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Whitsunday Islands, Australia

August 5, 2009

Day 89

We’re taking a two day sailing trip around the Whitsunday Islands. We met up with our boat around 8AM. Pretty soon we were off for our first destination, Whitehaven Beach:

On board the sailboat. There was almost no wind the first day, so there was little sailing. The boat ran off the motor almost the whole day.

On board the sailboat. There was almost no wind the first day, so there was little sailing. The boat ran off the motor almost the whole day.

Before going to Whitehaven Beach, we stopped at a smaller island with and overlook of the beach. You cant see them in the picture, but the water was so clear that we could see reef sharks and stingrays swimming in the water below from all the way up here.

We stopped at a smaller island with an overlook of the Whitehaven Beach. If you look closely, there are small dark spots in the water below. Those are sting rays and reef sharks. The water is so clear that you can see them from all the way up here.

Here's me swimming from the sailboat to Whitehaven Beach, "the most beautiful beach in the world" according to some books. I don't know about that, but its about the best I've seen.

I dare you to find better reading material for the beach than Stephen Kings The Tommyknockers.  Allright, allright, but I bet you cant come up with more than 20.

The beach and Stephen King's The Tommyknockers...what a combo. Yikes, I'm pale. I guess I haven't learned anything since we were in Fiji.

After a couple of hours on the beach, we sailed to Cateran Bay where we ate dinner and anchored for the night. This is the sunset from the sailboat.

After a couple of hours on the beach, we sailed to Cateran Bay where we ate dinner and anchored for the night. This is the sunset from the sailboat.

Day 90

In the wetsuits before we go snorkeling. No where to hide in these babies.

In the wetsuits before we go snorkeling. No where to hide in these babies.

We woke up around 7AM and went snorkeling in Cateran Bay. The coral and fish were really beautiful, but unfortunately our camera doesn’t work under water, so there’s no pictures of the fish.

After snorkeling, the boat moved to Dumbbell Island where we stopped for lunch and a swim. There are some eagles that live on the island and the crew were able to attract them by whistling. As the eagles did a loop of the boat, one of the crew would throw some food into the air and the eagle would swoop in and grab it in its talons.

A picture of the eagle swooping down to grab the food that the crew threw out to it.

The eagle swooping down to grab the food that the crew threw out to it.

We had lunch before staring back to the harbor. There was finally enough wind in the afternoon, so we were able to sail most of the way back. At times the boat was practically sideways and we were really moving fast.

After getting back to the harbor, we drove a couple hours down the road and stopped in a rest area for the night – gotta love free roadside camping in Australia.

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