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Cruising The Whitsunday Islands

Updated on December 18, 2015

Explore the Whitsunday Islands

Cruising the Whitsundays!

Sounds beautiful - relaxing on board a catamaran and was not having to cook or wash dishes for a couple of days - snorkeling in those beautiful waters ... sipping wine as the sun goes down .........

Is this an adventure you have been dreaming of for years maybe even as long as myself - over 28 years since I saw the Whitsundays on TV in New Zealand and have only just made it a reality!

Why not turn the dream into reality and enjoy your dream holiday while you are able to make the most of it!

We chose to cruise with Whitsunday Catamarans as they had a maximum of 8 aboard the catamaran which is the same amount on board our houseboat at the Horizontal Falls recently.

Meals were provided and there was snorkeling planned as well as a must do the trip to Whitehaven Beach, a place everyone had recommended for us to explore!

Now before you start to get the idea we are loaded - that is not true - we both are working so we can experience our bucket list dreams.

So start saving and planning your dream trip!

The Whitsunday Islands of which there are 74 Islands are in Queensland Australia about 1 1/2 hours flight from Brisbane, about 5 hours down from Townsville and a boat ride from Airlie Beach which has everything you need for a holiday after your cruise.

Whitsunday Blue

We chose Whitsunday Catamarans to cruise the Whitsundays with.
We chose Whitsunday Catamarans to cruise the Whitsundays with.

Getting to the Whitsunday Islands

Depending on your plans you can fly directly to Airlie Beach then stay there and do day trips out to the reef.

We flew into Townsville & spent time there and Magnetic Island followed by a couple of days in Bowen and took a bus to Airlie Beach and arrived a few hours before we were due to sail out on Whitsunday Blue for 2 nights.

There are two major domestic airports situated close to Airlie Beach; the Great Barrier Reef Airport located on Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Coast Airport and you can fly from Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns.

We were fed well !
We were fed well !

Relax on a cruise !

Nev has worked on boats so he was keen to take over for a while !
Nev has worked on boats so he was keen to take over for a while !
We enjoyed a private cabin !
We enjoyed a private cabin !

Whitehaven Beach

Onboard Whitsunday Catamarans

We had an amazing time aboard Whitsunday Blue as we had a great skipper Tanya & Nat was our friendly chef who kept us well fed.

The highlights were relaxing onboard out on the ocean - watching the stars at night

Exploring Whitehaven Beach & having a swim in the beautiful water.

Snorkeling & seeing the big fish - coloured fish & coral

Whale watching - I saw a whale while swimming which was amazing, as well as others, while sailing

Sailing when we had a good wind for it!

Enjoying a nice dinner & glass of wine at the end of a very enjoyable day.

Saw A turtle

We loved seeing turtles as well as plenty of whales while sailing the Whitsundays .
We loved seeing turtles as well as plenty of whales while sailing the Whitsundays .

Looking down to Whitehaven Beach

We went out of stingray season.
We went out of stingray season.

Sailing holiday Greece

Loved our time in Greece
Loved our time in Greece
A sailing holiday Greece is so peaceful & relaxing
A sailing holiday Greece is so peaceful & relaxing

Whitehaven Beach Australia

Activities in the Whitsundays after your cruise

The choices are endless when it comes to spending time in the Whitsunday islands. There are cruises for a range of experiences depart Airlie Beach daily if you still want more after your cruise!

Snorkel the reef and check out the amazing sea life & Coral out in the protected bays

or explore the islands, check out their activities

Be amazed on a stunning scenic flight

Try an adrenalin pumping speed boat for some action

visit spectacular Whitehaven Beach & unwind

, or hike through subtropical rainforest,

Try the many restaurants for lunch or dinner


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    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks Clean life, After waiting over 28 years to get there I loved every minute especialy the snorkeling, lazing on the catarmaran etc !

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      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      What a beautiful place. The photos are awesome and thank you for sharing you great trip with us.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi Lady_E , Thanks for the visit . It was an amazing time at Whitsundays , seeing a whale while in the water was a bonus !

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Gorgeous place - I'm glad you had an amazing time. Blue skies, Blue water, nice Beach. Mmmhh... It's a blessing to be able to see other sides of the planet. Cheers.

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, I felt relaxation creeping in between the jealousy as I went through your hub! Up, interesting and beautiful.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Ausemade , Hope you get to the ocean especially the Whitsundays ! When we leave kununurra we must visit Alice Springs , Ayers Rock etc .

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Yes, The Whitsunday is definitely one of those places I must visit... living in Central Australia, the ocean is very far... love the photos with your hub...

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This looks like such a great way to enjoy the islands. Your food spread was outstanding! Loved the photo posts and makes me want to go there soon.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks leahlefler, It was amazing especialy seeing the whale while I was in the sea !! I love being in & by the water .

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      What a gorgeous place to visit! The water is so blue and the wildlife must have been spectacular to witness. This is a beautiful hub, freecampingaussie!

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      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks aboutaustralia ! We went near Hayman Island while cruising but apart from a couple of hours at Whitehaven we loved being out on the water & snorkeling etc - was awesome !!

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      6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      What a wonderful experience! We went on a day cruise with 'Cruise Whitsundays' while we were there, which was great too. Enjoyed dropping in and spending some time on Daydream and Long Islands. It's just such a beautiful part of the world! I'm thinking we will have to do the Catamaran trip next time we visit, it looks like you had a great time.


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