Kerry does the world...
17th Jul 2012
Our one true love - Airlie Beach...
Bleurgh to both the weather and being hungover again but YAY to having a fabulous time still!! Woo woo!! We're in Airlie Beach now, there doesn't appear to be a huge amount here but as usual we've made our own goon filled fun. We arrived yesterday, it was still raining and checked into our hostel looking like two drowned rats. Cheap as chips though at $17 a night, 8 bed mixed dorm with ensuite, living the high life eh? We've already found shops to unnecessarily spend money in which is always a good idea with already bursting bags.
(it's now actually about 6 days later) ...
It seems there is stuff to do in Airlie Beach, though it mainly consists of drinking alcohol and then trying to figure out what to do the next day in the midst of a hangover haha! Oh and visiting MacDonalds an obscene amount of times… hmm!! We spent our first night boozing in a few bars on the main street where we met a few cool people, one of which led me astray (pretty easily done) and 'forced' me into throwing eggs from the hostel balcony… as you do! Our second day was spent with a wicked couple of girls who were in our dorm and as mental as us. We checked out the lagoon which was cute, had a swim and nearly drowned at one point due to laughing too much, then decided to book on a Whitsundays boat trip that the girls were doing, partly because we couldn't fathom what to do ourselves. Morons!! So we handed over around £220 for something I had no idea about without really asking any useful questions and set off the next day to the Whitsunday Islands.
Unfortunately one of the girls wasn't feeling well so decided not to come so we officially adopted Christie into our twosome and set off on our way to the boat with 8 litres of goon and 4 litres of vodka mixer and some random belongings/clothes which were packed in a mad hurry to check out of the hostel. Organised Kerry is no more!! I'd love to tell you what type of boat we were on but I haven't got the clue and because I'm brainless I didn't bother to ask or confirm my thoughts that perhaps it was a catamaran!?! But it was a boat all the same and it had sails ;) There were about 20 of us on board; a group from england, a wicked girl from Canada, a couple of Dutch girls, a Korean guy called Ian who didn't speak and slept the majority of the trip (odd)… and various other people - a nice bunch! We set off after the usual introductions and soon realised our trip was going to be absolute carnage!! If we'd wanted to go on a boat for a nice chilled out time then we were on the wrong one. About 10 minutes into the journey the deck hand had already flashed himself at another boat - pretty normal we were told!! So… we watched the sunset, got to know each other and I apparently zonked out at about 8pm declaring that I should be left alone as I was 27 and allowed to go to bed early haha!! We went to sleep after a lovely sunny day (one of the first I think) and woke up to cloudy skies and rain, ergh!! Plus all I could dream about was wearing socks, long socks. We were at Whitehaven Beach though, which was gorgeous!! I imagine it would look UNREAL in the summer and we saw a turtle pretty much as soon as we woke up which was cool!! I swam to the beach, after being pushed in by one of the crew (though I was actually about to get in, a few were being wimpy about swimming ashore)… and having the jaws music playing, which scared me a tad!! Had a little wander around the island and had a few snaps taken which will be on Facebook tomorrow I think. I'll tag myself in them. We left there, had lunch and headed off towards Mantaray Bay which was AMAZING!! There are so many fish there some were absolutely huge. Considering it was my first attempt at snorkelling it went pretty well once I got over the initial panic of wanting to breathe through my nose rather than my mouth. The fish were swimming right next to us and we were able to feed them (or more so the captain was throwing food at us) plus the coral was pretty cool too.
We spent the night nearby to our next snorkel spot, had dinner and played some ridiculous games which I can't go into detail about but let's just say it was pretty mental but lots of fun!! Pretty much the whole group got dressed up in fancy dress afterwards and danced, laughed and acted like prats until we all passed out, my bed being the floor of one of the tiny corridors of the boat, not massively comfortable. Somehow Kate bagged herself the only proper bed of the boat, sod!! The next day was spent snorkelling in the morning, breakfast and then heading back to Airlie Beach through the biggest waves ever which resulted in me turning green. I don't think I've ever felt so ill - my stomach was going, my hands were tingling like I was going to faint and Kate said I'd definitely give Shrek a run for his money for his next movie, not nice - though I wasn't alone! The captain suggested I sit at the front of the boat as that usually helps so off I went, rain mac on, to sit at the front where I felt better for about 5 mins until the sea sickness came back with a vengeance. I spent what seemed like about 10 years getting absolutely SOAKED by the waves, trying to not faint and fall in the water and to fight off the watery mouth… I was about to get up to run to the back of the boat and heave when an enormous wave smacked me into touch and I magically seemed to feel better!?! I then spent the rest of the trip dancing my soaks off and singing loudly with Kate and Christie, who'd spent most of the trip in the cabin (Kate mainly, she loved the wood finish ;) ) The crew told us we were the best (and craziest) group they'd had for a while, I bet they have to say that haha… we'd had an amazing time anyway. Such a good laugh and met some really lovely people!!
We arrived back in Airlie at around midday on Tuesday but it felt like we were still on the boat for the rest of the day. A pretty weird sensation, especially when you're sat on a bunk bed in a hostel room that 1) smells of wee and mould 2) is freezing 3) looks like a treehouse - oh and 4) is flaming miles away and through a strange forest (which I keep getting lost in) with turkeys running round in it?! Yep, perhaps I need to lay off the beer!!
And that's that really. I hung out with the cute Aussie I met a few days earlier in the week, visited MacDonalds for the millionth time this trip but resisted stuffing my face and went to bed. I've spent today chilling out, sorting out my stuff and considering what to do next. We'll have been here a week on Thursday so I reckon we'll get gone then or Friday but it's cute here and we're in no hurry - which is lucky hahaa.
P.s. I've just woken up and the sun is finally out waaahhheeeyyyyy!!! Sunbathing time! xxxx
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