hot chocolate floating on the ocean, listening to your favourite music with new friends watching the sunsets in a unique spot around the famous Whitsunday island. Spending your day sailing through the glorious Great Barrier Reef.
It’s more than a snorkel trip or how many drinking games people want to play, it’s the experience of staying on a catamaran sailing the Whitsundays, and it was fabulous.
Being able to dive into the middle of the ocean first thing after waking up and sitting on the front deck with your morning coffee, I loved it.
What to take?
You don’t need much stuff with these trips.
A change of clothes, swim wear, a warm cozy jacket and comfies, basic toiletries and your camera is more than enough.
Maybe a pack of cards or a book if you like to read.
The group mingled and settled on the boat on the way to our first stop. We went through a few things for the next couple of days and our adventure was underway.
I was sligtly skeptical to being the only solo traveler as I noticed lots of couples however I was made up to have some other solo backpackers as well as a mixture of diverse and fun travelers from all over the world, we all got on super well! Going solo is always a great way to meet people! Read more on all posts in regards to solo travel, here!
The weather wasn’t quite on our side, so we stopped to head out on the paddle boards. A slightly cloudy sky, music blaring, we all had a laugh.
One of my favorite things about the boat was the sound system. They played quality music throughout the trip which totally added to the fun.
As the weather was a little disheartening, the cards came out, a cheese platter and snacks were made for us and music, beers and banter carried us through the evening.
Throughout the trip, the food was top notch.
As a fussy eater, I have never expected to overly enjoy a lot of planned food on trips.
Our lovely host Immy cooked up amazing, fresh, tasty food throughout the entire trip. It was certainly a massive part of the experience that stood out for me.
For any backpacker cooking basic meals for yourself, you’ll be in for a treat.
Served up for dinner that night was marinated chicken, hot potato bake, sweet potato mash, tuna noodle salad, salad and all the sauces, dressing and seasoning we needed. Sounds good right?
Cheesecake for dessert.
Everyone ate plenty and was highly satisfied with all the meals we had.
You’ll have plenty of time to chat, chill out and just enjoy the experience of being on the catamaran in the middle of the great barrier reef.
A very early start out on the water, it was time for breakfast, coffee of course and to check out the beautiful Whitehaven beach.
Waking up the sound system on, the sun starting to peep out and a yummy breakfast served, I was ready to start exploring.
Waking up to different toast with all the spreads, fruit salad, yogurt, different types of cereals, bacon and eggs, hot tea, coffee, hot chocolate and loads more, it was a breakfast fit for a king.
Staying right next to the Island, we were on the beach first thing. The group headed on over and we were left for some serious playtime.
Heading back to the boat for another yummy lunch made my Immy, it was time to eat, chill and set sail to our snorkeling spots, plus our new home for the night.
The journey over to our next stop was awesome. Everyone sunbathing on the front deck with the latest songs booming over the catamaran boat as we sailed through the breathtaking landscapes, it was the perfect afternoon.
Having the options to snorkel or paddle board once we stopped, we spent the next few hours out in the deep blue ocean just enjoying the fabulous weather.
Cyclone Debbie certainly has changed things, and I know the snorkel experience won’t be the same for a while however the boat have lowered their prices since the disaster. It’s truly heartbreaking to see the terrible effect it has left but everyone is working hard to get things back to normal.
We still got a chance to meet Trevor. A beautiful, huge, dark blue fish. He won’t hesitate to come and say hello!
We spent the rest of our day chilling out and enjoying a sensational sunset. With nachos and cake put out for us to nibble on, coffee and tea were available, everyone was pleased with the evening.
Dinner was made for us, the beers came out, the stars were out, and it felt like a perfect end to another day of Aussie adventures.
We got the bbq going on the back of the boat, and we had a fabulous buffet served up for dinner.
The evening was the time once we had docked to just chill, chat, have a few drinks and the whole group hung out until late.
Home time. *Sad face*
It was a super early start but straight in the water for me. We managed to watch the sunrise which was ideal.
6am out on the water and Ben managed to catch this of me out admiring the sunrise.
We had our breakfast once again all freshly made and laid out for us to enjoy. We spent the morning just hanging out enjoying the views and our final time to hang out as a group. We all got on so well so exchanged information and some of us made plans to go out that evening.
The whole experience was exceptional. Despite the on boat jacuzzi not working which was a real shame, I will never forget the experience of sailing the Whitsundays on a spectacular catamaran with a great bunch of people from all over the world.
I will remind anyone, regardless of whether you have previously suffered motion sickness or even travel sickness, it can get rocky, the waves may possibly be choppy and if you’re someone with a very weak stomach, it may be something to reconsider.
I have never felt sick from a boat, until the first few hours.
It may be worth buying a few motion sickness tablets just in case and not drinking too much the night before.
Don’t worry, you quickly get used to the motion.
Thank you to the three staff members on boat for the hospitality, fun, knowledge and looking after all of u so well!
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