We made our way down to the beach from the viewpoint, and then it was time to go for a short swim into the ocean. We didn’t go too far, as we had snorkeling left in the day but we were still able to see plenty of fishes near the beach,in the shallow waters. The sand here is also very rich with silica, so definitely recommend rubbing that while you get your feet wet. At this time, we were also provided with some really good food and drinks on the boat, so we had a very sumptuous meal onboard. After this, we all headed towards our first snorkeling point, which was called Macele bay. We jumped right from the boat, with our stinger suits on and it was truly a remarkable sight to see so many corals & colorful fishes. What was astonishing was the water clarity, which was so good that we could spot things from such long distances which otherwise isn’t possible. We snorkeled here for about 45 minutes and then came back to head to our second snorkeling point, which was called Mantaray bay. This snorkeling point is more famous for the fishes rather than the reef, so we saw a lot more fishes here, including some really big ones , which scared Shobhit for a bit. Our tour guide would often throw down food for the fishes and they will appear right next to us. We got plenty of nice pictures and videos here with our GoPro.
The third day was another day we both had been really looking forward to. We had reserved a Seaplane tour over the Great Barrier Reef, including the world famous heart coral reef. After a nice breakfast, and some time in the villa, we made our way to the Whitsunday airport, not to be confused with the Whitsunday coast airport, which is for commercial flights. Once we got there, we were again provided with stinger suits and a small briefing about the safety instructions on board by our pilot. The entire tour was for about 2-2.5 hours with 60 minutes of flying and remaining time at the Whitehaven beach. We took off and first saw the different islands surrounding the Whitsunday island. Then we zeroed in to the heart of great barrier reef where we saw the amazing corals from above. Our pilot kept telling us the details of each of the coral islands we were seeing as we flew over them and finally it was time to cross over the much anticipated heart coral reef, our pilot giving us a countdown as we came near the reef. Both of us kept looking at the reef and amazing fauna all around us, with water so crystal clear that you can see 10’s of feet inside the ocean even though you are 100’s of feet in the air.
We were back in the town again by 6 PM, where we took another round exploring the streets and small shops, and also took a look at the man made lagoon right next to the marina, which is open to public till late and has all the facilities. We watched the sunset from the lagoon and headed back home to pack up for Sydney, still inspired by the experience of last 3 days and a memory to save for lifetime.