We travelled on the Camira Purple Boat tour on November 16th. Before getting into the meat of the review, I just wanted to point out the unfortunate negatives first.
1. When we checked in at the check-in desk at Port Airlie, we were informed that due to strong northerly winds, there was a chance we may not make it onto Whitehaven Beach (the reason we booked the tour in the first place).
(It was disappointing to be informed of this within an hour of departure, as this was the only reason we booked this tour, and so the day started off on a poor note).
*these winds only happen 10% of the year, according to a crew member*
2. During our approach to Whitehaven Beach, the captain told us that they were going to “give it a go” with stopping on the north side of the beach, which excited all of us. 10 minutes later, the captain informed us that they’d changed their minds and that we weren’t going to make it onto Whitehaven. This sucked.
This sounds like a negative review, but it’s not, as though we didn’t make it onto Whitehaven (though we were led to believe so), we still had one of the best boat trips of our lives.
First and foremost, props to the crew who were spectacular, through how helpful and funny they were. They made what could have been a pretty good day out into a fantastic one, and that was all down to how they made everyone feel throughout the trip.
Tea, coffee, beer and soft drinks were kept nice and cold on eskis throughout the day, whilst the food on offer was truly delicious and a real highlight.
Though not making it onto Whitehaven was a shame, the alternative spot of Chance Bay was beautiful (though a bit busy), and probably one of the best beaches you’ll find.
By the end of the day, we were chilling in the sun on a boat ride back to Airlie, downing cold drinks like it was no one’s business, and we realised that regardless of whether we made it onto Whitehaven, we still had a brilliant day out, and that was thanks to the team on the Camira Purple Boat.
I’d recommend this trip and this team to anyone.