Join me on a trip to the most amazing beach in the world. Water so clear you can see the sharks frolicking in the shallows. And you don’t even have to get your feet wet.
Sand so white and so soft, you can hear the crunch under your soles.
Colours so brilliant and iridescent you cannot help but wonder if you have ended up in a tourism brochure.
Let’s be that bikini model for a day, let’s find our special spot on a shifting sandbank and yell on top of our lungs: “Where the bloody hell are ya?”
Check out my very first video blog about Whitehaven Beach, a quick 2-minute journey to paradise.
Whitehaven Beach is a located on Whitsunday Island in the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most spectacular places on Earth. Many notable people have visited in the past. Oprah Winfrey has flown in a whole group of viewers for a special luncheon on the silicate sands. Not that far away, Hollywood used the setting as an outdoor studio to film Pirates of the Caribbean.
There are no hotels here. No cars and no residents. To get to the beach you will have to join a cruise, or charter a boat, or fly over in a seaplane or land in a helicopter. The choice is yours. Your reward will be a short stay in this glorious paradise that I promise you will never forget.
Don’t think that you will be the only one visiting. Whitehaven Beach is a tourism magnet. If you arrive by helicopter you will be surprised to see no less than ten other helicopters parked on the pristine stretch of beach.
Yet you can still spend some time on your own, keeping other visitors at a distance.
Just pause and look. See the water slowly washing over the sand, conquering the very sandbank you are standing on, dry one minute, wet the next.
Count the fish in the warm water. They are so close you can almost touch them.
If you arrive on a cruise, for example from nearby Hamilton Island, you will be taken around the point to the other side. Here the boat can moor safely, without disturbing the beauty of Whitehaven Beach. A quick climb over the point and through the native forest offers the most outstanding views of the beach and the shifting sandbanks, a view to behold.
From here it’s just another quick walk down to the beach, where you can spend the next couple of minutes just wandering over the sand or swimming in the water with your stinger suit.
It’s a worthwhile little adventure. If you are not yet convinced, check out the photos below (I think I went a little bit overboard with the photos but I think you will soon see why).