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Days 92 to 97 31-8-2007 to 5-9-2007 Airlie Beach

I am sailing, I Am Sailing............ Stormy Waters......

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A short thirteen hour bus ride south from Cairns and I arrived at Airlie Beach.

The best i can describe Ailie Beach is like a ski resort but for sailing, not like Benidorm or Magaluf, so nighttime is a kinda apres-sail

The two main pubs at night are an irish bar and the local backpackers hangout. Both were livley. In particular the Backpackers where i was reintroduced to Cider. The seafront is a great place to hang out with a large man-made lagoon (free), BBQs (Free) and a good walk around to the local cove.

I spent 2 days out on the ocean. The first day was on an impressive Cat sailing around the Whitsunday Islands. The highlight being set ashore on Whitehaven Beech. The sand is almost entirely silicon,which gives an almost white look to the beech and when walked on, actually squeaks under your feet. The down side was once we had been set ashore, a storm moved in and drenched the lot of us (theres no undercover), on the plus side it was hot, so we all dried out pretty quick.

The second day was out to another Barrier Reef base, similar to the one stationed off Cairns. The water was a bit more choppy out there, which meant the visabilty wasn't as clear as last time but still just as much fun. It's amazing how many people suffer from sea sickness. About 15 people throwing up in sync is a sight to see- but not to video.

I spent 5 days here, which is about the right time to spend. Theres plenty to do and loads of islands to explore. There,s also lots of boats to choose from for 2 and 3 night sailing trips. I decided against the later due to the very dodgy weather reports. Probably a good idea, a spoke to one girl, who looked totaly drained after her sailing trip ( the impression i got was not much food stayed down)

Posted by I Langley 18:29 Archived in Australia

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