||[Jul. 4th, 2010|04:04 pm]
So Australia was awesome. We went to the Whitsunday Islands, staying the first night at Airlie Beach, and the next few days at a resort on Long Island. Long Island was amazing, the resort is the only one on the island, and kinda small, but very nice. I wasn't so impressed with Daydream Island (which is supposed to be the nicest of the resorts), we didn't stay there but we did did spend the day there. The coral beaches are pretty but unfriendly and it was very windy all over the island. Most of the time the weather was nice and warm, especially compared to the cold, wet, windy climate of home. Even if its winter over there, it still felt like summer. T-shirts and shorts the whole time. It was a bit windy though, which made the boat trips a bit ... interesting.
We went Ocean Rafting one day, which was fun. Kinda like a speed boat, you get very wet and travel at high speeds. They took us out to Whitehaven beach, which is amazingly pretty. The whitest of white sands, soft and cold. Something like 98% silica and 6 km long. The whole place looks like something out of a postcard. Another day we went sailing on the Camira which is this fantastically futuristic looking purple sailing boat. Again, we got very wet, but it was a lovely day. And we also went out to the Great Barrier Reef. Rebecca went scuba diving, but I didn't, but the glass bottom boat and and semi-submersible were awesome. We saw sea cucumbers and sea turtles, and all kinds of corals and fish.
The Cruise Whitsundays people were fantastically helpful, especially considering that the travel agent we dealt with before going was shocking (not that we discovered that until we got there and found we didn't have the right vouchers or iternary). But yeah, everyone was really helpful and pleasent and we had a great time.
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