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Harvey Bay and sailing in Whitsunday Islands

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We stayed at the Koala Resort in Harvey Bay. We ended up with nice room after the first grotty one didn't have any elecrticity. It had a little kitchen and was so much nicer than the hostels in Sydney.

In the evening we wandered around the town and got some pizza takeway, which we ate by the ocean with some beers. Seemed like eveybody had the same idea.

Next day we tried to take it easy and were hanging out by the swimming pool. Again you can't really swim here and there is no real beach and the sea as it's full of poisonous stingers and there were warnings about sharks.

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We bought a huge box of goon (cheap wine) and some beers as we were going sailing in Whitsunday Islands the next day and we needed to stock up on alcohol for 3 days.

The next day, we got to the port and everyone had brought with them at least 3 boxes of goon. It was going to be fun! we met the crew - the captain Harry, the crazy one Cookie, the swedish cook Anna and Mike. We also got upgraded to the nicer private cabin and I wasn't even sea sick - so all good.

On the first day we went to Whiteheaven beach. We were told not to bring our cameras as the sand is so fine that it gets in everywhere. And indeed it was so soft and white. We spent quite a lot of time messing around and taking group pictures, which was tough work :)

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Once we got back to the boat, we had a BBQ, which was cooked at the back of the boat. At some point we saw two dolphins swimming around. It was incredible. We toasted each other with our glasses of goon.

The next day we woke up at 6.00am to go diving. There was quite a lot of fish and nice coral. Two Swedish guys were in our group. They were messing with each other all the time - grabbing regulators from their mouths or turining off their air. Mental! Mike was always worried that we will get lost, so we had to swim really close to each other.

We then had some excellent breakfast and hot coffee. And then went diving again. Mike was taking some pictures underwater. He really focused on the incredibly tiny slugs that took ages to be photographed. We soon came to raelise that all diving instructors are obsessed with these slugs. Maybe because they just get tired of seeing sharks and other fish all the time. We didn't see much on this dive as visibility wasn't that good.

So I decided to go snorkelling instead of diving. Robert was dying to see a Napoleon fish and was hesitating, but in the end decided to go diving. The snorkelling was amazing we saw so many fish and even the Napoleon one which was huge. I was waiting for Robert to come back from diving and once he did he wasn't in the best of moods as he didn't get to see the fish that he wanted. All snorkellers and introductory divers saw it. I guess soemtimes it's your luck or the experience of your instructor. In the end, Robert didn't have to pay for that dive - as Mike admitted that he blew it and took them all in the wrong direction.

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We drank quite a lot of goon that night, chatted to some people on the boat and spend quite a lot of time lying on the net in front of the boat.

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The next day we sailed back with the sails up. It was very windy, so I had to stand outside gazing at the horizon a bit. But in the end it was an excellent trip and Anna was the best cook in the world.

The boat crew were expecting a day off after our trip, but as soon as we arrived, they were told that they had to go again. So off we jumped and new people boarded the boat. Same introductory chat and off they went again. Crazy life, but someone has to do it :)

In the evening we went to the seaside. It had electric BBQ's that we could use and we had a braai with the rest of our goon. :)

Posted by Laima 04:05 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking

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This picture of the boat and the sea is just absolutely amazing!

by Aistule

All sounds great, the diving, goon and 'gazing into horizon' (I'm not very comfortable at the sea as well) :)

by mindegage

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