Reef Adventure

Trip Start Dec 24, 2011
Trip End Jan 23, 2012

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Hotel Villa San Michele

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

We were off to the reef today on a posh $2 million catamaran. Trip Advisor ranked it as the number 1 tour in Port Douglas. Its was a little more expensive but no more than 23 people allowed and a no kids rule which we liked!

When we arrived at the boat we were greeted with fresh coffee and tropical fruit and the boat was rather splendid. The other people on board were chilled out and friendly, mainly Aussie with another English girl and a Swedish family. The skipper, Andy, reminded me of Mr Mackey off South Park as every sentence ended with "M'kay". There was probably only a total of about 17 people on board, so it did feel quite private.

The first mate, Bonnie, initially came across as a bit of a grumpy bitch to be honest although she did improve throughout the day and lighten up a bit. My thoughts overall were that she had a bit of a sandy vagina; the trip was pricey and she was working aboard a fantastic boat and it wouldn't have killed her to smile a bit. Andy was so laid back he was virtually horizontal and very knowledgeable about the marine life and the barrier reef ecosystem.

It had rained overnight so it was still a bit cloudy went we set off but cleared up as we headed towards the Low Isles. The trip out was pretty smooth although the crew did offer us seasickness tablets. Yogi took one, I didn't as I've got good sea legs and actually quite like the rough seas! It wasn't really choppy anyway, probably about half a metre swell maximum.

When we got to the island the crew provided stinger suits and good masks and snorkels. The stinger suits were the most revolting colour of aqua and blue and what with them being Lycra as was definitely not a fashion parade!

We landed on the island and it really was as pretty as a picture. The sky was clear, as was the water, and there were a lot of fish and some massive giant clams that would close up if we brushed water by them. You shouldn't touch them because they can't heal and they slowly bleed to death. Some clams were over 40 years old which is pretty amazing. The snorkelling was a lot of fun, I could have quite happily spent all day there. The water was warm too, probably around 27C.

Lunch was the taken on the boat and it was very nice indeed and it was BYO so we had a glass of wine. We then went to another spot and dived into the water off the back of the boat. Reef Sharks were in the water along with a Batfish and a Giant Trevellian. Yogi was a bit nervous initially about swimming in the same water as sharks but she jumped in after a little gentle persuasion. We swam and snorkelled for around 45 minutes and then headed back in. After that back to Port Douglas at a lazy speed, it's a 7k boat ride and then had a few beers around the bars of Port Douglas and then cooked ourselves a meal in the apartment. All in all, a great day.
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