Julia Creek Trip Day 10: Sailing and snorkeling the Whitsundays

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Today was AMAZING!!!!!!!

We took a sailing and snorkeling tour from Able Point Marina to Black Island in the Whitsundays on the SV Domino. From the moment we were welcomed aboard by Skipper Reg I knew today would be special.

Our vessel for the day was the 36 foot Sailing Vessel Domino; a sturdy and comfortable yacht. Skipper Reg was a friendly and experienced sailor who has a great way with his guests. An added bonus for us is that Reg speaks Dutch so he could chat with my grandmother who is here with us visiting from Holland. They shared stories of days gone by in Indonesia, Holland and PNG. It was a delight to listen and to continue practicing my Dutch. Our fellow guests were a German couple about my own age.

After motoring briefly out of the marina we hoisted sail and let the wind take us to Black Island (aka Bali Hai). The sailing was magnificent and relaxed. It took me back to my childhood years sailing Moreton Bay, the Sandy Strait and the Whitsundays. The memories reminded me about happy times past and my roots as an outdoor man.

The Whitsunday seas are the most wonderful blue green. They are crystal clear and warm. You have to see them to believe them.

At Black Island we were taken to shore in a tender and set up at some picnic tables. Reg hung a tarp for shade and we got our snorkeling gear on.

It’s such a privilege to be able to explore the colourful world below the water. All the colours of the rainbow greeted us down there. I saw colourful coral, brightly coloured tropical fish and turtles. I spent almost 1.5hours drifting along immersed in the foreign world of the sea.

After our snorkle we were treated to a tasty lunch at the picnic tables. We ate prawns, salmon, fresh fancy bread rolls and a salad of fresh produce.

Our 2.5 hours at the island ended and we returned to the SV Domino. Out at the yacht we were treated to the sight of huge batfish swimming around near the surface before we hoisted sail to return to Able Point Marina.

On the sail home I dangled my feet in the water and decided to take sailing lessons to relearn the skills I had as a child. Who knows, I might even save up for a small boat to sail out on Moreton Bay. I do love the power of the wind and the quiet of a day out sailing .

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7 responses to “Julia Creek Trip Day 10: Sailing and snorkeling the Whitsundays

  1. Waita Minute.. are you like on some 4 months vacation ? so envy .. so nice ..

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