Pirates of the Caribbean filmed one of their latest movies here, and I’m not surprised why. This. Is. Paradise.
The Whitsunday Islands are located in Queensland, Australia; They hold some of the purest sands on earth, in where you can witness stunning sunsets and beautiful fauna all around the seas.
Apart from being Australia’s largest cluster of offshore islands, it is also one of the top 5 beaches in the world.
While it has gained a lot of attention from many travellers around the world, let’s make sure you know that there is not much Reef remaining there, sadly, which – if you go there with high expectations- it can be a bit of a bummer. Don’t expect a Finding Nemo scene, not just quite.
If you’re really into exploring the beautiful fauna under water, you can get a hired-boat that departs from Cairns into the north islands.
It is extremely challenging to keep hydrated and find a shadow to protect you from the sun, which is stronger here due to the oz hole, If you don’t want to be dealing with strong headaches and really bad sunburns: Come prepared – Bring Suncream 50.
Airlie Beach is the closest you’ll get to Whitsunday Islands. Normally people stay there before embarking in a 3 day trip to the Whitsundays. Airlie is a pretty small place where you’ll spend most of your time bathing and tanning in the esplanade.
After staying in Airlie Beach, you’ll get into a boat to sail around the Whitsunday Islands. Price wise, you could get any boat for the same range of prices, however I strongly recommend the Tongarra boat. Why? Because of their community vibe, their friendliness and happy mood, so refreshing.
Also, I had a couple friends sailing with other boats, and they complained about not being able to do stuff, about being restricted and having to go to sleep at 10pm “no alcohol allowed”.
At Tongarra, we felt like a family, did games together, had beers and ciders and even went for a couple dives at night.