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1. Posted by alibom (Budding Member 24 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey all

i was wondering if anyone knows what islands off australia are good for partying and so forth. FOr example, what are the cook islands like, or whitsudnays and so forth?

also, does anyone know if new zealand is good for parties etc?

thanks a lot

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Fiji-apparantly-but i have no idea really-i'm sure someone said that to me a while back!-oh my memory is soooo bad, hehe!

Well it's worth a look anyhows!

3. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hiya, the whitsundays are definately a MUST do... theyre so gorgeous. we did scuba diving off the whitsundays june 2004 and it was stunning, especially close to whitehaven beach. fraser island is a definate for partying if you meet up with other 4x4 drivers, camping near the beach with beer and food! fiji is also stunning but one of the busier outer islands, i am hoping to visit the further islands for scuba diving soon, such as vanuatu and the cook islands. hope this helps, save the money and see them!!

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Chris, just a quick question...did you have to do much training to scuba dive? I am just interested in this but don't really know much about it?


5. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jas, you can become a qualified scuba diver with a 4 or 5 day course!! you do around 2 days training in a swimming pool learning various techniques then go out to the ocean, and see some amazing sights!! and because there are so many companies offering dive lessons and trips, the prices aren't too high. enjoy!!

6. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I've been told that snorkling is just as good as diving - at half the expense. With snorkling you see all the coral just below the surface but with scuba diving you dive quite deep and you hardly see much coral as all the coral is near the surface. Is this true?

PS Is the coral still alive (wonderful colours), or is it dead (grey and dull?)


7. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi jo,

in my opinion i wouldnt say that snorkelling is better than diving. but its not worse either! it depends how comfortable you are in the water really. if you just wanna chill out near the surface and see the fish and coral, then snorkelling is perfect. but if you dive deep, you see amazing things that no-one else see's, because many creatures are deep diving creatures. the coral is equally if not more fantastic deeper down (in my experience) and the strange creatures you come across are magnificent which you wouldnt necessarily see in shallow water. its just so mysterious the deeper you go, it gave me a real buzz to not know what could be around the next coral shelf! personally, if you're comfortable in the water, scuba is definately the way forward! and the first thing instructor's tell you is that snorkelling is no safer than diving! take the plunge i reckon, you'll see a lot more!!
chris :)

8. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your reply Chris.
Maybe your right. I'll see how it goes when I get out there.
I just might have a go at diving!

9. Posted by Blissbomb (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just got back from the Whitsundays and snorkelling on the great barrier reef. The party island in the Whitsundays definitely would be Hamilton Island as its the biggest and all the planes and boats go from there. The reef was different to what I thought it would be, the drop off over the coral ledge was 100ft so I was a little spooked but the coral wasnt as colourful as I thought it would be, apparently they photo coral during the night as that is when it is most colourful. There was a constant sweep of water over the coral even at high tide so you had to paddle constantly to stay in one spot. But the fish were awesome, it was like picasso had painted each one in fluro colours, even the tiny little ones. I will go back just to see those fish again. Hope this helps.

10. Posted by Gidget (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

North Stradbroke Island - It is about 40 minutes from Brisbane and is really gorgeous. There is also Great Keppel but I havent been there for 10 years though I had a fabbo time both times I have been there.

I also here that Fraser Island is a good spot too....

New Zealand is awesome. There are some great places in the Bay of Islands and some really cool spots to stay up there.