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The Best Way to Explore the Whitsundays

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The Whitsunday Islands embody the breath taking natural beauty of Australia, with desert island paradise credentials, which are off the scale. Located just off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays comprise 74 lush green islands situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and are almost entirely uninhabited. Sailing past their pristine, deserted shores can make you feel like Captain Cook himself and that sense of remoteness is just part of the appeal of the Whitsundays. The Great Barrier Reef is naturally a huge draw for travellers and the islands’ proximity to world class diving and snorkelling spots couldn’t be better. Colourful corals, shoals of tropical fish and larger species such as sharks and whales all make their home here and the Whitsundays are in the middle of it all.

Visiting the Whitsundays without compromising the health of the reef or impacting the delicate island environment can be tricky, but factors we should all be considering before booking a tour. That’s where Whitsunday Sailing Adventures and the SV Whitehaven comes in.  One of the best tour operators in the Whitsundays and the country, Whitsunday Sailing Adventures promises a unique, small group experience with eco conscious practices and a personal touch. There’s no wild parties on the Whitehaven but instead plenty of opportunities to snorkel and kayak the reef and learn more about the islands in an eco conscious way. Named after the Whitsundays famed Whitehaven beach, the 17.5m boat was designed specifically to sail the tropical seas in comfort and style. She has plenty of deck space for relaxing and sunbathing by day and stargazing by night, as well as a spacious area providing permanent shade from the sun and weather. The friendly crew are professional and knowledgeable about the reef and its inhabitants, as well as the islands’ rainforests and wildlife. Learning about what you’re looking at makes for a much richer experience.

The night skies out here are magical and fascinating star talks are held on deck so you can learn more about the constellations of the southern hemisphere. As the SV Whitehaven is a traditional sailing boat, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and hoist some sails yourself and learn more about traditional sailing practices. On board sea kayaks mean you can explore the reef from above whenever you choose and learn more about what you see from one of the experienced guides. Their tours are officially eco certified so you can relax knowing you and your guides will be having a minimal impact on the islands and its ecosystem as you sail and explore.

So whether you just want to relax on board and take in the scenery, snorkel and kayak, hike and learn more about the Whitsundays’ unique eco system and wildlife, Whitsundays Sailing Adventures will give you an eco conscious, small group experience that you’ll remember for a life time. What are you waiting for? Book today! And if you are looking to book both your Whitsundays and Fraser Island tour get a discount on tours booked through us!

Explore these beautiful islands with the best crew around.

 

5 ways to travel more sustainably in Australia

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With more and more of us getting out there and exploring every corner of the planet, more often and travelling further and further away from home, it’s now more important than ever to consider our impact on the environment. Back in the days of the single two-week package holiday a year, the global environmental impact was pretty minimal and localised. But today far flung travel, especially to remote corners of the globe like Australia, is an almost universal right of passage. It’s about adventure and experiences and creating incredible memories, but when you’re out there having your jaw dropped at every turn, the environmental impact of just being there is often far from our minds. But planning a trip with a more eco conscious approach pays dividends down the line. Smart decisions on how to travel from A to B, where to stay and how to make more sustainable choices in general benefits not only the planet for now, but for future generations of travellers.  And it’s pretty damn easy to be honest.

Share the ride

Need to get across the Nullabor Plain or from Melbourne over to Sydney? The next time you’re planning a trip, truly consider your options. Travelling with other like-minded travellers cuts back on the amount of cars on the road, the cost and your impact on the planet. Consider joining a group tour or just ask around and see who’s going in the same direction. Flying may be quick, but it means missing out on all that good stuff in between. And it’s the places you find along the journey that are often the most memorable. Grab a bus ticket rather than a plane ticket, or hire a car and cram it with new mates. Avoid the skies and the planet will thank you.

Bike it

If there’s one piece of kit that will keep on giving in terms of eco kudos, it’s the humble bike. Dirt cheap, readily available and by far the best way to explore a new place on your own terms, bikes have zero environmental impact and are good for your health too. Download the local city bike rental app or just rent one locally. Getting around by bike is one of the best choices you can make.

Watch your water

Often overlooked but one of the biggest environmental concerns around is water waste. Invest in a cheap shower timer and limit your shower to 3 minutes – yes, it’s possible! Only wash clothes when they’re truly dirty and save the baths for sub zero temperatures only.

Stay sustainably

Choose locally run, independent guesthouses and hostels. This not only supports local communities but the more simple a place is, the less impact you’ll be having on the planet. A fan cooled room is a more eco conscious choice than an air conditioned one, and nothing beats the personal touch of a local guesthouse.

Travel with reusables

Endless plastic water bottles are clogging up the ocean, literally. Bring your own water bottle with you and refill it whenever you can. Put shampoo, shower gel and any other liquids into reusable bottles and choose environmentally friendly washing powder when it comes to laundry.

Little changes make a big difference. It’s simple and so true! Want to travel in a more sustainable way? Chat to the eco conscious folks over at Bare Travels for some impartial advice on the best eco tours around.