Time to leave Airlie Beach. I discovered this morning the biggest frustration of each backpacker ! I experienced how it’s hard to leave a place where you met people, spending a lot of time with them, to go in other direction from each other, where you don’t know anybody. Quite sad, but also really exciting to begin my trip on Whitsundays.
What about this sailing adventure : I booked a trip about 2 days / 2 nights on a boat called Tongarra to snorkel, sail, swim and explore the Whitsunday Islands ! A trip with what Aussie would say as "roughing it", living conditions : First there are no bedrooms inside, so this meant we got to sleep under the stars ! I slept on the deck of the boat in the middle of the Whitsundays. Secondly : you have to come on the boat with only the bare necessities in a small bag (i.e. suncream, sunglasses, towel, bikini and some toiletries). Thirdly, no shower on the boat, so we got to bath in the ocean and her beautiful landscape 😉
What about the Whitsunday Islands : This is a collection of 74 breathtaking islands surrounded by fringing coral reef. The majority of the Whitsunday are uninhabited National Park.
Let's go : I went to the Marina in the middle of the afternoon, and discovered the 22 backpackers who will enjoy the sailing adventure with me. Waiting for the crew, we began to speak all together… the starter point of a wonderful experience ! I was very blessed to be in the company of many backpackers that were from many different places (none from France) ! My goal in Australia is to speak English only, so this was amazing and challenging !
On the boat : We began the sailing adventure on what was a cloudy and overcast day but this didn't remove the beauty of the landcapes ! Over three hours, we discovered beautiful virgin and uninhabited islands. At 6 o'clock we took our first drink with snacks, getting to know each other better and speaking about our adventures all whilst chillin' and laughing at the same time.
At the end of the afternoon, we stopped at a wonderful spot to watch this magical and most breathtaking sunset ! One of the best I have ever seen (#nofilter 😉). So lucky we are got to see this but also share this moment with new friends. Then we enjoyed a fish barbecue on the deck of the katamaran with fresh salads.
Gaming time : After the barbecue dinner, we had a lot of fun talking with the crew and playing a game that made us answer questions "all about us"., such as name, nationality, preferred colour, preferred cartoon, preferred superhero to see if we prefer good or bad guy, and finally the funny things we do after sex. Each backpackers had to answer, and to my delight (or not^^) I was among the first to answer, so not much time to think. So my answers were : Hélène, French, Blue, Pocahontas, Batman, and for the last answer I had to think quickly about a stupid and funny answer and said "Eating a fresh baguette with salted butter" --> lot of laugh "yeah guys I am French !!! 😉
After drinking, and a bit more drinking, we took a sheet and a pillow to sleep under the stars. What a wonderful experience, rocked to sleep by only the waves, not a noise, just a little wind to refresh, and the stars as a blanket... One of the best nights I have had since I have been in Australia !