Picnic on Your Own Private Island in the Great Barrier Reef

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Apr 25, 2016

by LAUREN QUAINTANCE, Writer

Be swept away by air or by sea to a secluded white sandy beach for what is, quite possibly, the most lavishly romantic holiday experience out there...

This low sandy island is one of a number of cays that slowly reveal themselves at low tide on the Great Barrier Reef. From the air, Vlasoff Cay looks like a streak of snow-white sand suspended on azure water.

You might spend your time here with your significant other combing for seashells on the beach or donning snorkel and fins and slipping into the pellucid water. Or you might simply sit back under an umbrella together and feast on a gourmet picnic with wine glasses in hand.

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To get to Vlasoff Cay, you could spend a leisurely morning cruising aboard a 22-metre motor yacht with no more than a dozen fellow passengers; or opt for an overnight stay on board so you can spend more time at this remarkable spot. Or you might choose to take a 30-minute helicopter flight from Cairns. You’ll skim across the reef and touch down on the sand in time for brunch. While you’re snorkelling among schools of shimmering fish, your pilot will have laid out a picnic rug and cushions and a lunch hamper with chilled sparkling wine and beer. This is as close to perfection as a day gets.

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