Great Barrier Reef

Trip Start Nov 03, 2012
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Friday 16th November
Today we went on our Barrier reef trip. Wow!!  A must if you visit this area. Our boat company was called Calypso and they were excellent. It was quite a small boat only 30 people in total either diving or snorkeling. It takes about 1.5 hours to get out to the reef and luckily today was not too rough although they do provide seasick tablets! They day was sunny so you can sunbathe as you go, coffee and tea etc are provided. Before you reach the reef staff come and give short talks about the reef and instructions for diving/snorkeling etc. You also get your `stinger suit` which is light lycra suit to prevent jelly fish stings and your flippers and snorkel. If you are not very confident with snorkeling, which we were not, then you can use a `noodle`, a long float to lie on which makes it so easy. The back of the boat has a platform to make getting in easy. We had 3 dives at different points on the reef. It is absolutely amazing. The colours and range of fish. It is just like swimming in a tropical fish tank. On one of the dives we were led by a guide who pointed out different species as we snorkeled. One of the crew also swam around underwater taking pictures of everyone which you could buy later. However everyone looked the same in a suit, flippers and mask!! A buffet lunch was also included plus tea and cakes on the return journey. A fabulous day which words and even pictures can`t really describe. (Pictures to be added later)

This was our last day in Port Douglas which is a beautiful place to stay. Everyone is friendly and very laid back. It is so quiet and peaceful. Although there are lots of bars and restaurants and very busy in the evenings most places seem to stop serving food at about 9.00pm. People seem to eat early, maybe because it is dark by about 6.45pm. So we have had lots of sleep! Our hotel The Hibiscus Gardens was also excellent in a lovely tropical setting with all the facilities you could need. The beach is superb with cafe, toilets, showers etc nearby. It has a netted area in stinger season so is safe.

So after a fabulous 9 days here we move onto Alice Springs and the outback. Depending on internet availability we may have to write these days up afterwards.
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