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February 25th 2009
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Wednesday 25/02/09 The Whitsundays - Australia Temps Air 31°C Sea 28°C

Famed as having some of the most beautiful islands in the world, the Whitsundays consist of 74 islands of different sizes most of which feature idyllic brilliant white coral beaches, with to die for translucent blue/green seas just teaming with life of all kinds. Even from the ship we've watched hammer head sharks and turtles lazily swimming by. As you can imagine it's a backpackers paradise and although the reefs all have maximum limits imposed for visitors there's boat trips to the islands for snorkelling, scuba diving, sight seeing, swimming etc. In addition there's also the option for a trip to the pontoons moored out on the reef where you can swim, snorkel, or dive, on the coral reef and be totally blown away by the magnificence of the spectacle unfolding in front of your eyes.

As alternative there's the option to glide over the reef in either glass bottomed boats or semi submersibles, or for non swimmers or those who don't want to get wet you can view the reef and its wonders from a submerged platform below the pontoon using dry suits
and fully enclosed helmets similar to the old divers helmets. Although these have obviously been brought up-to-date and instead of the restricted viewing available with the old helmets these are lightweight and enjoy all round visibility, making for a fantastic experience for non swimmers.

As we did the trip to the pontoon when we were her last time we decided to take the opportunity to visit the town and take the bicentennial board walk which runs along the coast and was a lovely walk with local markets stalls out along by the park, plenty of varied flora & fauna to admire and there was a small lagoon which I had thought was a natural lagoon inhabited by birds and the like. It turned out to be a large manmade lagoon for swimming and paddling, with the beaches virtually off limits because of the danger from marine stingers this was an opportunity not to be missed, so it was back to the ship to get our cozzies.

Just as we returned having taken the opportunity to have lunch whilst back on board the heavens opened, after 15 min the storm passed and we managed to spend the remainder of the afternoon bimbling around the lagoon, absolute bliss, all it needed was a swim up bar, but you know me never one to complain. Whilst swimming I came across the ships masseuse and she was telling me about one client who was moaning that it was her 20th world cruise and she was bored; so what did she do she's booked for the 2010 world cruise on Arcadia; and that sums up the more senior of the passengers on this cruise, more time and money than they know what to do with.

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