We’re sailing the Whitsunday’s and have a leisurely stop at Whitehaven Beach. But first we have a little hike so we can get overhead views of Whitehaven Beach, the 2nd? most photographed spot in Australia.
On our hide our guide stopped for a bit when he saw a bug he wanted us to lick. Yes, you read that right. I wish I could remember the name of the bug, but since I’m not going to be looking for one again, I’m not worried.
Anyway, the aboriginals were very efficient at using every bit of, well, everything, including bugs. This particular bug has a part of it that has a citrus taste to it – they were used to make a soup for when the aboriginals sick. I guess vitamin C was known to the aboriginals before we named in vitamin C.
There weren’t any volunteers, but one of the girls stuck her tongue out and our guide taped it to her tongue and the look on her face was priceless. She went from shock and horror to, that actually tasted good. Slowly our group of 16 all “licked” the bug. I wouldn’t do it again, but I’m glad I tried.
After that we went to the beach for a few hours. We had wear our stinger suites, which is kind of weird and seems to take away part of the benefit of being on a beach, but death sucks too. While we were there we looked for fish and even saw a lemon shark as well as some sting rays.
The sand on Whitehaven Beach is actually silica and does not store heat so it’s actually a regular temperature, none of that, “oww, hot, oww” as you hop around the beach. Unfortunately silica reflects the sun like crazy so you have to be extra careful about sunblock here. I did a really good job, I missed a couple little spots or had the sunblock rubbed off – nothing serious. But I totally missed my lips and let me tell you. You MUST, MUST wear sunblock, my lips were swollen and stuff for days!