Last week I saw the most insane nature view I’ve ever seen in my life. That shit’s called Whitsunday Islands, located in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, northeastern Australia. It’s widely known as the whitest beach in the world, with a photogenic sand texture, dancing sexily in the clear blue water. And it’s way prettier to be seen from up in the air.
But actually, the highlight of my trip was not the scenery. It was the three-day boat cruise I took to get to the beach. It was my first liveaboard experience, and I really enjoyed it. I’d been wanting to do liveaboard since years ago, especially when I went to Komodo Islands, Indonesia in December 2013. But I didn’t have the money. So last month when I planned my trip to the Whitsundays, I said to myself this time it’s got to happen. Because it’s rumored to be the best sailing spot in the world.
I believed it is. Because the Great Barrier Reef’s the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. There are 600 types of coral, countless colorful fishes, starfishes, turtles, dolphins, and even sharks. So I did a little research and found this cruise boat. It was $309 for a three-day overnight sailing in the Whitsundays, including a single bed, meals, and snorkeling gears.
I booked it, and it was one of my best decisions ever… although at first I was a little nervous as I’m probably gonna be the only solo traveler on board. I bet other passengers would travel with their friends or significant other. I was afraid I’d spend the phone-less overnight trip without talking to nobody. I was also afraid it would be a party boat where everyone gets really drunk and dances all night long with super loud music. But none of those shits happened. It was a really fun trip, probably my best Australian experience.
That afternoon I boarded to the boat… and yes, everyone was with their companies. But they’re so friendly, it was so easy to start conversation with them. The boat left the harbor to the beautiful ocean; we played music and ate foods and drunk beers together over a stunning sunset, and I didn’t have any awkward moment at all. I met Jan from Germany, Kristi & Steph from New Zealand, Alice & Phillie from the UK, and shared my room with Ciro from Italy and Marc & Adrià from Spain. We took selfies, played games & cards, and stargazed the whole night.
Stargazing, that’s one of my favorite parts of the cruise. The sky was so clear, we could even see the milky way with our naked eyes. And that night I saw a shooting star for the first time in my life. It was amazing. I knew right at the moment that it would be stored in my core memory. And when I woke up in the morning, I saw turtles. Not just one, but three. Swimming around our boat.
The underwater view was cool. We went snorkeling on the second day and saw lots of awesome stuff. My favorite is napoleon fish, an extremely huge fish (half size of human body) who’s always hungry. Our captain and boat crew threw some bread to the water where we swam, and they came to us. They’re not afraid of humans, we could even pat them! Maybe the friendliest water creature I know. And they looked beautiful.
Speaking about the beach, now I honestly don’t know where to find a prettier one. Whitehaven is mindblowing. That morning we arrived there around 7.30 am. I was so stunned by the color, both sand and water.
I walked down to the east part of the beach, and I saw two girls from my both was hanging out there. Jessie and Valerie, from Holland. We only spoke briefly the day before. I said hi, and we ended up spending the three hour beach time together, talking about this and that, and hiking up all the way to the lookout point.
I’m glad that I met these beautiful souls. We were also hanging out together after the boat trip finished. We went to a bar (with other cruising mates) for an after party, and the next day we went to the beach lagoon to swim in the rain and ate pizza. It was sad when I had to say goodbye to them. Jessie said she wished she could bring me to travel with her; oh I wanted that too, but too bad our paths lead to different directions. But I’m sure they’ll cross again one day. In Sydney, or maybe in Holland.
So yeah, it was a happy week. I feel so recharged. I don’t know what I did right in the past to make me deserve all of those good things. I really want to be back to the Whitsundays as I write this piece of shit. And I strongly recommend you to go there! You know, because Australia is so much more than just Melbourne and Sydney.
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