In Turquoise Waters
Trip Start Dec 03, 2004
85Trip End Nov 31, 2005
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Upon arrival at Turquoise Bay we decided to start with the easier of the two snorkels, the Bay snorkel, which has no tough currents to fight although less to see
After that snorkel we came back in for a nap, which Ian, tired from 22-hour work days, really seemed to need. I was lazing about when he sat up with a start and said, somewhat aggressively, "Where's Chad?" My shocked face must have fully woken him up and he lay back down murmuring apologies. "Sometimes when I wake up I think I'm still on the boat."
At around three o'clock I managed to get him up and out into the water again to attempt the supposedly somewhat-tougher Drift Snorkel, which has a current that pulls you northwards along the beach so you don't have to actually swim so much as just admire (the tough part is that there's a current that pulls out towards the main reef that you have to avoid). This section was even more fantastic: we saw a little Nemo among the anemones, and thousands more fish barely feet from the shoreline, darting in and out of the different types of coral. My favourite type of fish is a boxy white one with red, blue and yellow stripes shooting down its high, Neanderthal-like forehead and a set of big puffy lips (a triggerfish, if you're at an aquarium any time soon).
After finishing up with the snorkel it's getting close to sunset so we spend five minutes checking out a nearby dry gorge; the flies make the decision about whether to hike any further for us, sending us scurrying back to our vehicle. The sun sets while Ian's driving back and we're plagued by kangaroos and emus wanting to hop and flop out in front of us, but fortunately they're all easily enough avoided.