Brinkley Davies, A Seaplane, Whitsundays and Summersite
We forget how stunning our backyard is and the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef is on top of the world for raw natural beauty. Flying into the Whitsundays is totally surreal. You can see almost all of the 74 archipelagos that make up the islands, the water is so clear and you can see all these little hidden gems of beaches. Water baby and marine biologist Brinkley Davies joined us for our Summersite Whitsunday Odyssey to dive the Barrier Reef and explore these "hidden gems” throughout the Whitsundays.
Over a few days we dived the Barrier Reef, took a seaplane out to Heart Reef and Whitehaven beach and then jumped on our own catamaran to sail through and explore the islands. Brinkley loved it and it was so great to hear her knowledge on what we were seeing in the water at the Barrier Reef and around the islands."Having snorkelled the fringing reefs of the Whitsundays before I have always wanted to head out to the Great Barrier outer reef. After hearing about it for years and helping out where I can to promote protecting it, I was really excited to see it for myself.”
We scuba dived the wall along Hardy Reef and saw lots of marine life including a Green Sea Turtle, Hump head Wrasse, Angel fish, Giant Trevally, and a couple of sneak Nudibranchs. We also visited the reef pontoon where we free-dived and found a giant clam and some beautiful anemones - this was my favourite part of the reef that day." "The Sea Plane to Whitehaven Beach and Heart Reef might have been the coolest thing I have ever done . . .
Seeing the Great Barrier Reef from this perspective is something that I wish everyone had the opportunity to do. It’s so unique in its formation and the colour palette that naturally glows everywhere you look is really indescribable. It was amazing to see Whitehaven and Hill Inlet from the sky, we spotted what I believed to be a Lemon Shark and some Cow Tailed Rays near the inlet. Landing the sea plane at heart reef was such a treat, the water was such a beautiful colour and we were even greeted by a friendly Manta Ray. An experience I will never forget!”