September 23, 2017

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays

If I were a mobile phone, I’d swear I’ve just had an upgrade!!! Maybe I’m just done with the pithy excuses, maybe all that drama knocked it out of me earlier this year and the ‘old Anna’ has been replaced. These days I’m all about chasing those moments that make life worth living, trying new things, conquering my inner scaredy cat and pushing a few boundaries. RIGHT ONNNN!

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Too many affirmatory statements to choose from. Life is very…YES!!! 💯

My adventures of late have been all about exploring my own backyard (The incredible Whitsundays), one of the world’s most-buzzed-about travel destinations with its postcard-perfect beaches, turquoise waters and lush, diverse landscape and gorgeous gardens that surround the path that take you right to the beach.


Never thought I’d find myself saying this, but I have fallen in love with nature! In particular, the ocean and this tropical paradise.  This place appears to be teeming with life with amazing coral sponges, rays, dolphins, sea turtles and giant clams that mix it up with a breeding area for humpback whales visiting from the Antarctic in late winter and early spring.

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

With over 1,500 species of fish, the Great Barrier Reef is a snorkeler and diver’s paradise! What kind of tropical fish have you seen or would love to see when visiting the Great Barrier Reef? 🐠 🐟 🐡

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

You never know what locals you might meet when you’re cruising through the Whitsundays!

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Did you know that 10% of the worlds total fish species can be found just within the Great Barrier Reef? 🐠 🐟 🐡

Living in a city for way too long, I never really thought about birdlife, but there are tons of birds here too, over 200 types in fact, on the downside there are frogs, lizards and creepy bats and snakes that I prefer to stay in denial over. Yep, it’s a regular Garden of Eden here.

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Marine life is not the only wildlife you may encounter touring through the Whitsunday Islands!

With only a couple of days a week free to explore, I’ve been focusing on seeing as much as I can as quickly as possible. This week I taste tested a day trip on Thundercat Whitsundays with Red Cat Adventures, and made my third visit to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet with snorkelling stops at Mantaray and Butterfly Bay. I doubt these stops will ever get old for me and standing on Betty’s Beach…… PHEOWW! It is absolutely breathtaking and my idea of perfection.

My day with Thundercat Whitsundays ranked ‘way above expectation’ and I’ll absolutely do it again. The sun shone as we zoomed out to remote spots and snorkelled in the clean crystal waters.

Mick and Cam, both fun and super accommodating locals were Thundercat Whitsundays crew that day, and as this wasn’t my first trip on one of these cool high-powered rafts, I chose to plug my music in and doze in the sunshine on the way out. Bliss! Sidenote…. the vessel has been designed and built for stability and speed so it’s perfect for passengers who are concerned about seasickness.

One of the highlights of this trip was our tour guide and my friend Cam, who I’d first met on another tour. He generously shared his own philosophy about the environment around us, along with interesting stories of his life growing up in the Whitsundays. For me, having an intelligent, fun and passionate tour guide with LOADS of local knowledge and experience of the area TOTALLY made the day shine all the brighter.

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Awesome vibes and amazing tides at the hill-inlet at Whitehaven Beach!

I opted to spend one of the snorkel stops in the boat with Cam viewing the coral through a view finder, before I knew what was happening, he had pushed his fancy sunnies (sun glasses) onto my face so I could see into the water better, plonked his hat on my head and jumped in to the ocean, swimming around till he found a giant clam to show us.

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away! 😍 💙

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Medicine heals the body, ocean heals the soul 💙

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

What’s not to love about having one of the seven natural wonders of the world in your backyard?

Lunch was an amazing selection of sandwich fillings, zucchini frittata, quiche lorraine and salads, the most delicious brownies I’ve ever eaten for morning tea and fruit skewers for afternoon tea. Thundercat Whitsundays have designed a menu to suit most dietary requirements, however if you want to bring extra food and drink, there is an eski on the boat.

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Lunch at Whitehaven is what WINNING at life looks like! 🏆

A Tip-Top Tour with Thundercat Whitsundays. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

A simple sambo served at sea is the ducks nuts, the bees knees, the whales tail, the deers ears… you get it right, totally delicious.

Just being out on the water zooming across the ocean at impressive speeds on Thundercat Whitsundays  in the sunshine with the beautiful islands flitting past is a treat I recommend everyone experience.

So, tell me dear reader, do tour guides influence your day when on tours?

shenANNAgans was a guest of Thundercat Whitsundays but all opinions remain her own. 

Price: $179.00 per person.
Included:  Free use of snorkelling equipment. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Stinger suit hire and wetsuit hire (winter months only). Parks fees and fuel levy.
Pickup:
 From/to Airlie Beach accommodation. Special pickup locations can be arranged.
Phone: 0457 332 287
Web: http://redcatadventures.com.au/product/thundercat-1-day-whitsundays-trip
Email: info@redcatadventures.com.au

Anna

shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Jenna - October 4, 2017 Reply

Tour guides can make such a huge difference in your experience! Sounds like you found some great guides! And what an amazing area to have in your backyard–glad you are able to get out and explore it more! Whitsundays looks amazing and the color of that water is surreal!

Dave Briggs - October 4, 2017 Reply

If I lived somewhere as beautiful as the Whitsundays, I think I would spend a lot of time exploring there as well! I loved the colour of that water, and the fish – wow! I could spend forever snorkelling there!

    Anna - October 4, 2017 Reply

    Dave… I hear you there about the amazing Whitsundays. I may never leave as I’m so in love with the place too. I get to work at a place that overlooks the Coral Sea and I never get tired of the colour of the water either.

Jem @ Lost in Utensils - October 2, 2017 Reply

Looks amazing Anna! Glad you are having such fun after a difficult year and exploring your own beautiful backyard.

    Anna - October 3, 2017 Reply

    Thanks so much Jem, it is wonderful that I am able to go on incredible tours like Thundercat, crazy the way life kind of pans out huh?

Sreekar - October 1, 2017 Reply

Missed the Whitsundays on my last trip down under. The pics make me regret just that! I was advised a sailing trip across a few islands with a few diving days. Will surely make it to Queensland on my next trip!

    Anna - October 2, 2017 Reply

    Oh yes, do come back to Queensland Sreekar, and a sailing trip around the islands with lots of diving days sounds fabulous. Get in touch with me when your planning your stay, I’m sure to have all the best tips and tours you absolutely must go on.

Tim UrbanDuniya - September 30, 2017 Reply

Lovelyyyyyyy! Those blues in the water are warming my chilly Melbourne day all the way down here! Sooo happy for you.. and a little bit jealous 😉

    Anna - September 30, 2017 Reply

    A cheeky trip up to the Whitsundays is in order I think buddy, can’t have you chilled to the bone in Melbourne a day longer. Always welcome buddy.

Sue - September 30, 2017 Reply

What a paradise you live in Anna! A fabulous guide can make a day so much more enjoyable. Besides the astounding nature it looks like q
a seriously delicious tour as well!

Liz (Good Things) - September 29, 2017 Reply

So happy to see you enjoying yourself in paradise! Enjoy gal, you deserve nothing less. x

Amanda - September 29, 2017 Reply

I totally love that you’re exploring your own back yard. Especially as you are taking me with you!
And yes – a communicative, well informed and fun tour guide makes all the difference!

    Anna - September 29, 2017 Reply

    It’s wonderful and magical and I just feel so very blessed that I am able to explore my backyard. Thanks for coming along Amanda. 🙂

Meagan - September 28, 2017 Reply

YES! Tour guides make or break a destination for us. In Iceland, our first excursion tour guide was AMAZING – he had the inside track on everything (or at least make us feel like he did) and was hilarious, to boot. Our second excursion guide – eh, he just wanted to stay in the van (not that I totally blame him, cause it was cold!). I totally feel you on your whole experience.

    Anna - September 28, 2017 Reply

    A great tour guide totally can make the experience huh? Cam absolutely made the experience, his jokes were fun and his knowledge was presented in an approachable way. It was GREAY! Very cool you scored on your Iceland tour, sounds fun! Your second guide seems a bit um… lame, the cold shouldnt be a reason not to do his job.

Jennifer - September 27, 2017 Reply

The Whitsundays look so gorgeous! Can you also dive there? Also, most importantly: are there jellyfish? Jellyfish freak me out and Australia has those darn box jellyfish that can kill you. It’s the thing that keeps me from planning a trip on the Great Barrier Reef. Sharks? No problem. Jellyfish will send me in to a panic attack though.

    Anna - September 28, 2017 Reply

    You absolutely can dive here, some of the best diving in the world in these parts.
    Haha… jellyfish freak me out too, and yes to them being here. It isnt stinger season at the minute tho, so perhaps if you come in the winter months, you’ll be fine to enjoy all that the Whitsundays have to offer.

Karla - September 27, 2017 Reply

I tried this tour and I lovedi it. it was a tadbit too rainy though when we went so our under water photos don’t look like this. Now I want to go back. This place is amazing

    Anna - September 28, 2017 Reply

    That’s soooooo cool Karla, great to hear you had a great day like I did. 🙂
    Gurl, I say you should get on another visit here, cause it is AMAZING!

Archana Singh - September 27, 2017 Reply

The Whitsundays seems like a great place. The water around Whitsunday looks so inviting, and your undersea pictures are so clear. I would love to go under the water and get those views.

    Anna - September 28, 2017 Reply

    Well Archana, I reckon a visit to the Whitsundays is exactly what you need to do so you can see all the amazing that lies under the sea. 🙂

Ami - September 27, 2017 Reply

Those underwater images are insane. I know I would go crazy here and possibly get tanned and wrinkled by staying all day in water just to discover this all. Stunning and superb. I so would love to visit.

mjskitchen - September 27, 2017 Reply

You are so much fun!! This post wants me to sell my house in the high desert and move to the ocean where I can find crystal clear water and lots of snorkeling opportunities.

    Anna - September 28, 2017 Reply

    Hahaha… sell your house in the desert and move to the ocean, can it be move to the ocean in the Whitsundays in Australia? PLEASE! 🙂

Sandy N Vyjay - September 27, 2017 Reply

You are so right, many a times we overlook the gems in our own backyard as we set our sights on faraway shores. Whitsunday is truly a gem. Being a nature lover, I was enthralled by the place brought alive so beautifully in your pictures. Hope to set eyes on this gorgeous place some day.

    Anna - September 28, 2017 Reply

    I hope you set your eyes on all the wonderful in the Whitsundays, I could be bias, but I reckon it is one of the most magical places on the planet. 🙂

Elisa - September 27, 2017 Reply

Not all the people can say to have the whitsundays as backyard! So glad that you are exploring and enjoying this beautiful area and all it has to offer. I am not a bird lover so probably I would choose some under water tour with thundercat

    Anna - September 28, 2017 Reply

    I know right, I am very lucky to call this part of the world home. 🙂
    Get on a tour with Thundercat for sure, you’ll have an amazing time!

Suruchi - September 27, 2017 Reply

You are right oceans heal the soul. They are so beautiful, colorful and vast. Your article has increased my urge to visit one soon. Bookmarking this one, as it has already won my heart. Loved your pictures.

    Anna - September 27, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Suruchi, it’s a wonderful thing to have a place to retreat to that brings such joy and healing isn’t it.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - September 26, 2017 Reply

This takes me back to being at the Great Barrier Reef! It all looks amazing. We never do guided tours so we rely on ourselves to come up with ideas of what to do 🙂

Drew - September 26, 2017 Reply

Wow, what a awesome tour. The water around Whitsunday looks so inviting, I can see why you have become obsessed. Love tours like Thundercats Whitsunday are the way to go for a fun day out with a guide. You usually learn a lot more and see things you never would have otherwise. Also, it is always good to have someone bring a nice lunch spread!

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    It really, really was an awesome tour, actually one of the BEST days I have had in forever. 🙂 I came away with so much knowledge about the wild and marine life in the area. And YES… lunch was delicious.

Adelina - September 26, 2017 Reply

I can see why you’ve fallen in love with the nature there. It’s stunning! You’d have to really try to not love it. Sounds like you had a great day enjoying it too.

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    It is very special Adelina, and I feel pretty blessed to call this part of the world home. Had a flippin fantastic day and cant wait to go again. 🙂

Victoria - September 26, 2017 Reply

These photos are so dreamy! I’ve never been to this part of the world but I could see doing a photoshoot or even good underwater photos here too’

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Victoria, I am so pleased you enjoyed the photos.
    Get on a visit asap so you can have your underwater photo shoot.

Carola - September 26, 2017 Reply

The guide sure makes or breaks a tour. Personally, I’ve had a bunch of terrible experiences with guides. So, despite the wonderful ones I’ve also had I prefer going on excursions on my own. Now I don’t know whether that’s possible with the Whitsundays.

Happy continued travels!
C

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    Oh noooo, that’s terrible you’ve had bad experiences with tour guides in the past. I can guarantee that if you go on Thundercat or any of the Red Cat Adventures you’ll be looked after and have an amazing time.

Kate - September 26, 2017 Reply

I love that you fell in love with nature! Its good to hear. Your backyard is way better then mine 🙂 The Great Barrier Reef? I’d love to snorkel there, so many fish!

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    Me too Kate, it’s been a really lovely thing to find enjoyment in nature, and having such a fantastic place to enjoy it, SO COOL!

Travel with Mei and Kerstin - September 26, 2017 Reply

Wow! The water is so clean and turquoise! We’ve heard so much about the Great Barrier Reef, but never visited since we’re not really underwater diving or snorkeling fans. But maybe someday we’ll get to go to Whitsundays.

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    Not an water person, then I absolutely can recommend you take a flight over the islands and outer reef. It is magnificent. We’ve got something for everyone here in the Whitsundays. 🙂

Mia - September 26, 2017 Reply

How can you not fall in love with nature when it’s an ocean and tropical paradise?! That’s my favorite kind of nature. I’m not much into hiking and things like that but give me the ocean and I’m a happy girl. Whitsundays is pretty cool!

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    Awh yeah Mia, couldn’t agree with you more. 🙂 Reckon you would absolutely love this part of the world then, we are all about the ocean here.

Jose Harvey - September 26, 2017 Reply

Your backyard is not like my backyard, haha. The area looks stunning! How lucky are you to call such an incredible place home!? I really would love to experience Whitesands!

Karina - September 26, 2017 Reply

Your photos are absolutely stunning! I love how you’re “exploring your own backyard.” I’m not from Australia, but I do tend to forget that the US (my backyard) has so much to offer as well. Sometimes, exploring what you have easier access to leads you discover the beauty of what you have! Love this post so much 🙂 I’ll definitely have to look into Whitsundays if I’m ever in Australia (plan on it!) Bookmarked this for future ref!

Anu - September 26, 2017 Reply

We are a big sucker for birding trips. You show us the birds and butterflies and we would be running after them. Good to discover a new birding destination through your blog.

BTW, those underwater images are gorgeous.

Jen Joslin - September 26, 2017 Reply

A great tour guide can absolutely make a tour better! Sounds like you had an amazing day out with Thundercat. I can’t get over how freaking gorgeous the Whitsundays look. Is that real life?! We’ve got to get down there!

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    AMAZING day had with Thundercat, I seriously cannot wait to go back out with them again. 🙂 Yep… the pictures are fantastic, but it’s even better in real life. You do need to get down for a visit STAT!!!

Divyakshi Gupta - September 26, 2017 Reply

Your happiness post the trip is infectious and I am smiling as I read through your post and oh boy! what surreal beauty this is! 🙂 so glad you had local expertise and they showed you the best marine life! <3 Love the pics!! snorkelling in the great barrier reef!! That is a dream 🙂 exploring your backyard gives a joy like none other! AND I AM SO JEALOUS to see this as your backyard 🙂 hehe

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    Oh yay, thanks so much Divyakshi, I appreciate you finding joy in my post. 🙂
    Yes, I sure do live in paradise and am incredibly blessed I get to play in all this magic. Thundercat was an awesome tour, Cam is a wonderful tour guide.
    Hope you get to tick that dream to snorkel in the GBR some time soon.

Simon - September 25, 2017 Reply

What’s wrong with frogs and lizards? Fantastic creatures! Haha… my own Whitsundays experience involved 3 days of driving rain, violent seas, and everybody puking over the sides… yours sounds rather better!

    Anna - September 26, 2017 Reply

    Haha… frogs and small lizards I can do-ish. I just don’t dig the way they appear out of nowhere. But… I am getting better. LOL!
    Oh dear, that’s an awful shame you had such terrible weather when you were here last, sounds like you need to rebook and do it again without the rain. 🙂

Shweta - September 25, 2017 Reply

Sounds like a great tour Anna. I would love to experience diving at the Great barrier reef someday. I went to the Andamans last year for my Open Water diving course, and snorkelling / diving at the Great Barrier is any diver’s dream. So agree with you that ocean heals the soul.

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    It was fantastic Shweta, one of the most fun days Ive had since being in the area.
    Hope you do get to visit the reef and dive, it is spectacular. One of the operators in the area offers a tour called Reef Sleep, you sleep out on the reef, can go diving and you dont have to battle it out with 100’s of other tourists. I reckon you’d love it. 🙂

Megan Jerrard - September 25, 2017 Reply

In exploring your backyard, you have a pretty epic one to explore!! My cousin just got back from a trip to the WhitSundays and she also took day trip on Thundercat Whitsundays with Red Cat Adventures – said it was the most incredible day of her life. You can’t beat being out on the water on a sunny day in the WHitSundays, and obviously Whitehaven Beach is one of the most magical spots on the planet! $179.00 is really reasonable for the day. So glad you had a fabulous time!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    That’s soooo cool your cousin went with Thundercat, you’ll have to ask her if Cam was the tour guide that day. Hope so! 🙂
    Yep, being out on the water with tropical islands and sparkling aqua waters as your backdrop is pretty spectacular. And I couldnt agree more re Whitehaven, its next level special.

carla - September 25, 2017 Reply

cool tour! Sounds like a fare price too if it includes everything you have listed. Would love to do this soon but first I need to land in Australia! Hopefully I can plan soon.

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    VERY cool tour Carla, and great value for money too. If you do make it up this way, I very much recommend you take a tour with Red Cat Adventures, I sure had a blast. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - September 25, 2017 Reply

For me guide can make or break a tour!! I’ve had great guides and I’ve had terrible guides and the great ones really enthrall and read a group well. Love your photos-especially the underwater ones and the one of you on the tree trunk!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Agree totally Lorraine, a tour guide absolutely has the power to make or break a tour. So much would have been missed if Cam wasnt the guide, I wouldnt have seen the butterflies or learned about the different types of fishies, the clam or how to get to the secret beaches. Glad you enjoyed my pics too. xxx

Kate - September 25, 2017 Reply

That’s some backyard! What an amazing place to live nearby. Your underwater photos are absolutely stunning! I definitely need to visit!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    It is a pretty spectacular backyard, I find myself often being super grateful to live in this part of the world.
    Couldnt agree more, you definitely need to visit, and soon. 🙂

Debra Schroeder - September 25, 2017 Reply

Looking forward to visiting the WhitSundays someday. Loving that giant piece of driftwood. Great photo opp!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Hola when you do get here Debra, happy to play tour guide and or point you in the right direction of an excellent tour guide. 🙂 And yes, that tree/driftwood is very cool. Had a lot of fun climbing on it for that perfect photo.

Lydia Smith - September 25, 2017 Reply

The underwater views is just better with Australian water. Wildlife is something for another day. I’ve been craving Austalia lately and I think it can’t get better with a tour with Thundercat.

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Yep, Australia really is the lucky country, we’ve got a heck of a lot going for us. Hope you do get on a tour with Thundercat if you are in the area, it certainly is a RAD way to take in such a beautiful part of the world. 🙂

Brianna - September 25, 2017 Reply

The right tour guide can make or break a tour. The Whitsundays can turn anyone into a nature lover.

Julie - September 25, 2017 Reply

The WhitSundays just moved way up my list!! And yes, tour guides can totally make or break a tour. One whose passion is obvious wins me over every time! And wow what a lunch spread…looks like such a beautiful destination and an amazing tour!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    That’s wonderful to hear Julie, I do hope you make it to the Whitsundays some time soon. I can attest to the areas awesomeness! Everything about the tour was amazing, I seriously cant wait to go out with them again. 🙂

Emma McKay - September 25, 2017 Reply

Woah Whitehaven is literally what my perfect beach dreams are made of. More and more you’ve got me wanting to visit the Whitsundays. Probably my number one on the list for Austtralia

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    WAWHOOOO… get on a visit gurl! 🙂 You think the photos are good, wait till you see it in real life. #mindblowing

Carol - September 25, 2017 Reply

Love everything about this post – the photos, the quotes, the food!

The ocean does heal the soul <3

PS Pass me those brownies!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    This little piggy had 3 serves of brownie, so nope, sorry, cant pass you any brownie. LOL! 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed my post Carol. xxx

Marcelle - September 24, 2017 Reply

Hey! I need an upgrade, too! I like that day trip on Thundercat Whitsundays with Red Cat Adventures. Maybe it works for me also!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Get on a trip to the Whitsundays for that upgrade Marcelle, seemed to be just the reboot I needed, pretty sure it’d work wonders for you too. 🙂

Eric Gamble - September 24, 2017 Reply

Life is….Yeah!! That and chocolate brownies!!!
Haha, love your excitement, I haven’t been to OZ yet but snorkeling the great barrier reef at Whitsunday is definitely on my bucket list! What a great adventure and way to reconnect with nature

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Eric, glad you enjoyed my post and well… enthusiasm and excitement for life. 🙂
    Get on a visit to the area my friend, its a fun one to tick off the bucket list.

Simon - September 24, 2017 Reply

I love nature. Being from the Caribbean you can’t help love the ocean as well, so I definitely understand your new found love for nature. The Whitsundays seems like the ideal place to fall in love with the ocean and the crew at Thundercat seems like the right people to guide you around.

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    The ocean and nature kinda do go hand in hand huh? And having friends like Cam and being able to go on tours like Thundercat, make the adventure all the better. 🙂

Indrani - September 24, 2017 Reply

I usually prefer self planned self guided tours, but then with snorkeling it isn’t possible. This tour package looks like a good one. I hope to get there someday soon.

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Thundercat kind of offered that perfect mix of guided and alone time, we were taken to some of the best places, given a cheeky run down of our boundaries and left to enjoy. We could engage as much as we wanted. It was great. 🙂

Mandy - September 24, 2017 Reply

All jokes aside now, would seriously seriously love to come and visit. Your posts lately have made me miss living in Mauritius SO MUCH!
Have a glorious and happy week sweet Anna.
🙂 Mandy xoxo

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Well my beautiful friend, if you and your Pete want to come and visit, we have a spare bedroom with your name on it. I would LOVE to share my world with you, it would be a highlight and massive tick for the bucket list. 🙂
    Sending you giant hugs and love. xox

Hannah - September 24, 2017 Reply

I’ve heard about the beauty of the Whitsundays – but these photos prove it! I must visit next time I’m in Australia. I laughed at the term Eski – I’m a kiwi, so use the word ‘chilly bin’ instead, but I love the word Eski – so funny!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Teehee…. I bung on my best kiwi accent and call my esky a chilly bin from time to time. Eski is a weird word. Haha! 🙂

Anna Faustino - September 24, 2017 Reply

Oh man! I’ve been dying to go to Whitsundays.. Every photo I see is so picturesque and beautiful! Glad to know it is as stunning in person as it is in photos!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Anna, the pictures dont do justice to the magnificent and magical place that it is. You must come for a visit and see it in person. 🙂

Cindy Collins - September 24, 2017 Reply

This tour looks amazing. I am dying to go back to the Whitsundays one day. Last time I was there was 15 years ago and it was a very overcast day so none of my photos look like yours!

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    It is a pretty amazing tour, I’d totally recommend you get on it too. 🙂
    Bummer it was overcast when you last visited, it’s kinda rare to have those days tho, so that’s real unlucky.
    Fingers crossed you come for a visit again soon. xx

Gokul Raj - September 24, 2017 Reply

I am always in for beaches with turquoise waters. They looks so stunning. The underwater pics are really stunning esp the one with the school of fish.

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Yeah, the fish were amazing. Cam threw some fish food right by my face, it was pretty incredible to have them swimming right by my snorkel.

Himanshu - September 24, 2017 Reply

It looks like a beautiful tropical island. And your article has really created a real bus around this must explore destination. Have bookmarked.

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Hopefully you’ve bookmarked with an URGENT stamp on in, get on a visit Himanshu. It’s magical and you dont just get one tropical island, you get to visit a handful of them. 🙂

Victoria - September 24, 2017 Reply

This looks like a fantastic tour and place to visit! Your Instagram photos are so dreamy!

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    It is a flippin fantastic tour, one I very highly recommend to folk in the area for only a short time. I had a blast (obviously – haha!) And thank you, thank you so much for your kind comment on my insta pics. xxx

Amanda Kendle - September 24, 2017 Reply

You had me at the brownies!!!
I haven’t been to the Whitsundays since I was a kid (it’s kinda far from Perth!) but some day I’ll definitely get there again. Looks amazing.

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    HAHAHA… they had me at brownies too. 🙂 The best bit was the caterers packed extra brownie that day, so we got seconds and thirds *oink-oink 🙂
    It is kinda far to come visit, but I still think ya should.

Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie - September 24, 2017 Reply

The Whitsundays are definitely a top buzzed-about destination. I’d love to snorkel there! The fish and the underwear world look spectacular. It’s always great to have a knowledgeable tour guide, too. Someone who can explain things about the area and who knows where the best spots are. Looks like a spectacular way to spend the day and yes a brownie a day does keep the frownie away! Lol. Love that!

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    EVERYTHING about this day was magic for me, I felt incredibly special and lucky I was able to experience such an awesome part of the world through the eyes of the tour guide. 🙂 And Im totally right about the brownie, huh?!

Pedro - September 24, 2017 Reply

Wow! I’m now really jealous… summer has now officially ended in the northern hemisphere and I’m complaining about the weather. Then, I see your post and that you consider the Whitsundays your backyard. Now THAT’s a way to make me even more jealous! 🙂

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Haha… you could do what I did Pedro and pack up your life and move to the tropics, then you will never ever again complain about the cold of winter. Haha! 🙂

Mel and Marcus - September 24, 2017 Reply

Seeing more and more of Australia and we are very tempted. We did visit a very long time ago but didn’t spend enough time on the Queensland coast. The Whitsundays look a perfect escape from our upcoming Welsh winter.

    Anna - September 25, 2017 Reply

    Ahhhhh YES, I’d be booking my ticket down under stat, a Welsh winter would kill this summer loving lady! 🙂

Carol Perehudoff - September 24, 2017 Reply

It really does sound like a Garden of Eden and I’m glad you’ve fallen in love with nature. Living in a big city I crave it all the time, so I can just imagine how fun it would be to explore such a beautiful area as Whitsundays. Just all the fish and bird species alone are enough to keep your interest.

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    Don’t get me wrong, living in the city had a lot of advantages, but not sure I’ll be able to go back after experiencing this part of the world. Having access to so much wild and marine life, will take a very time to see it all. Good problem to have huh?

Guy Crotty - September 24, 2017 Reply

While this is an awesome article about an awesome place I think my favourite part of it is your use of ‘sambo’. Surely this is a little Aussie gem which is used far too little! Ha Ha, loved it. Know what you mean about getting more into nature and wildlife these days. As my wife and I get older we’re exactly the same.

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    Hahaha… since I have lived in this neck of the woods, I have found myself cracking out the Aussie-isms like there is no tomorrow. I actually greeted a customer with ‘GDay Mate’ the other day. Haha. Seems to go down a real treat tho, the international guests love it. Glad you as a fellow Aussie can get behind it too.

Vaisakhi Mishra - September 24, 2017 Reply

No wonder you have been so occupied with exploring your backyard. Whitsunday Islands are nothing short of a paradise on earth! The turquoise waters literally took my breath away 😀

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    Yep, feeling pretty blessed that I get to call this little tropical paradise home and even more that my weekends are filled with adventures at the islands. Squealing with excitement and snorkelling dont work real well together, choked myself up a number of times in my excitement at swimming amongst alllllllll that beautiful. 🙂

KIM - September 24, 2017 Reply

Anna! You never fail to take such instagram-worthy posts!

Fiona Maclean - September 24, 2017 Reply

I think a good tour guide makes or breaks a tour. No matter how fantastic the location if you happen to be with a guide, that person can put a downer on something wonderful – and can help you see the beauty of something you’ve never noticed before. I love your enthusiasm and can see this trip was quite fab!

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    Absolutely Fiona, I have been very lucky to score such incredible tour guides since being up here in the Whitsundays, they really have made the day incredible. Having a guide point out the bush with butterflies all over it, I would never have spotted that. 🙂 YEAS… the tour was amazing, wish I could go out again this weekend. Lol! 🙂

Carolina Colborn - September 23, 2017 Reply

Never heard oWhitsunday! Looks and sounds like an awesome destination, however routine for you. Thundercats must be the way to go!

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    Aint nothin’ routine about the Whitsundays for me Carolina, the day living in this magical paradise becomes old, is the day I need to get my head checked. Haha! And yes… Thundercat Whitsundays are ABSOLUTELY the way to go. 🙂

Anne Slater-Brooks - September 23, 2017 Reply

I’m so envious that you live in this part of australia. Even though it is 15 years since I visited, and I have probably visited another 50 countries since, I have yet to find a beach that comes close (there was one in Brazil which tempted me) to stealing my crown for best beach in the world. Whitehaven is truly sublime

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    This makes me soooooo dang happy Anne, it makes my heart happy knowing that you’ve seen sooooooooo much of the world, yet my little piece of paradise is up there with the most loved. Hope you come back for a visit soon. 🙂

Marion Halliday - September 23, 2017 Reply

Yep, nature kind of sneaks up on you but once you’re hooked, you’re HOOKED! I’m generally not a big fan of tours, but I’ll make an exception when it’s the best – or only – way to see what you’ve gotta see. A great tour guide makes all the difference – an actual personality goes a long way to make the day memorable AND draw repeat or word-of-mouth business! I’d def do something like this next time I visit the Whitsundays – I’ve been boom netting way back in the dim distant past, so now it’s time for MY upgrade!

    Anna - September 24, 2017 Reply

    Yep, my pal nature really has kinda snuck up on me, I cant imagine why past Anna didnt dig it as much as present Anna does. 🙂 Couldnt agree more re the tour guide, a great one ABSOLUTELY can make the experience. I havent stopped talking about Thundercat Whitsundays since, and have suggested to many of the guests who stay at the resort I work at, they get out on the tour too. Have a blast with your upgrade, I look forward to hearing all about it. 🙂

Mabel Kwong - September 23, 2017 Reply

The more I see of the Whitsundays through your words and photos, the more I feel I need to see it! This tour sounded like such a great one for you, taking you where you wanted to go and with great sunshine food too 🙂 Those are some amazing underwater photos from the tour. They really go to show that the water is crystal clear underneath, as beautiful as it is on the top.

Generally I prefer to travel alone rather than go on a tour. But if it’s a half-day tour, that is something I’ll definitely think about because some places you just need a guide to take you . and show you around all the adventure, and make sure you get back and forth safely. Hope you explore your neck of the woods even more, big sis! Looking like a treat where you are. Big hugs <3

    Anna - September 23, 2017 Reply

    Yes Miss Mabel, the Whitsundays are absolutely a part of the world you need to see, but mostly because I am here and I want to see you. 🙂
    Everything about this part of the world agrees with me (except the mozzies and stingers), seeing the marine life in the sparkling crystal clear waters… AMAZING!!!
    Yep, I hear you re touring, a tour guide can really make or break the experience. Often just chatting with the locals is enough to get you on your way.
    Thanks for always adventuring with me lil sis. All my love and hugs headed your way. xxx

Danijela - September 23, 2017 Reply

Good for you, love your “upgrade”, don’t stop there! 😉 It’s so great when you come to feel that way, right! I know the feeling, had few “upgrades” myself during the years, hehehe.
And I have to say, your “backyard” looks so beautiful! Stunning pictures. I can so relate to falling in love with the ocean and the underwater world. Even though I’m nowhere near the tropical surroundings. Envious! 😀

    Anna - September 23, 2017 Reply

    Thank you Danijela, I couldn’t agree with you more re the upgrade, I feel so blessed and grateful that my days are filled with so much sunshine and happiness.
    Its very cool that you take the time to acknowledge your upgrades too. 🙂
    Hope you can come and visit us some time soon. xx

Rhonda Albom - September 23, 2017 Reply

We haven’t been to the Whitsundays before, but we would love to go. My lottery dream would be to hire and sail a yacht there. Ahh, so gorgeous.

    Anna - September 23, 2017 Reply

    Fingers crossed your lottery numbers come up and we can be welcoming you to the Whitsundays some time soon, cause I wouldn’t mind joining you on that yacht and sailing around the islands with you. 🙂

Rishabh & Nirali - September 23, 2017 Reply

Hadn’t heard of this place before but it looks super fun. Have bookmarked it for future reference!

    Anna - September 23, 2017 Reply

    The Whitsundays are magical Rishabh and Nirali, I do hope that one of these days you get to come and experience it all yourselves. 🙂

Gary Lum - September 23, 2017 Reply

I love the Whitsundays Anna. I’ve been twice, I need a third trip.

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