All we can do is let you know how we did, and loved every minute. We humans do not all squawk the same code, so cannot tell you what to do, but a brief mention of fabulous sailing, and diving, and exploring, and falling in love the land of OZ.
Two 30 visits both diving and sailing and land based activities.
1. Whitsunday Islands: Great sailing and some excellent and fantasitic snorkeling from the boat
2. SCUBA DIVING : SPIRIT OF FREEDOM.....no shore entry SCUBA experiences.
1st trip: In addition to sailing the Whitsunday Islands for two weeks, we also went of a four day SCUBA diving adventure of the Great Barrier Reef
and the Coral Sea
THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM , 120 foot luxury dive boat
...0ffer to five dives per day. My max was three per day. Amazing diving, including sharks and manta
rays. Great meals
prepared by the chef
after every dive.
Second trip: Sailed the Whitsundays, and snorkeled Blue Pearl Bay, and Manta
Ray Bay. And , did a three day dive trip on the Spirit of Freedom ....Great Barrier Reef.
We did zero shore entry dives, but just the snorkeling was fabulous and amazing all from the boat. Wore our wetsuits when in the water. Light weight. To protect from ' stingers' Never had a problem of any kind , ever, on land, or sea.
We booked our bare boat with the Moorings one year, and Sun Sail another year. This was out of Hamilton Island. Just Erica and I skippering the mono hull
, and had great sailing, and snug anchorages
Not many places to do the hotel
resort roosting in the whitsundays, and we bbq's most dinners on board. One of the faves was Nara Inlet on hook island.
The second 30 day visit we added in several day up in Cape Trib and took a small dive / snorkel boat out to McKay reef. WOW ! No need for dive gear, so we just snorkeled.
They even had several huge, monster, irradescent GIANT CLAMS.
Airlie beach is another choice of bare boat chartering but from the mainland, Whitsunday Escape seemed to be a very popular bare boat company. Heard lots of their VHF radio
calls as to boat name and which anchorage they would be at for the night.
We loved Ausrtalia, the Aussies, the land adventures including white water rafting the Tuly River.....class 5 out of 5.
We love sailing and the less we have to listen to an engine
the better. With two weeks , we had to sneak back into Hamilton Island and replenish some provisions and fresh water.
We are happy on the boat, so no need of trying to find a hotel
in the Whitsundays, did not enter our minds. But, we did stay at a hotel at Hamilton first and last nights of the bare boat charters. Hiked and partied.
Why 30 days ?. Well, it is one long moma dog of a flight from LAX to Sydney
, and our thinking , with all the travel involved, even after you arrive . we needed a month on each trip to enjoy as much of OZ as possible. Which we did to the fullest.
First trip, we panned to get acclimated to the time change and have some fun in Sydney. Stayed in a hotel at the ROCKS....SYDNEY HARBOR, .huge bay....took water taxis to the nautical museums, zoo, and acquarium. Got to explore the whole area and had harbor cruises as an added bonus.
has lots of critters that can sting, bight, or kill you, so when we went to the aquarium and the zoo, we found and learned to recognize the land and sea critters.
No problem what so ever. Zero.
Second trip... We made Carins our base, but covered a lot of Queensland
felt a lot like Kauai
, temp and weather
And, yes, we did party down, and had a great time with the Aussies.
Don't want to bore you to death, but in real life, we had two super fabulous OZ vacations, with hiking, biking, sailing, snorkeling, exploring, swimming, SCUBA diving,
The good times are going to roll.
Denny and Erica