Winter Wonderland - Chapter 3
I know this all sounds too good to be true but there's yet the icing on the cake, the beautiful Humpback whales!!!! These guys are the big reason why winter time is my favourite time of year. With the yearly breeding migration to Hervey Bay and Whitsundays, Lady Elliot is a nice enjoyable stop along the way for the whales. I know I called the Loggerhead turtle majestic but surely the Humpbacks are some of the most majestic creatures on this planet! My adoration of these guys is endless. The flight out from Hervey Bay has my face plastered to the window every time in the hope I"ll spot some whales down below. Needless to say, so are all the other guests on board, everyone focused on spotting a 'breach’ or a ‘spray’ from their blowhole. Then someone will call out "there’s one” and everyone on that side of the plane will look on with amazement. They also like to come in close to the island so regularly on approach, when you’re down low, you will get a really good view of them. When you’re sitting on the deck in front of the restaurant eating your lunch, you may spot a pod cruising past, or if you’re really lucky, a breach or some pec or tail slapping going on. What a great view while you’re eating your lunch!!
For me though, the highlight of my winter’s day on the island is being in the water having a snorkel and just a meter or 2 under the surface you can hear the beautiful whale song of the Humpacks singing to each other. With sound travelling under water you can hear the Humpack Whales from as far as 5 kilometers away. This truly is an experience to be had and the look of sheer joy on my guests faces when they do hear this beautiful song is my reward!
A winter’s experience on Lady Elliot Island is a memory that will last a lifetime!