Setting sail in the Whitsundays

Following a rainy few days in Airlie Beach, the sun was out as I sat foot on the British Defender, my boat for sailing the Whitsundays, and as the crew soon bragged, the only boat on the Whitsundays with air-con! I was lucky as both Holly and Lou from my Fraser Island trip were on my Whitsundays trip as well as most of the group was couples or groups of friends. Our first day was spent entirely on the boat as we put the sails up and headed out for our overnight stop. Apparently the British Defender is such a fast boat none of the others boats wanted to race us!

Setting sail on the British Defender
Selfie with Holly
Some of the crew
Setting sail
First Whitsundays sunset

The second day started bright and early as we headed to Hill Inlet for our first glimpse of Whitehaven Beach, which truly is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. After this we headed down the beach and put our stinger suits aka ninja suits on and headed to explore the crystal clear waters surrounding the beach. That afternoon we headed out for our first snorkel session, although I’d done a little snorkelling in Thailand, this was just something else! Fishes and coral stretched as far as the eye could see and it was truly spectacular. That evening we stopped at a spit to watch the sunset, which in true Whitsundays was again spectacular.

View of Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach!
British Defender squad
Fraser Girls
Risking life and death without a stinger suit
Excuse my face in this one
Ninjas with our war paint (sun cream!)
Boat life
Fraser Girls take two
Probably one of my favourite places on earth
Whitsundays keeps on giving

The final day on he boat resulted in many tired eyes as we sailed back towards to Airlie Beach following one final snorkel. I spent the last day in Airlie Beach chilling out before heading out with the boat group for the famous Sunday session at a couple of the local bars.

I cannot recommend the British Defender enough as the boat to go and see the Whitsundays on. The crew Liam, Josh, Vince and Duncan were all the great and the food was top notch.


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