Both Lisy and I have always dreamed of going to the Great Barrier Reef, but since it is well over 1000 miles long, we did not know just where to go. Then we heard about the Whitsunday Islands, a group of more than 70 tropical islands located in the Coral Sea, and surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. One look at a brochure, and we were sold- we hopped on the next plane and flew deep into the tropics, to the Whitsundays. These islands are surrounded by the bluest, clearest, and warmest water that you can imagine- probably even more beautiful than you can imagine, and the waters are teaming with fish.
Most of the islands are uninhabited and all of them are within the protected waters of the Great Barrier National Park. So typically you stay at one island by night, and take boats from one to another during the day. Some of the beaches, like Whitehaven, are ranked among the most beautiful in the world (it gets our vote)! And the reefs themselves are also a wonder of nature, making for great scuba diving. We have never seen such healthy and vibrantly colored corals, there was also a huge variety of fish (thankfully we only saw friendly ones) and lots of turtles too. It was nice to dive in water that was so warm, no wetsuits were needed as the surface water was nearly 90 degrees, and it was 82 at 60 feet down!! Lisy has to be the most spoiled diver I know, she has only dove in tropical paradises like this, Indo, and the Carribbean- I'll never get her to ply the murky depths of California with me- I don't blame her!!
We continue to be impressed by Australia and it's diversity. We think that this is one country that truly has something for everyone to enjoy. Next time we come here we think we will charter a sailboat and get to all the remote and beautiful spots!