The World of Whitsundays: Above & Underwater

Whitehaven beachDuring my mid-semester break, I joined my friends Fanny and Henrik on their tropical Queensland adventures. We met up in Airlie Beach, a typical Aussie backpacker haven lined with bumpin’ bars, to embark on a 3-day-2-night Whitsundays sailing adventure.

The Whitsundays are a group of 90 continental islands situated off the coast of central Queensland. As their small mountain tips peak up from the Coral Sea and happy fish live among the coral underneath, they provide an excellent opportunity for adventures both on land and underwater.

Sixty or so tour companies run day-trips and longer tours around the Whitsunday Islands, so finding something to cater your interests won’t be hard. If you have a flexible schedule, here is a tip: don’t book ahead of time. Show up at Airlie Beach and ask around if there are any discounted spots available on trips leaving in a day or so. Chances are you’ll find something easily. We found three spots on the SV Whitehaven ecotour, and we reckon we saved a good chunk of money by not booking ahead of time.

Now that the logistics are out of the way, here’s the fun part: our tour provided us three opportunities to snorkel at different reefs, a visit to the Whitehaven Beach, kayaking in the open waters, bushwalking the islands, and plenty of time to tan aboard (if the weather cooperated). That sounds like a great trip, doesn’t it?

It looks good too…

SV Whitehavan
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The Bahamian Blues

No, I am not talking about the genre of music. Neither am I saying that “blue” reflected my mood during the Bahamas trip. I am literally talking about the thousand shades of beautiful blue in the Bahamas… including the beach, the pools, the skies and other scenery.

A short trip in Nassau was my first fling with the “all-inclusive” travel. Regular readers of my blog will know that I tend to avoid that genre, but the perpetual Danish darkness and the Canadian cold really left me craving for some warm sun rays. No wonder, I jumped on the idea of a beach vacation when my best friend brought it up.

The verdict: even though not my preference, all-inclusives are not bad at all, especially when you have a stunning view anywhere you look. Sharing some of those scenic spectacles with you!