In the Coral Sea

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 31, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, October 13, 2012

We finally made it into Cairns last night after all of the delays and had to rush after checking in to get supplies for our boat trip that departed at 6:00 am. We managed to find most of what we needed including Australian sample packs of beer which had 6 different kinds in the 6 pack. We then repacked our bags and got a few hours of sleep before getting picked up in the morning.

We got picked up and checked in at the dive shop bright and early this morning. After getting our snorkel gear we drove down to the wharf to board our home for the next three days. We are the only two on board who are snorkelling, everyone else is either a certified diver or taking their training to get certified. It would have been nice to take the course but we would have had to be here two days earlier to do the theory part which would mean less time somewhere else in our already busy schedule. It also would have meant staying with the instructor for the first four dives instead of heading out exploring. It is a must do when we get home though, when we can find some time...

We headed out of Cairns to our first dive site on Millen Reef about 50km south-east of Cairns. It took about 3.5 hours to get there on some pretty rough seas. Things calmed down a little once we got behind the protection of the reef but the water was choppy all day and the high wind has kept things chilly out of the water even though it is 25 degrees outside. The snorkelling is incredible, we went out for an hour once we got to the reef, had lunch and went out again for an hour. We mainly stuck to the transition area where it goes from deep to shallow as there is usually the most fish there. After our second dive we move to another location and dove again before supper. The third location was much better as it had more fish and we saw large sea turtles. We dive this location again in the morning before breakfast. After the third dive we had supper as the sunset. We thought we could go snorkelling at night as there was a night dive for the certified divers but the wouldn't let us snorkel in the dark. I sat on the back of the boat and drank beer as one of the instructors pointed out some sharks swimming by instead. Apparently there are more sharks where we stay tomorrow night so I might ask if I can just swim off the back of the boat so I can see them underwater. They are only 6' reef sharks so there is no worries.

Gina is doing well, no signs of seasickness yet. They have Wifi on the boat so I will continue with the updates! Apparently we missed a bunch of snow in Katoomba a few days ago. We can't really complain about the weather, it hasn't been terrible but it hasn't cooperated with us either so far. We ran into a few overcast days at Uluru which is better than rain but ruined the sunset and here it is warm but overcast and windy so in make visibility tougher in the water and it is cold when you get out. We had a few hours of sun this afternoon and what a huge difference. Again, we could be sitting in a cyclone so you can't really complain.
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frostyrunner on

good updates. Watch those sharks!!
Came to Edm. yesterday through snow and rain. Got our new car today, weather warm but tonight it is dirty already as a large lightening storm and rain came through!! Wierd weather!!
Enjoy your dives. Stay safe. Hope the seas calm for you. Love the picture uploads

frostyrunner on

Big news from the Kellers
Baby Jeremy Aaron Keller arrived on October 12th. Everyone is fine.

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