Sailing Whitsunday Islands
“Are you afraid of a coke machine?” our affable guide asked as he began a discussion about the threat of shark attacks. Barefoot with his dreads dangling in the wind, he continued, “More people die or get injured from vending machines than they do from shark attacks.”
It was at this particular moment, I realized I had become comfortable out on the water. For years I’ve been terrified of water. My Mom used to have to bribe me – with promises of ice cream cones, candy, comic books or hockey cards – to participate in swimming lessons.
Travel, has in many ways, thrust me out of my comfort zone. Recently I’ve gone sea kayaking in Vietnam and Finland, cruised down the Mekong Delta and tested the waters of Ha Long Bay.
Although, I’m not as at ease on the water as someone who has grown up doing all of these activities, I’m no longer afraid of it.
With the breeze gently running through my hair and the sun tickling my skin, I actually felt in my element as the boat gently rocked from side to side. I was enjoying my time out on the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday Islands aboard the regal Derwent Hunter.
As I sipped on tea and wolfed down delicious slices of chocolate cake, I couldn’t wait until we reached Langford Reef and Bali Hai to enjoy beach combing, snorkeling and a chance to simply admire these paradise islands with white sand and turquoise water.
Whitsunday Islands Travel Video:
The following is a photo essay and travel video capturing our experience for the day:
Photo Essay: Whitsunday Islands in Australia
A shot of boats in the harbor at Abel Point Marine.
The magnificent Derwent Hunter – our sailing vessel for the day.
Raising the sails was a family affair. I’m not sure who enjoyed doing this more – Dad or the kids.
This couple was all smiles as they helped raise the sails of the Derwent Hunter.
Here Audrey admires the scenery aboard the Derwent Hunter.
Audrey’s smile says it all as we had to pinch ourselves realizing we were actually getting to see the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef with our own two eyes.
On this particular day we were able to spot several other sailboats but there would be stretches where we were out on the water on our own.
We honestly couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions to go sailing.
This is just the first shot of the impressive cloud formations we witnessed sailing for the day.
Of in the distance you’ll notice what appears to be a tiny strip of beach. Later on in the day we had a chance to walk along it.
This is the closest we got to another sailboat during our day long adventure.
I honestly wished this one day sailing trip could have extended into an overnight journey.
A view of the trusty Derwent Hunter as we enjoyed walking along the beach.
A found a nice shady spot to sit down when I snapped this photo from the beach.
It was thrilling to spot wildlife on the secluded Whitsunday islands.
A shot of Audrey admiring the views from a quiet section of the beach.
We had roughly one hour to enjoy our time on the first beach before we headed in for a buffet lunch feast.
Snorkeling was the highlight of the day for many passengers on board the Derwent Hunter.
This is a shot from the second beach we visited where nearly had this who stretch of sand to ourselves.
Footprints in the sand.
With views like this, I only wish we had more time to explore more of the Whitsunday Islands.
Well, we got caught up in the moment: sharing our love on the sand
I honestly can’t think of a beach that I’ve visited off the top of my head that could compare with this one.
One last shot as we reluctantly made our way back to Airlie Beach.
We partnered with Queensland tourism for this epic adventure.
Great photography of a really beautful place .You should become nature photographers.
Thank you very much! We sure miss it there.
Did you not go to Whitehaven Beach?
Wow! Nice photos. The Whitsundays look like a little piece of a paradise. I definitely need to get there some day. It looks like sailing around the islands is the best way to do it!
Thanks Kyle! Definitely sailing is the best way to do it 🙂
Fantastic photos! Sailing the Whitsundays is HIGH on my bucketlist…think I might just make the trip early next year!
Thank you! It is something I’d highly recommend 🙂
Oh man that water makes me hungry for some sun! Such stunning photos
Great shots, man. The single column / no sidebar layout helps a lot as well.
Yeah, I try to do that for photo essays. I wish I knew about that when I first started blogging.
Although Chicago is nice in June, it does not compare to this. I hope you will not be disappointed. We do have good pizza though and bad baseball.
I’m hoping for a Blackhawks parade this June Ted! That’ll top it all 🙂
your photos are beautiful! I also live in a paradisiacal region but with bateaue t the sun is too good
Thank you! Sounds like a wonderful region to live 🙂
I wonder if there’s a sailing cruise that will go all the way around Australia, like a loop. I used to work aboard a ship in Alaska and yeah, I agree with you, it’s tough to not want the cruise to end. I loved it when we would be steaming north and I had to go below to sleep, feeling the waves against the hull, rocking me to sleep. Thanks for sharing.
I’m not sure if there is Mark but I’d certainly considering doing it 🙂
Wow – you two certainly get around, although from your opening paragraph, I thought you had gone swimming with the sharks
Hahaha…thanks. I don’t think we’d ever do that 😉
I am in love with your site! I love how you and Audrey both take turns narrating the video and the incredible photos – swoon! Now I will be stalking the rest of your website. Cheers!
Thanks Amy! We’re having fun dabbling more with video these days 🙂
Great video. I have heard that it is a beautiful place to visit. I think that sailing would be fun to learn with all the knots and mechanisms! You are making me want summer back in the USA (or at least a beach-ish vacation).
Thanks Angela! I’d love to learn more about sailing as well. Hope you get a chance to do that this summer.
looks like you had an amazing day, the photos are absolutely stunning
Thanks Freya! Definitely a day to remember 🙂
What a beautiful place to visit…I think my husband would have a hard time getting me to leave there, though 🙂
Denise, I can totally relate. We had a hard time leaving as well 😉
What a great experience and beautiful imagery. Last time I was in in Oz I wanted to go to the Whitsundays but ran out of time. Next time I will plan on making a sail. Looks amazing!
Thanks Jonathan! I’d say it is definitely worth penciling into your next itinerary 🙂
I know I’ve probably said this before but I love your videos! You’ve really inspired me to start taking more videos on my travels. Thanks for sharing.
Happy travels 🙂
Thanks Lauren! Best wishes with that. We’ve found a real passion for creating videos in the past year and a half 🙂
that looks amazing! I’m glad over the years you’ve overcome your water fears! I feel like it would be hard to travel had you not
Thanks Rachel! I agree with you. I would have certainly missed out on a lot.
The sailing vessel you want on recreates old world charm for me. I scuba dived on the GBR and we arrived there on a huge catamaran. I like the look of your more intimate vessel. Did you see the big blue butterflies in Airlie Beach?
That’s exactly how I felt regarding the vessel recreating old world charm 🙂 I did see those butterflies as well 🙂
Looks stunning. Although Australian, I’ve never been to the Whitsundays. It’s on my bucketlist though!
Did you go to Perth? That’s where I’m from 🙂
Our beaches there are just as pretty.
We didn’t get a chance to visit Perth this time around but I’m hoping we’ll be back in Australia again soon to cover more territory 🙂
I have a slight fear of the open water too. I was on my the swim team throughout high school, so I know how to swim. However, it’s the open ocean that I do have a slight fear of. The Whitsunday Islands look beautiful. I’ll eventually get down to Australia. Maybe after this next year in Spain!
Thanks Mike! It’s interesting to hear that strong swimmers also have a bit of fear in the open water as well. I hope you get a chance to go soon.
Wow, I’m so carried by your awesome photos! Audrey is so beautiful, I love the way she smiles. 🙂
Thanks Marie! You’re very generous with your compliments 🙂
Wow, how many different blue! Gorgeous!
We were sure treated to some amazing weather and scenery on that day 🙂