The Great Barrier Reef Day 90

Trip Start May 20, 2009
Trip End Dec 22, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Today the early rise for the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonder of the world!! I arrived at the harbour at 8:20am and boarded the Kangaroo Explorer to head to the great barrier reef. It took about an hour and a half to get to the reef, with the waves rocking the boat heavily from side to side, with myself grabbing the handrailings to stay on my feet. When we finally arrived at our destination we got down deck and put on our wetsuits and snorkel equipment. We were then equipt with our diving jacket, oxygen tank, weight belt and oxygen meter and a sense of adventure for my first scuba dive!!! We gradually descended down into the deep water, breathing like Darth Vader and taking deep breaths whilst remembering to pop my ears, so as to equalise. After around 10 minutes into my diving escapades we arrived at the bottom of the ocean, although the water wasn't as clear as i expected and the coral or fish weren't that colourful. However I did spot a shark in the water which was cool, we saw it in the distance about 15ft from us, it swam straight past. Soon after more exploring the outer reef we headed back up to the surface. It had been cool to see a shark, but I was slightly dissapointed. However after lunch that dissapointment was soon dispelled as we got to go snorkelling to the actual barrier reef, where the sun was shining meaning warmer and clearer water. This was the real great Barrier reef. There were quite a few snorkeller and divers over there exploring like myself. The coral here was massive and the colours were really pretty and vivid, the fish were really beautiful, small ones, bright coloured ones, neon blue, oranges, yellows, and there were all different sizes, with larger fish feeding off the coral. The sense of discovery and adventure is what makes snorkelling, especially around the reef so cool, seeing if you can spot something special as you swim past all this sealife. The snorkelling was the best part of the trip, and I had about an hour and a half near the reef, so i could properly immerse myself in the experience. I was pretty chuffed that I ahd done something so special, ticked another box and had another unforgettable experience. Its not a bad life!!!

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