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Airlie Beach and Whitsundays

Sailing and snorkling

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We just got back from our two day adventure living on a racing sailing yacht and sailing around Whitsunday islands. We had such a great time. The crew sailing the ship was fantastic and really put the boat through it's paces. It was a bit tough at times to hang on to the side because the boat was sometimes at a 40 degree tilt. We had 15 guests and 3 crew people on the boat. Everyone was very nice which was good because living on a boat consists of really close quarters. There were 14 boys (English and German) that all had to share one bathroom! There was even a family from Adelaide on our trip. They were so nice and even gave me some leads on soccer teams I could join when I move there. I plan on meeting them when I go to Adelaide next week.

My favorite part of the trip was yesterday when we got to snorkle in the great barrier reef. It was so beautiful words would not do it justice. There was all sorts of coral in every color of the rainbow and all these beautiful fish swiming around me. It was breathtaking! I got to see all the real versions of the characters in Finding Nemo. Let me tell you the real versions are so much better. All you can hear when you are under the water is a scratching kind of sound similar to the sound Rice Krispies makes when you pour milk over it. That was the sound of the fish eating the coral. I think this was the best experience of my entire life. I'm hooked and I now want to get my diving certification.

We also got to stop at this famous beach called Whitehaven. It has this name for a reason, the sand is pure white becuase it's made out of pure silica. The water was so clear as well. It was definitely paradise.

We're staying the night here in Airlie beach and meeting some of the poeple that were on our boat tonight for some drinks. Tomorrow morning we get on the bus and spend the whole day traveling up to Cairns, our last stop on the east coast.

Posted by mvencato 21:21 Archived in Australia

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