Hamilton Island, Australia: 2

Another day, another dawn on Hamilton Island – and another trip down to the marina for a waterside breakfast…

…joined, of course, by our new feathered friends!

For our second full day we had booked a speedboat trip to nearby Whitsunday Island. We went for the Reef Ryder Whitsunday Explorer tour, which included a stop at a scenic hill inlet overlooking the islands, a stop at Whitehaven Beach, and two snorkelling opportunities.

After a 30-minute whizz across the ocean on the speedboat (hair situation: red alert!) we arrived at Whitsunday Island, where we made our way uphill through a forested area to the lookout point. It was pretty busy with other tour groups, but we patiently waited for our turn to step onto the viewing platform.

And wow, it was well worth the wait! The views from the hill inlet were sublime, like a picture-perfect postcard: turquoise waters, white sands and azure skies for as far as the eye could see.

Next it was time to hop back on the boat for a spot of snorkelling. After splashing about in the sun, we got dried off and back on the boat for the short trip to Whitehaven Beach.

 

Whitehaven Beach – which is seven kilometres long – is famed for its perfectly white sand and turquoise waters, and has been voted the best beach in Australia. So good, in fact, that Taylor Swift hired the entire beach for a private party for her birthday last year! It wasn’t hard to see how even the most well-travelled of people fall in love with this idyllic and unspoilt spot.

And here is one of the beach’s lucky inhabitants! Not a bad life, chilling on the beach all day and polishing off the remains of visitors’ lunches…

Our next stop was Chalkies Beach, where we could snorkel and sunbathe as we pleased. We made the most of the gorgeous sunshine before reboarding the boat to speed our way back to Hamilton Island for a quick power nap and a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Another day in paradise! Xx

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