The Great Barrier Reef. March 13

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, March 13, 2008

Who has not seen any documentary or has read about The Great Barrier Reef?, Say their emerald color is visible from space. With great excitement we we embarked on the "Big Cat", a large catamaran, to Green Island , a coral cay which enjoys world renown as a tropical paradise. The first thing we did was take a bath in the warm clear waters and sunbathe on the magnificent white sand beach. Then we walked along a path well signposted and ecological with explanations in several languages including Spanish, written in a witty rollers. The whole island is a national park with a hotel in the center. We noticed that wild birds that birds are not frightened, and they are left until nearly  to touch them.
At noon we returned to the ship for lunch. Then came the time to explore the coral reefs. We could choose to snorkel (glasses and tube) or get on a glass-hulled boat, we chose the latter. I am fond of diving and I know many Caribbean reefs, but its here are superior to all those I have known. Seagrasses are an explosion of color and life, we saw fish of all colors and shapes, giant clams, snails, starfish, stingrays, sea anemones and even a turtle. Something incredible, until the weather we were joined with a sunny day which helped the visibility. At day's end we returned.
The next day the rain came again, he did intermittently throughout the day, but webut we must have known Australian fauna, so we took a public bus and  we headed north in the region to visit the Cairns Tropical Zoo.
On the way we first saw kangaroos grazing in the field next to the cows, then the zoo had the opportunity to feed these and some Japanese tourists, Rika and Yuri, because my wife innocently asked them: " Do you want?" And  they accepting surprised us.
After eating,  better say half-eaten ! as we share our food, we spent the rest of the day among the Australian fauna, the pampered  koalas and shows of crocodiles, snakes and birds of prey.
To return, we surprised a talkative driver, choosing instead the express bus one slow, that we walked through endless rural locations before arriving at Cairns.
You'llfind more pictures of the Great Barrier Reef and the Tropical Zoo at this link. Use the Google translator top of the page:
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