Published: July 28th 2011July 28th 2011
Today was our last day on the boat and we had the opportunity to do 3 dives before we headed back to Cairns. But this meant we had to be up and in the water by 6:30 AM. Chester reluctantly got out of bed to Kirsten’s nagging. After last night’s panic attack, Chester was adamant that she wanted a guide. She insisted it was not because she did not trust Kirsten but she wanted 2 people to be there to save her. So our first dive with the guide was really nice. But there was nothing worse than putting on the cold wet suit at 6:30 AM. But it was worth it when we saw a reef shark, some sting rays and turtles and an angel fish. Kirsten let Chester suck from her tank for a while to try and extend the dive a bit longer. After the dive we had another huge breakfast and packed up our things. The next dive was around 8:30 and we did move down the reef a little bit to a new location. Chester advised that this was her last dive so we took a guide with us again. Another successful dive with turtles, sharks
and tons of fish. The seas were starting to get a bit rough and the visibility was getting a bit worse.
Chester took a nice long hot shower while Kirsten headed out for the 3rd dive of the morning. The guide was with her by default since she did not have a dive buddy and they saw similar stuff to the previous dives along with a sting ray that had to be at least 5 foot in diameter. It was the biggest she has ever seen. Quickly after the dive was over lunch was served. Another huge lunch and they herded us onto the small boat to take us over to the day boat and head back to Cairns. The seas were getting rougher and the winds were really picking up.
The day boat was completely full of young kids and a bit of a cluster. They had been snorkeling all AM and it was so full of wet gear. We did get to sit in the boat house which was not full of wet seats. But the ride home was very rough and no whales to be seen. 90 minutes later we arrived in Cairns. The trip
back was spent talking to the couple from Canada with 3 young kids, 2 of whom where spent and slept the entire time. That is not a bad thing. We’re pretty sure they thought we were gay.
We were not disappointed when we checked into the Hilton in Cairns and VERY happy to see our 2 big comfy beds. The boat was nice, but a big hotel room is always nicer and does not small as musty, nor does it rock back and forth. We have a relaxing evening here in Cairns and tomorrow we fly to Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise for a few days. We are hoping it will warm up a bit as we plan to do some surfing while there.
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