Sailing on the ‘Camira’ to Daydream
The weather forecast was looking good for our days sailing around the Whitsundays aboard the ‘Camera’, one of the world’s fastest catamarans. We boarded at Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach and were soon on our way to Daydream Island to pick more passengers. The wind was good so the skipper set the sails and we moved gracefully along the water with the wind in our sails till we reached Hook Island where we moored just off shore and got ready to do some snorkelling. The Camira’s tender took to the best spot and we were soon swimming in the clear water looking down at the amazing picture of beautiful colourful coral alive with a huge variety of tropical fish, trying to identify them and remember their names!
Back on board we sailed on to the magnificent Whitehaven Beach, the most beautiful beach in the Whitsundays with its pure white silica sand, contrasting with the turquoise blue sea. We took a walk along the beach, had fun with everyone playing beach games and just had time for a quick swim before we returned to the boat for an excellent barbecue lunch.
We sailed round Whitsunday Island, past Hamilton Island, where we spotted ‘Blue Pearl’ the house Ben lived in for 6 months during his time in the ‘Best Job in the World’, then back to Daydream Island, where we said goodbye to the Camira as we were spending a night in the resort here.
We were welcomed at Daydream Island by Brenda and James and taken to our lovely room overlooking the Coral Sea. The sun was just going down and a wonderful sunset gave a rosy glow to the view of the Whitsunday Islands from our balcony, and on the lawn just below us the resident rock wallabies appeared nibbling away at the grass completing a perfect picture. We ate supper in the Fishbowl Tavern, then sat in the Lagoon Bar and listened to the live musical entertainment, a great evening!
At 10 am each morning at the Living Reef in the open air lagoon, one of the most popular activities with children takes place, the daily fish feeding. We watched as stingrays Pikelet and Pancake, Bruce, a sicklefin lemon shark, hundreds of damsel fish and lots of other tropical fish were fed by hand by Sarah, one of the marine experts who look after aquatic life living in the lagoon.
Ben made a brilliant video of the Living Reef and the fish that live there which you can see on his blog ‘Caught in a Daydream’ , have a look at it and see more about the amazing fish living there.
Later in the day Sarah took us on a tour of the Living Reef, where we walked around the coral, feeding the fish as they swam around our feet nudging us to ask for food which they gently took from our hands. This wonderful experience can be booked by visitors to the island and you can learn much more about the amazing life living in the reef.
There is an enormous variety of activities on the island to keep you entertained including parasailing, jetskiing, kayaking, snorkelling, mini golf, tennis court, children’s playground and an enormous swimming pool, but also plenty of quiet spots to just lie and relax.
As well as being the perfect holiday destination for families and children, Daydream Island is also a perfect place to get married. Over 250 wedding ceremonies are performed a year, either in the beautiful wedding chapel with amazing views through the huge windows out to the blue sea, or at Lovers Cove, a secluded bay with a beautiful white coral beach.
Our time on the island was soon over, but not before we had a tour of the Rejuvenation Spa, a sanctuary of peace, comfort and tranquility and the perfect place to lose any stresses and tensions of daily life.
We left Daydream, promising ourselves we would return again sometime for a further visit.
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