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Whitsundays diving - QLD

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Nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier reef, dotted with 74 tropical islands set amongst the azure waters of the Coral Sea is one of Australia's premier holiday destinations.
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the Whitsundays is world-renowned for its spectacular coastline with a myriad of off-shore island and the surround tropical marine environment of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
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The majority of the Whitsunday Islands is designated National Park, leaving them uninhabited and in their purest natural state.
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Whales visit the Whitsundays every year on their annual migration. From July to October Whales are a common sight frolicking amongst the islands.
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I took a boat tour out to some of the local highlights, and included two dives around the islands.
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We passed several other boats
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as we headed away from the shore
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It was the most overcast day of the week, but still a beautiful place!
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Setting off from Hervey Bay, we passed some of the Whitsunday Islands
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and were lucky enough to see a whale and calf
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though maybe a little too close to this boat
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and soon arrived at Tongue Bay where we moored the boat and walked up to the view point
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over Whitehaven Beach
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The crystal clear waters and pristine white silica sand of Whitehaven Beach stretch over 7km along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays.
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Whitehaven Beach has been voted the top beach in Australia and in the top 5 in the world.
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At the northern end of the beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning cove where the tide shifts the sand and the water to create a beautiful, swirling fusion of colours. A short beautiful walk through the woodland and dry rainforest of Whitsunday Island leads to the famous Hill Inlet Lookout.
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The Whitsunday island and coast all have fringing reefs - coral gardens very close to the shoreline with abundant marine life to explore.
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Then we walked down onto Lookout Bay
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where the water was warm and the sand so soft
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you just had to be careful not to stand on a lurking stingray
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The moody clouds gave contrast to the pristine white sand
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and I couldn't' resist leaving a little note
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Heading back through the national park, the beach on the other side of the inlet was thick with coral and shells
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Back on the boat we set off for Hook Island, for some exploration under the surface
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with my dive buddy Dean
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The weather was poor and the current the strongest I've dived in,
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but it's still a beautiful world down there, with colourful fish
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Five Barred
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Angelfish
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a very large Grouper
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and plenty of different types of coral
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but I think this one was my favourite
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and the fish obviously like them too
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and one very large clam
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There were some tight squeezes, through the over hanging coral
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and one that got hold of my respirator, and made me panic a little, but I didn't let it go
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and then, on the second dive, John decided to go under here
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which I considered, but thought I might just go over the top instead!

this video shows us just floating along in the current

Maybe not the best weather for it, but I had a lot of fun!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:15 Archived in Australia Tagged diving whitsundays hook_island Comments (0)

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