I was expecting quite a lot from this cruise. That is why I explicitly speficied when I booked by phone that I wanted to see Whitehaven Beach, the famous one on all the pictures, and the real Greet Barrier Reef and not some snorkelling near the coast. They told me there would be both of them. It ended up we DID NOT go and even SEE the SCENIC BEACH of Whitsundays. It was inconceivable as it seems to be the main attraction there. Indeed we went to Whitehaven Beach, but on the other side; it is a fantastic beach though, but we have only 30 minutes to enjoy there.
Then we went to Hook Island. The glassboat was RIDICULOUS. We did not see anything. To be honest I guess I have seen 4-5 fishes from the glass. Then we went snorkelling and indeed we see corals and fishes but IT WAS NOT THE REEF. We asked the crew and we got the answer "Yes, the reef is 30 miles far this way. But it is still the reeef here though"......NO it was not the reef. It was ok, nice to see some fishes but it was not very colorful neither varied as expected. Nothing special.
Finally we ended up at 3.30pm at DayDream Island, for two hours. A superficial, commercial hotel-island where we were probably supposed to buy souvenirs. Or to see the small wallabies that look like zombies, and everywhere on he grass as the staff of the hostel has spread food for them everywhere on the grass. Worse than in a zoo. There were a few manta rays in a pool and some sea-animals; indeed, we've seen barely some of them while snorkelling so we had to see some more on this horrible island. Everything was disgusting. It was the LONGEST ATTRACTION of the trip ! Deplorable.
TO sum up the trip was not at all what we expected. Indeed the food was unlimited on boat, and whitsundays are beautiful, but it was quite expensive for that. I felt like trapped. I expected two things from this trip (barrier reef, beautiful whitehaven beach, the side with the twisted beach) and I did not get any. Instead I was dropped on ones of the worst place I ever been on Earth, Daydream Island. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone. Stay away.
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