We took the ferry from Keppel Bay Marina, Yeppoon, which took us directly to the Island. The island, even more beautiful than I had anticipated, has a few hostel resorts, a couple of private homes, and one restaurant. We stayed at the Holiday Village Hostel, which has a combination of backpacker rooms, private cabins, and private tents. We stayed in the backpacker room but if I ever make it back I'm staying in a tent; they were just so cool! There's no air conditioning, hardly any electricity, and definitely no wifi. We kept time by following the sun, and it felt amazing to be unplugged.
Our days were spent on the beach, sun bathing, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. The water was a magnificent turquoise blue and very clear. You could see straight to the bottom of the ocean! Late afternoon, during low tide, we snorkeled and saw tons of fish, large and small, sting rays, star fish, and coral. The sting rays like to lay in the sand and when you get near one it will scatter out of the sand and swim away, normally. But Danielle accidentally stepped on one because they are nearly impossible to see. We all freaked out for a moment because that is the only time they will sting you. But luckily that didn't happen! We saw a starfish with 8 legs! I've never seen one so big before. It was amazing how comfortable the fish were around us. While some would immediately swim away, others floated around us. Some fish were so white/clear that you could lose them quickly until the sun made them shimmer. We saw a Dory, teeny tiny turquoise fish, large brown and yellow, and everything in between.
(We decided to save our scuba diving for a bigger trip to Carins.)
I clearly got the technique down.
The evenings consisted of sitting on the beach front, drinking a Keppel Sunset, eating fresh fish, and playing cards. Even Danielle had a Pina Colada! She was tipsy after one drink and we were all happy on life. We got to watch the sun set over our little Yeppoon and enjoy the ocean breeze. On our walks back to our bunks we star gazed. I'm still in awe over the abundance of stars you can see in Australia.
The best part about the island is it's exclusivity! At most there were a handful of people on the beach. It felt like were were on our very own private island. There are no roads or sidewalks, sand is everywhere! I constantly smelled like salt, sweat, and sunscreen and loved every second of it. Salty beach waves and sunburnt lips were inevitable. I'm 100% positive that I doubled the amount of freckles on my body. And everyone on the island, you know all 50 of them, is happy. I highly recommend Great Keppel Island. It is truly a hidden gem that you need to take advantage of.