Day 10

Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
Trip End Feb 26, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today we dove the Great Barrier Reef. It was an incredible experience.  The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands that stretch over 1,600 miles. It is the single largest structure made by living organisms. It can even be seen from outer space. 

After breakfast we took buses to our private boat. The boat was very cool – it had two floors with indoor and outdoor sections, and the back of the boat was made for diving. We cruised about an hour and a half out to the reef where we met a semi-submersible vessel with underwater reef viewing. From there we took about a thirty-minute underwater tour of the reef. It was really incredible to see all of the life under water. Although it was an incredible view, I was happy to leave the semi-submersible because it made me feel a little claustrophobic.

Afterwards, we went back to our boat and docked at a mid ocean pontoon which was our dive site. We were able to choose between snorkeling and diving. This was absolutely the best part of the day. We were able to get up close and personal with the reef and explore on our own. We saw sharks, dolphins (a huge pod of them) and many fish and corals. I got some very cool pictures underwater with my camera.

The boat ride home was beautiful – I loved looking at the coast and even saw another rainbow!  I became very exhausted on the boat though. I actually think that semi-submersible wore me out. I slept most of the way back to dock. After docking we walked around Port Douglas for a bit and then headed back to the hotel. Everyone was given money to spend on a dinner restaurant of our choosing so we had made reservations with some friends we met on the trip. I fell asleep when we got back to the room and missed dinner, but Dad went and had a good time. I must have really needed the sleep.  We head back in the sky tomorrow – Cambodia here we come!
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Sam on

What an unbelievable experience and memory!!! The underwater pictures are amazing. You and Tony look great in the snorkel masks : )
I love the picture of the shark. That must have been exhilarating!

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