Visiting The Whitsundays

A visit to the Whitsundays can be a most memorable adventure. Made up of 74 different islands, there is such an abundance of things to do while you are there that you may well have trouble deciding what to do first.

Stretching to 3000 km long and reaching a width of 65 km in parts, the Great Barrier Reef is a major highlight of any visit to the Whitsundays. When you snorkel or scuba dive on the reef you will have the opportunity to see over 1500 different species of fish as well as turtles, seahorses and dolphins. Various accommodation options in the Whitsundays allow the opportunity to stay very close to the reef and have immediate access each day. Depending on your budget you can have the option to stay on one of the many islands in the area or go one better by booking an overnight sailing tour.

When you are planning your sailing adventures for the Great Barrier Reef, you can’t go past a visit to the outer reef. Sure, the islands are nice to explore and you can still see a large variety of fish, but it’s absolutely no comparison to the marine life you’ll see when you venture to the outer reef.

When you snorkel directly from the beach at many of the resort islands you can see lots of fish and you might even be lucky enough to see the classic clown fish. But you won’t get the full experience of exploring a reef with beautiful coral and hundreds of fish unless you venture to the outer reef. The extra journey is so worth the amazing variety of marine life you will see.

First-time scuba divers as well as certified divers are catered for on various cruises that visit the outer reef. You can take a normal tour or charter a boat specifically for your own private group to explore the region. The outer reef offers the chance to see your very first octopus and reef sharks too!

Whitehaven beach is another highlight of any visit to the Whitsundays. The sand is 98% pure silica which gives it an amazing brightness as well as the incredible ability to retain no heat. Imagine walking in soft sand on a hot summer’s day without burning your feet!

Whale watching, camping (with the appropriate permits), kayaking and hiking are all activities that are also popular in the Whitsundays. If you plan your journey ahead of time you can be sure that you’ll have enough time to get in all the sights that you want to see. If your budget permits, you could even take a scenic flight over this amazing natural wonder of the world. Flying over Heart Reef and capturing some once-in-a-lifetime images could be exactly the thing you need to round out an amazing adventure to the unforgettable Whitsundays.


Author: Tracey Pedersen

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