Iâ€™ve returned back to reality after a week-long expedition throughout the Whitsundayâ€™s via Catamaran over New Years Eve. Our trip began with a very, â€˜Strayanâ€™ boat introduction..including the ever so humbling remark that concluded we would be unable to swim in the water during our expedition due to the excessive amount of deadly jellyfish/stingrays; â€I wouldnâ€™t put my pinky toe in this water;â€ verbatim, I believe. The four day, three night journey was filled with a lot of gin, some hot chicken sandwiches, a good amount of BS, and an overall, general appreciation for land. (Hot chicken sandwiches, not by choice and BS the card game).
The Whitsunday Islands are untouched and truly breathtakingâ€¦think Jurassic Park meets Jurassic Park, sans Dinosaurs, (or at least we think). Among our exhibition in the Great Barrier Reef, to Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island, we were greeted by a family of turtles and the most colorful and beautiful coral that Iâ€™ve ever seen. We docked in an isolated and very peaceful bay during our first nightâ€¦although the term peaceful is loosely used in this context to any bystander nearby. Of courseâ€¦we drank the majority of our alcohol on the first night which led to several booze runs the afternoon following to the boats docked near usâ€¦resulting in an array of champagne and whiskey-rum peace offerings from our â€˜neighborsâ€™ nearby.
Iâ€™ve truly never been so grateful to see concrete, running water and coffee upon reaching Hamilton Islandâ€¦in which we spent the day taking in the serenity of this honey-moon-esque spot; swimming in a jellyfish-free pool and eating an Italian meal from Romanoâ€™s, which I highly recommend to anyone having a visit.