Whitsundays Islands Cruise
I guess you are wondering about the number 74? It’s certainly no random number but in fact it’s the amount of islands that make up the Whitsunday’s. Getting out to these islands can be pretty tricky without a boat but thanks to the legends at Red Cat Adventures, access to one of the most beautiful places on earth just got a whole lot easier.
The morning begins at Abell Point only a few minutes’ drive from Mantra Club Croc. Prior to heading out the islands, it’s a compulsory requirement to throw on an attractive looking stinger-suit which serves the purpose of stopping stingers get to you. The hardest part of the day will be putting on the stinger-suit and leaving the Whitsunday Islands.
For me, this is the most epic day on the whole tour and you’ll soon find out why! If you are an avid adrenaline junkie, take the front seats of the ThunderCat and get ready for a few waves!
The first stop of the day is the amazing Hill Inlet which can be accessed by Tongue Bay right near the lush Whitsunday Island which is the largest of the 74 islands. You’ve probably heard of Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach and in order to get to see it in real life, a little 15 minute walk from Tongue Bay is required.
After taking in some of the most iconic views in Australia, it’s time to chill out on the white sands of Hill Inlet. The reason why the sand is so white is due to the very high content of silica found amongst it, some say it’s so rich that if you rub the sand into jewelry, it will have a perfect shine, just don’t get it in your camera gear.
Lunch is provided back on the ThunderCat as the boat cruises around Tongue Bay which is home to a variety of sea turtles that often pop their head above the water’s surface.
30 minutes after lunch, it’s finally time to put on the snorkels and zip up the stinger-suit for one of the most incredible underwater scenes you can experience anywhere in the world! I highly recommend going in the water even if you aren’t too fond of it, the water fluctuates between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius making it perfect for anyone.
I don’t want to spoil it too much for you, but what you will see under the sea will blow your mind!
After 2 solid hours on the reef, it’s time to get back on board the ThunderCat, crank the music and head a-shore to Airlie Beach.