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1. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Ok I need advice!!Im just planning some travelling and i want to see the whitsundays but all the package deals iv found involve sailing. Im sure sailing is a great experience but im horrendously sea sick! (I got sick on a canal cruise on a barge once in the UK) I can cope with a boat trip to get somewhere but the thought of a 2 day sailing adventure has me reaching for a sick bag! (and yes iv tried loads of meds-including some prescription only ones and they dont have much of an effect) Are there any packages that take you out to the islands, where u can stay out there on an island (ie not on a sail boat)?

Iv not got as far as planning fraser island yet but am I likely to have the same problems there?



2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You can get to almost any one of the Whitsunday Islands in less than an hour. The ferry/hydrofoil services leave from Shute Harbour (a small drive, taxi ride or bus ride from Airlie Beach). The only island in the Whitsunday Group that has a major airport is Hamilton Island, but if you have a lot of money and want to stay in major luxury, you could always get an all inclusive package to Linderman Island which includes flights and accommodation in the Club Med resort. Even if you don't see much in the way of islands due to the sea sickness problems, it has a lot of nice stuff to see in and around the Airlie Beach area as long as you can hire a car.

For your sea sickness problem have you tried starring at something that is fixed off the ocean so that it isn't moving ie a spot on the top of a mountain or something like that? That stopped me getting sick when on previous boat/ferry trips I was getting sea sick. So if you haven't tried that it may work. That was the method I got told in school so it must've been a proven method and not have just worked for me.

You can get a short ferry ride to loads of the islands and stay on most of them, but they are not cheap to stay on as only one I have heard of has any sort of hostel style accommodation and most others are around the 4-5star price range.

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
The FantaSea catamaran from Shute Harbour was really smooth and it's only half an hour (if I remember rightly) to Hamilton island. The only other option is a helicopter, which won't come cheap.

4. Posted by qlong (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The islands are plemntiful and varied - there is a special on cruising with the amaari - considerieng sea sicknees don't think thats an option. Just avoid South Molle it is very oild and I hear some bad - veyr bad reports.

Frtaser will be no problem at all.

5. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice-i feel more reassured now that I wont miss out too much!
I have tried the staring at a fixed point in the distance-it helps a little but not enough!! The fact i now know i can get to the islands in less than an hour is reassuring as well!!


6. Posted by Thomasvo (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I went to Australia last October. We took a trip to the reef in Cairns, the sea was a bit rough that day and I got seasick ofcourse :-) When we returned home me and a girl I knew were worried a bit because we both got seasick and we had the 2 day whitsunday sailing trip a couple of days later.
But the sailing was totally different than the trip to the reef. If the weather is nice you won't get seasick in my opinion :)