The Whitsundays Delight

Jean and I were a bit apprehensive as we prepared to take our first cruise to a place neither of us had ever been. We [mostly Pirate Jean] researched endlessly.  Jean found most of the highlights online and I talked to people who had sailed there before, but we were still a bit concerned, never having laid eyes on the place.

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Jean being Pirate Jean
Hiking at Nara Inlet, Whitsunday Islands
Hiking at Nara Inlet, Whitsunday Islands

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SUP ?

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Adding to my anxiety was the fact that I would be the only one on the boat with a Y chromosome. Yep, it was me and seven women. At first, it sounded exciting, almost tantalizing, then I started thinking about how mean the girls were in middle school. I only knew a couple of the gals we’d be spending the week with – so many unknowns! Uh Oh, had I just signed up for a floating soap opera drama?

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Sunset on Chance Bay

Another Feast

Another Feast

The Swirling Sands at Hill Inlet
The Swirling Sands at Hill Inlet

Well, it was amazing! Even though they are closer to the mainland, the Whitsunday Islands are considered part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. They are truly beautiful. The Australian Government has done a great job of regulating development to keep the area pristine. The weather was perfect, the boat was comfortable, and the girls weren’t too mean. Actually, I loved my all female crew. Except for the occasion when they all simultaneously became wives. More on that later.

The gals
The gals
Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach
Carole being Carole
Carole being Carole

We found cruising in Australia easy and comfortable. Beside the perfect weather and good nautical charts, Australians are fun-loving and easy-going. And they speak English! As much as we love our exotic ports of call in the South Pacific and the Idyllic Caribbean, it sure takes some of the stress away when we don’t have to depend on my pathetic French.

These guys liked us.
These guys liked us.
Moreton Bay Mud Bugs
Moreton Bay Mud Bugs

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