Ah the Whitsunday Islands, where the sand is silky white and the waters are so crystal clear you can see through to the underlying coral reef. I had the opportunity to snorkel in the waters and see a different part of the Great Barrier Reef, which is so large it even reaches these islands. The Whitsunday Islands are one of the most incredible destinations to be in while traveling Queensland and it is one of the most photographed places in Australia.
The group of magnificent islands attracts not only the avid traveler, but the elite and wealthy. Hamilton Island, within the group of islands, is the hot-spot of this exclusivity, showcasing its very own airport, golf club, and yacht club. Even Oprah has visited Hamilton Island before!
Of all the lovely beaches, the one that ruled them all has to be Whitehaven Beach. The remarkable swirls of ocean and sand is otherworldly and practically an international phenomenon. As a beach lover, I was filled with awe and humility to experience this view. The best part is that because the tides are always changing, the view looks different every single time.
The Whitsunday Islands were formed by a large volcanic eruption that occurred approximately one hundred million years ago. The unique sand is ninety-nine percent pure quartz and no longer reproduced by the ocean so it is extremely protected under government regulations. Therefore, visitors cannot take the sand, smoke, or bring pets.
Fun fact: You will never find a sea turtle around the beaches because the sand itself is so fine it cannot incubate their eggs properly.