While on vacation the group of us decided to do a sailing adventure to Whitehaven Beach which is widely known for having some of the whitest sands in the world. Lucky for us, the captain announced that it was one of the nicest days they had had on the water all year! Before we reached the beach we got to test out our snorkeling abilities in a small coral area near the beaches. Because it was stinger season we were advised to wear wet suits while snorkeling and it was extremely scary to see tiny jelly fish surrounding you while you are swimming. After a quick bite to eat, we headed to the beach. We took a smaller boat (as seen above) to the island and enjoyed the 90 degree weather.
Once on the beach we were able to play frisbee in the sand and take loads of pictures. According to our guide, the sand is able to even clean jewelry! There is nothing like being able to walk on a beach of that size and be able to describe it’s beauty but the most I can say was it was amazing.
The following day we headed out to the Great Barrier Reef. I tend to get sea sick so I was a little worried about the three hour trip to the reef but again the captain announced that this was one of the best days they have seen all year on the water! We were definitely lucky. Because we booked through a travel agency we all received a free voucher to have an exploratory scuba diving experience for 30 minutes! None of us had our scuba licenses so we did the beginners but it was 100% worth it to be able to see the Great Barrier Reef up close. I was actually surprised at the colors. When I think of the reef I think really bright colors because that is what most pictures show…This is merely a show. Pictures such as that are taken at night with large lights and very nice cameras. To take these kind of pictures with those kinds of colors would be hundreds of thousands of dollars and you would have to be a certified diver. So, we settled for the pretty pictures we got, which are not that bad either!
We received a little bit of training but we pretty much got right into scuba diving with an instructor holding on to your arm. My personal favorite part was seeing fish from Finding Nemo, if you listened close enough to me (over the bubbles that is) you would have been able to hear me scream, “NEMO!” every time I saw a clown fish.
Overall, scuba diving was one of the best experiences of my life thus far. Afterwards we were able to snorkel the remaining bits of the reef and I even went down and touched the bottom of the ocean floor!