Captain Cooks landing and some fish!
Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
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Anyway that evening a few people that were in my room and me made dinner and hung out in the tropical gardens of the hostel and had some beer.
Next morning, i wandered across the street and climbed in a rickety old van before boarding a old fishing trawler. I wasn't going mad, no but heading for a day in the Great Barrier Reef.
I was soon to learn there is a reason it's go the word Great at the start. Anyway so two hours bombing it out on the boat across the bluest waters and seeing the point that Captain Cook first set foot on Australia was to be honest good enough on it's own but we eventually began to approach a place called Hoskins Island a tropical paradise that you i sort of wished i could get shipwrecked on with Captain Jack Sparrow and a case of rum
Anyway we were soon armed with snorkels and fins and sliding off the boat into the sea to snorkel along the reef. Ducking your head under the water was amazing! The stuff down there. It truly is another world.
The corals were all sorts of shapes and colours that you could imagine. We snorkeled amongst the array of amazing and at time really big fish!! Then we got back on the boat for a while and moved to the other side of the island for more snorkelling. We did however spot a mantary swimming nearby so most of us got our gear back on and swam with it. It was immense, this huge fish gliding through the water below us and us being so close to it. It was so graceful.
There were plenty of yellow, orange, purple, green, black, white and all sorts of coloured fish, along with lots of sea turtles!
There was however something else, oh yes a shark, only a reef shark so you know it's not gonna bite my leg off and leave me to die like poor Jill in Baywatch. Although when i spotted it my initial reaction was one of terror i did find myself swimming towards it, very bizarre but it was seriously cool!
My waterproof camera of course decided to break at the worst time possible but you know it's on of those things, spending hours in the water with all that amazing wildlife we boarded back onto the boat for an on deck barby and a few drinks as we watched the sun set and then as the moon came up we cruised back to 1770.
The next day i just lulled about in the sun and really didn't do alot, just read, snoozed in a hammock and then got on board the lovely Greyhound for a very long all nighter to my next town!