Well the day started on the balcony overlooking the stunning entrance and buggy park, but the sun was shining and we had the half day at Whitehaven Beach to look forward to. Breakfast was had at the Marina Cafe and it was delicious, what a great way to wait for our cruise great food and the view of the marina. It came time to board the catamaran for the 90 minute cruise across to Whitehaven. We did wonder whether we booked the right means at first as there was a metre swell and 15-20 knots wind, but we climbed on board and I took my position on the netting, sunscreen on, I had 90 minutes cooking time, while Mr Revthreads et al took up the shade on offer. It was amazing, even with the swell and the odd dumping of water on the net. The scenery around us was breathtaking, the mountainous islands covered with greenery, the turquoise ocean glimmering in the sun, the blue skies lined with the occasional cloud that looked like fine webbing. Not long after we took off the sail was raised and captured by the wind, this sailing business is pretty cool, there was not a stuffy cabin in sight just open, fresh air!
About 10 mins from Whitehaven we had a bit of lunch, after which we sailed around the corner and there was Whitehaven beach, my breath was taken away just a little bit more. Beautiful pure white sand stretched along the front of the bushland for some 6 kilometres. The ocean crystal clear, the floor lined with more white sand, a fringe reef hugged the shoreline, we’d arrived, it was time to hop into the tender and head across.
After regaining our breath, we popped on our stinger suites and our snorkeling gear, we had hoped to do a full day that included snorkeling but it was full, so this little fringe reef was our only opportunity this trip. The water was seriously no more than a metre deep because it was low tide, and this was simply a fringe reef, but it was teeming with life and color. I was initially greeted with what appeared to be bleached coral, which is very sad to see, but soon there was purple, gold, yellow, blue, all just there, in front of me. Coral swaying with the ebb and flow of the current, fish coming to check us out, small parrot fish swam past offering an amazing color show as they did, little fish swam in and out of the fingers of the coral, clams closing up but leaving their beautiful bright blue lips on show. It’s not part of the major reef system but it was worth every minute.
After our snorkeling it was beer o clock on the beach, so we sat drinking a cold beer while discussing the plight of the reef, the damage that the mining industry is doing to it, this is my first trip to the reef, but as someone who seriously believes in the idea of people and planet before profit and power, and now I have been and seen my passion for the reef has intensified. The planet is an amazing complex gift that provides for all our needs, beauty lies all around in every nook and cranny, we have to care.
The journey back to Hamilton was much smoother, hardly any chop, we sailed back contented little puppies with a refreshing Mango Daquori in hand once more exilorated by the beauty of creation that surrounded us.
We returned back to our new room with a view this time, now I often say I do miserable well, but on this occasion my miserable and upfront nature was rewarded with a great view, a bottle of wine and a cheese platter, although I would have preferred The newly weds receiving compensation for the pathetic attemp of a romantic set up, there’s time. As we sat a sulphur crested cockatoo popped along to see if he or she could perhaps join in the sharing of the cheese platter. Now all of us, except Beany, had taken note of the “do not feed the birds” signs so she obliged and fed the little one, after a combined “Beany, don’t feed the birds!” She stopped and so feeling very unwelcome our feathered friend departed.
Dinner was needed so we met with the newly weds and headed to CoCa Chu for dinner, vegetarian range was thin on the ground, but the food was good as was the service. After a big day it really was time for bed, so that’s exactly what Revthreads did.