The Great Barrier Reef

Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 26, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, April 9, 2010

I had to be up at 7:30am this morning to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. This time I told the guys to make sure I was up, since they had to leave at 7:15am for their snorkeling trip. I was on a different one by myself (basically the only thing I did by myself the whole trip). When I handed them my ticket, the guy looked at my arm and said, "You were busy last night." I had six stamps on my arm from the different bars/clubs we had been to. And the ink does not come off. It's crazy. Luckily we had an hour long bus ride to Port Douglas and then an hour and a half boat ride out to the reef. I slept the entire bus ride, and some of the boat ride. They also had motion sickness medication available when we got on board, along with our morning tea. I think I would have been fine, but I was so tired that my head hurt, making the motion of the boat worse. The boat was actually much rockier than I thought it would be. But the pills did me good. About a half hour out, the marine biologists on board started an informational video about the reef and the things you could find in it. I knew almost everything because of my marine biology class, and the research I did on the sex of fishes. It was cool to answer all of his questions. About an hour later, we finally arrived at the station. The boat hooked up to the station, and everyone grabbed snorkeling gear and hit the water. I didn't want to wait in line for everyone, so I checked out the underwater observatory first. It was really cool; there were fish everywhere. I then headed back upstairs and found that the lines were still long, so I went on one of the semi-submersible sub tours. It was about a half hour tour, and went around the reef. We were seated in cramped quarters in the bottom of the boat, with glass all around. The guide was very informative, but I was in the back so every time he pointed something out I either didn't see it, or didn't see it until he was talking about something else. It was still awesome. I gave up on taking pictures, though, because I wanted to save my battery for when I was snorkeling, not through the glass on some boat. Once we got back to the station, lunch had started. It was immaculate. Words can't even describe the variety and quality of our food. I even got a fresh seafood salad thing. I started off safe, eating the things I knew (crab, lobster, oysters). Then I was left with three little octopus. I honestly didn't think I could eat them. Then I was like, 'what the heck,' and threw one in my mouth. It was delicious! The best part of the seafood dish! I wanted to go up to get more, but the line was too long. After I finished my lunch, I got my lycra suit on (to keep the box jellies from stinging, although I never saw any), grabbed the rest of my snorkel gear, and headed out to the platform. The things I saw were unbelievable. Unfortunately, I am not a very good swimmer, so I chose to wear a life vest. The waves thrashed me about like no other. After an hour I was completely exhausted, and started slowly heading in. Ten minutes after I got in, they called everyone else in. So it was good I got back when I did. After everyone boarded the boat, we had to remain stationary so they could count everyone. After we got the correct count, we headed back to Port Douglas. I slept the entire way back. I woke up about twenty minutes before we were back, and woke up to find everyone else asleep. It was hilarious. After we reached Port Douglas, we departed the boat and I headed to my bus. I also slept the entire bus ride back to Gilligan's. I got back, got my free dinner from downstairs again, and am now getting ready to go out with the guys again.
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