Ocean Rafting Adventures
Another busy day in Airlie Beach. We were a little worried about the weather (it rained 1 meter of rain during the night) but it turned out that although the day was cloudy, only a little rain fell in the morning.
Today a group of students went “Ocean Rafting”. This raft took students to the famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and Beach, and to two separate snorkel spots in the inner Great Barrier Reef. This boat visits the “wild side” of the Whitsunday Islands showing the beautiful scenery of the uninhabited islands. Students were able to see the white silica sands and clear aqua water of Whitehaven Beach.
As we landed on the shore, many Estuarine Stingrays were close to the water’s edge (we counted at least 20). We enjoyed a delicious lunch on the beach. We then snorkelled in two different sites around the reefs of Hook and Border Islands. We were able to see turtles and tropical fish and explore the spectacular coral reefs. It was great to see a different part of the Great Barrie Reef.
Other students preferred to enjoy a more quiet day at the hotel. Students swam in the lagoon, shopped in town, did laundry, and worked on school assignments. Students finished their day with study hall in the evening. Tomorrow is our last day in this very special place. We will be flying back to Brisbane on Wednesday.