This lagoon is open to the public, no entrance fees.
But if you're like me who's not in the mood to swim, you can sit or lie down and get a tan or something.
Our tour started by meeting at Abell Point Marina around 8:30AM. We were asked to sign waivers plus they gave us our own stinger suits. Swimming between the months of October-May can be extremely dangerous as that is when the venomous box jellyfish and irukandji's are at their worst in these waters.
The Thundercat catamaran has been designed and built for stability and speed so it's perfect for passengers who are concerned about seasickness. The trip from Airlie to Whitsunday took approximately 1.5 hours.
It was still high tide when we arrived but that's ok. No words can grasp the beauty of this place. Whitehaven Beach is simply heaven on earth.
After the inlet lookout, we hiked going down to Betty's Beach. I'm so glad I had my sunnies with me that time because the sand was blindingly white (even if looks normal in the photo).
I met this German couple named Patrick and Joana (I hope I got their name right!). I happily obliged and took some of their couple photos. I do hope they send me a shoutout or something, I'd love to give them hi-res photos from this trip.
After an hour and half in the island, we went back to the Thundercat for lunch. My inital reaction after seeing this was "Where's the seafood?!" In the Philippines, when you go on an island hopping tour, they usually serve freshly caught seafood. Photo grabbed from Thundercat FB page.
Our next stop was Mantaray Bay where we were given time for snorkeling and to meet George (the huge maori wrasse fish). Photo grabbed from Thundercat FB page.
Last stop was at the Langford Sandbar where we had our afternoon tea. Sadly it didn't have the white sand like the one in Whitehaven but it was all good.
The all inclusive Thundercat tour costs $173.00AUD. Please take note that not all tours pass by Whitsunday Island so make sure you double check before booking. It was quite a productive day where we had ample amount of time to enjoy the view, snorkel, swim and beach hop in the Whitsundays. Was it worth it? DEFINITELY. One for the books! To end this post I'd like to share this video I created to summarize my Whitsunday experience. Please watch in HD!