What can I say...An incredible way to explore the whitsunday islands.
We were travelling with family, our group consisting of six adults and our two sons aged 14 and 10 years. All with various experiences of ocean sailing (some with none).
The day started with the introduction to the wonderful crew of the Derwent Hunter. Knowledgable and friendly is an understatement.
After a thorough safety talk, we were off and sailing towards our first island stop. It was a beautiful day, blue skies and seas. Plenty of photo opportunities.
The crew Kate & Johnno entertained and encouraged all aboard to help mast the sails. My boys loved helping with this. Morning Tea appeared, which we all enjoyed whilst soaking up the view.
We were fitted with all the neccessary snorkelling gear, goggles, snorkles, stinger suits, and for lazy people like myself, a floating device(noodle). The crew made sure the boys were well fitted with all of the gear, and my younger son was also fitted with a life jacket.
We had literally only arrived a couple of minutes at our first destination, and to our amazement were snorkelling above giant sea turtles. It was realy incredible. I was snorkelling with my youngest son, who yes, can still manage to talk under water.
It felt very safe and peaceful, snorkelling around the islands with our children, and was reassuring to know the crew were checking on our safety and well being at all times.
We continued on to another sandbar and explored the area, viewing a great variety of tropical fish of all colours. Some of our group spotting another sea turtle.
The obliging crew were happy to take snaps for us at any time.
When we re-boarded, we were greeted with a plentiful feast, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
We then headed back to the Port of Airlie, whilst the crew were testing our knowledge of the ocean life we had just encountered. The boys enjoyed having a lesson on steering and sailing the great "Derwent Hunter" by friendly captain Dave.
The only way to explore the whitsundays.
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