The day we visited Whitehaven beach was probably one of the best ones I’ve ever had. There really isn’t anything I can say to describe Whitehaven, you just really need to go and see it for yourself.
Our boat captain set us free for a few hours to explore, but warned us against trying to walk all the way down the beach, because it’s seven kilometers to the end and lots of times people try it and miss their ride back.
The sand on the beach is exactly the consistency of brown sugar. I spent about ten minutes taking close up photos of the sand so I wouldn’t forget. It didn’t taste like brown sugar though. I’m assuming…I obviously didn’t lick it just to be sure.
We ate lunch at a little picnic area back in the trees, and it was really nice, except for the monitor lizards creeping around everywhere. They have been living there for so long, and seen so many people come through that they aren’t afraid anymore, and they will literally crawl over your feet hoping you’ll drop some food for them.
At least 3 times I turned around to find one directly behind me. Luckily I was too terrified of them to take a step backwards without checking first, otherwise I would definitely have lost a toe. It didn’t help that we had just been to Indonesia, and these little guys looked exactly like baby Komodo dragons.
There were also a few snakes around, one in particular would not be deflected and kept trying to crawl up the table legs while we were eating. The boys thought this was quite entertaining, but me and the other girl at the table were not very amused and ended up standing on top of our chairs to finish our meal.
After lunch we wandered off into the trees, there are a few different walking trails that take you to different places around the island. The one we followed was only about ten minutes of walking before we arrived at an amazing lookout point.
Eventually we tore ourselves away and went back down to the beach to walk as far as we could before it was time to go. We only had about 3 hours on Whitehaven beach, but I loved every second of it.
It’s kind of crazy that places that beautiful even exist in real life, and it’s even crazier to think that I got to see it for myself.