Mandrake visits a variety of locations which may vary from trip to trip according to weather and tidal conditions.
Ngaro people legend of the Whitsunday Islands:
The aboriginal Ngaro people are the traditional people of the Whitsunday Islands. Their legend has it that the Rainbow Serpent made it's way across this land laying eggs as it went and that the islands that you see today are the same eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. It is easy to see that with abundant food sources of fish, stingrays, turtles and shellfish this must have been a bountiful place to live for the Ngaro.
Whitehaven beach is visited on every trip. Whitehaven beach is reknowned as one of the world's best beaches and the crew of Mandrake are aware you want to go there. Whitehaven Beach has pure white silica sand that squeeks under your feet as you walk on it. It is possible to built what appears to be a snowman from the pure white sand. The crew may drop you off at Tongue Bay so you can hike to the lookout and get your own postcard pictures of Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach before spending time down on Betty's Beach which is accessed via a pleasant boardwalk through the bush. The Aboriginal Ngaro people hunted and lived here for thousands of years before the white man came to Australia
Tongue Bay is home to many sea turtles which can usually be spotted surfacing for air or mating on the surface. Tongue Bay is an access point for the hike to the lookout over Whitehaven Beach through the bush and up some very old stone stairs. Sea Eagles live here.
Luncheon Bay is located on the east coast of Hook Island and is regarded as one of the best snorkeling locations in the Whitsunday Islands. The beach at Luncheon Bay is a coral beach and from the boat is one of the most picturesque locations in the islands. There is imposing large boulders and steep cliffs covered in greenery and hoop pine trees. Sea Eagles and Sea Ospreys patrol the skies here looking for fish to swoop down on. Often they will come and sit on the mast of the boat to take a look at you. Mandrakes tender will take you to the beach and to the snorkel locations surrounding the beach. Snorkeling can be done off the beach itself.
Blue Pearl Bay:
Blue Pearl Bay is situated on the west coast of Hayman Island and is also regarded and one of the premier snorkling locations in the Whitsunday Islands. You may find yourself surrounded by hundreds of small fish while you are checking out the hard and soft corals. A rugged landscape is the background to Blue Pearl Bay and if you moor here overnight the sunrise over Hayman Islands can be spectacular.
Langford Island - Spit and Reef:
Sitting in the middle of the Whitsunday Passage Langford Spit is a white sandy stretch of sand that travels out from the small island that is Langford Island. Sitting on Langford Spit you get a feeling of being shipwrecked as you gaze out over the water. Stunning sunsets can be had from this isolated sandy spit, snorkeling and swimming can be done here.
The Hook Passage is a beautiful stretch of water that Mandrake may access to get you to Whitehaven Beach, Hook Passage runs between Hook Island and Whitsunday Island and offers fabulous views on either side of you as you sail through it.
Nara Inlet is home to snorkeling, bush walking and the Ngaro Aboriginal rock art found in caves and rocky overhangs on Hook Island. The inlet is a popular location and a safe mooring in certain weather conditions.
There are many other locations within the islands to choose from these are just some of the most likely to be visited.