As the sun peeks through and ocean begins to glisten, we find ourselves daydreaming of a quick escape. Just a few days, maybe a week, to revel in the warmth and swim with the fishes. We asked two of our favourite Instagram influences for their #1 top destination for their spring break.
Paddle boarding, hiking & impromptu whale watching.
Whitesunday Islands, Queensland
What did you do at the Whitsundays: We basically just lived the life for six days and five nights on yachts! We were on a tour we called the Whitsundays Explorer Expedition organised by Entourage Tours basically taking 3 yachts full of people to scout the locations around the Whitsundays so we can return next year with 10 boats (120 pax). We setup long lunches on empty beaches, drank bubbles on Whitehaven beach, played on SUPs, stopped at numerous islands, soaked up the morning sun and enjoyed every flawless sunset. Oh and we saw Humpback Whales and everyone squealed. The trip was an expedition meaning that we were seeking the funnest adventures, scouting fun locations and learning all the meanwhile.
Whats the water like? Did you snorkel? The water was incredibly blue, so bright and perfect. I was beyond thrilled when I braced myself for the cold sting, yet I was welcomed by the warm ocean temps that engulf the Whitsunday islands.We snorkelled at a gorgeous spot called Cid Harbour and I saw some of the biggest fish I’ve ever encountered, slightly fearful that one might swallow me whole, that big. A new friend of mine, Alison, and I snorkelled around until the rest of the crew had already headed back to the yacht. Instead of taking the dinghy back to the yacht we thought we’d swim. Well, that was longer than we expected, but lucky for us the water temp was perfect, the rain clouds came over and we enjoyed a magical swim back to the yacht, accompanied by many colourful fish and deep blue seas.
“I even managed to hold a headstand on the paddleboard – fluke, talent or paddlesuit, we’ll never know.”
And you paddleboarded of course… I took the paddleboard out every day! The first day was a quick paddle from yacht to yacht to make sure I still had my balance after a slightly bumpy ride out to the islands. My next few days were full of chasing sunsets on the paddleboard, getting into some entertaining and challenging yoga sequences and paddling again from boat to boat. THE UPSIDE paddlesuit was such a genius item to pack!! Clearly, stoked on the print, because it’s absolutely gorgeous, but also the flexibility of the paddlesuit meant it was so easy for me to get into pretzel-like yoga positions. I even managed to hold a headstand on the paddleboard – fluke, talent or paddlesuit, we’ll never know. On the second-last day I found myself upstream searching for some turtles and it got a little chilly as the sun was fast-setting and the wind was blowing. Lucky I was upstream, so I laid down, a little more protected from the wind, and shut my eyes as I happily drifted down-stream back to the yacht. More so, I had the protection of my paddlesuit, what a win. I can’t wait to take it surfing, I already know its going to be perfect.
Is it important for you to stay active on your holidays? Staying active while travelling is easy, so long as you pack your activewear! I packed two pairs of THE UPSIDE tights and they got me comfortably and stylishly up to the Whitsunday peak to one of the most stunning views in Aus! Mid morning hikes partnered with yoga on the deck are not only the best way to feel fresh and stoked for the rest of the day, but also keep on-top of getting that body moving. Everyday we went swimming and jumping off whatever we could climb up, so keeping the adrenalin high was another form of exercise during the six days on the water. Back on mainland (Airlie beach) Jack and I found ourselves doing morning sprints, HIIT and some stretches pre-breakfast. No matter which country you are in, you can get out and exercise, take a long walk around the town, scout some stairs to sprint up, swim in the lake/ocean or maybe get a sweat on at a local outdoor gym. The plus is that it helps you find your bearings, meet new people and generally get a real view of their culture and way of life! I almost forgot to mention, on that yacht we danced on the boat most nights and THAT was some hard-CORE work, pun totally intended.
Why should we go to the Whitsundays? Everyone should get to the Whitsundays see the incredibly blue water, the copious colourful sunsets, the wide array of wild life and the bleached-white sand of Whitehaven beach!!! I cannot stress the beauty of this place enough. Every moment there is treasurable, from the crisp sunny mornings, the smooth sailing in the inlets and the silence of the starry nights.
Images by @JackDostine
Exploring the traditions, eating fresh food & yoga to unwind
Where did you go? I went to Bali with my friends and we stayed in Canggu.
What was your favourite thing about the trip? I went with a bunch of my girlfriends for my best friends wedding. What made the wedding so special was that it was a traditional Balinese wedding out in the village. This would have to be my favourite moment from the trip and most special! I also love all of the food and culture Bali has to offer!
Is it important for you to keep active on your holidays? I love staying active on holidays. Working out for me isn’t a chore it is something that I love to do. When I am away I slow down a little though, taking yoga classes or just doing yoga myself in the villa.
Whats your top tip for anyone travelling to Bali? EXPLORE!! Head out to Uluwatu or Bingin for the day or even stay the night – it’s a must! It is nice to get out of the hustle and bustle that Kuta or Seminyak offer. Don’t be afraid to live like a local there. The food is so fresh and there are some beautiful restaurants, but I do love the food you get from the local warungs.
Where will you be spending this summer? It’s hard to say. I spend a lot of time traveling for work so during summer I like to spend it in my home town of Cronulla (Sydney) or take a little road trip to Byron Bay or the Sunshine Coast, anywhere where I can find salt water! You’ll probably find me at the beach or riding my bike around.