The Whitsunday Islands is one of the most beautiful places we visited during our Australian adventure. We found the best way to explore was by yacht.
Now, there are literally hundreds of companies offering boat trips around the islands, everything from a one day trip to a few days staying overnight under the stars. Some of these boats are massive and can have up to 100 people on board, they are more like a massive party boat they a relaxed cruise around the islands.
Seeing as we were on our honeymoon we decided to go for something a little smaller and sedate, cue Lady Enid, a gorgeous classic wooden yacht who sailed in the Sydney to Hobart many times in the 1960’s. What we loved the most about being on board Lady Enid is the size, it only has 24 guests and then three crew which made it a really lovely experience.
We spent the day on board Lady Enid, leaving Airlie Beach marina around 9am. We sailed out towards the infamous Whitehaven Beach whilst sipping tea and watching the world float by.
Our first ‘port of call’ was Hill Inlet, we moored up and jumped in the rib to be ferried across to the island. We walked through the bush to the top of Hill Inlet and were treated to the most incredible views of some of the Whitsunday Islands, possibly one of the most beautiful views I’ve been lucky enough to witness.
Whitehaven Beach is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and the minute my toes sunk into the white sand it’s easy to see why. It’s absolutely stunning and the sand is so white and so soft.
Back on board Lady Enid we were presented we the most incredible spread complete with freshly caught prawns, cured meats, salmon and salads. I was really impressed with the quality especially as it had all been prepared below deck.
Next stop was Tongue Bay and the chance to snorkel over a coral reef, because we were there in December it was Stinger (jellyfish) season so we can to wear full length wetsuits which of course look stunning! I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to talk through a snorkel but it sounds hilarious and every time we saw fish Mr B told me all he could hear was me saying ‘ffffeeeeesssshhhhheeeess’! I knew what I was saying! Haha
After our snorkel session it was time to head back to the marina, whilst sailing back we were presented with prosecco which was the perfect end to the day. I don’t think there’s anything better than watching the sunset whilst sitting on a yacht with a glass of bubbles in hand. Life on the ocean waves really is the life for me.
We booked our trip through Viator and it cost £141 each but that did include the pick-up and drop off, breakfast, lunch and antipasti with bubbles which I thought was incredibly reasonable.
I would definitely recommend a day on board Lady Enid to experience the Whitsunday Islands!