Both Airlie Beach and Cairns are considered gateway towns to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout my travels on Australia’s East Coast, I had two opportunities to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. First, I went snorkeling from Airlie Beach with Ocean Rafting to the Whitsunday Islands which is located on the south part of the Great Barrier Reef. The second time I went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef was from Cairns with Ocean Free just North of Green Island which is located 26 miles from Cairns on the North part of the Great Barrier Reef. Both snorkeling opportunities were incredible experiences. The marine wildlife I encountered was out of this world. Continue reading
Ocean Rafting took me on the ride of my life to see the top snorkel spots on the southern Great Barrier Reef off Hook Island, Hill Inlet lookout, Hill Inlet Beaches, and Whitehaven Beach. My Northern Exposure day trip to the Whitsundays was well worth waiting out the storm in Airlie Beach to see these turquoise wonders. The Whitsunday Islands is one of my favorite places in Australia thus far. Hill Inlet Beach and Whitehaven beach might be two of the best beaches I have ever seen, and that says a lot because I’ve been to a lot of beaches. Whitehaven beach is said to be one of the world’s best beaches and in the top 10. I would have to agree.
Turquoise Thursday- Airlie Beach, Australia
Sometimes it’s worth the wait…
In life, we often experience times when we are waiting for the storm to pass, metaphorically or literally speaking. When I arrived in Airlie Beach, I exited the Premier bus to be welcomed by nothing but gale force winds and rain. My first storm in Australia. Due to the fact that I am traveling for a total of 14 months, I can’t expect the weather to be perfect all the time. I need to be realistic in the fact that storms come and go and my plans might be intermitadely put on hold. Yet, I couldn’t help but be disappointed that mother nature was raining on my parade. This was one of those rare instances when I needed to be patient for the storm to pass and for better days to arrive.