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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef October 7th 2012

Well up early this morning as we had scheduled ourselves on a boat to see the Great Barrier Reef. I had also arranged to hire an underwater camera to capture some of the sights of the reef. We made sure we chose a company that only had limited passengers ie no more than 30 passengers as some boats have hundreds of passengers and I mean 100s. So we chose a company called Wavelength they are a family business and also on board is a marine biologist which helps when you have questions. So on the boat we hop and are duly given a wet suit, snorkel, mask and fins and off to the first site we go. They ask you to wear wet suits as then your suncream does not damage the reef - see good ... read more
is this not amazing!
How fab is this coral

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef September 22nd 2012

The weather was absolutely great about 4 weeks ago; warm sunny days, not much wind and calm seas, ideal for working. Port Douglas really seems like the place to be and work in these conditions. The dives I had were very good as well, with some of the sites having really good visibility. On one of the days off work that I had, I went diving on Calypso, mainly because I wanted to dive a site called "Cathedral", which we went to a few times. I wanted to be able to dive it in non-working conditions. That day, most of my friends were working, so I needed to buddy up with a customer. My buddy ended up being a pretty Norwegian girl, so even better. When we got to Cathedral, I was offered a drop off ... read more
View from Flagstaff Hill
Titan Triggerfish

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef September 5th 2012

There was one day during this week in which we had 4 Spanish speaking people on the boat; a couple from Argentina (Esteban and Inés) who were on their honeymoon and a couple from Chile (José Morán and Rosario Méndez) who are living in Sydney. Turned out that the José and Rosario are part of a group of Chileans that are all living in Sydney, between Bondi and Cogee. My connection with them is José María Pinto who was a classmate of mine in the Chilean Naval School. I've met several people of that group now, because they've all been to the Great Barrier Reef on the boat I Work on (Calypso). The first two people who went on the boat recommended it to the next who came here and so on. By coincidence, the days ... read more
Oriental sweetlips
Grey reef shark and barracudas
Giant clam

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef August 12th 2012

today we got picked up at our hotel at 8:20 by the captan of the calypiso the boat we are going out today run by tropical journeys. we had a great trip to the outer reef and got 3 dives in at 3 differnet reef and on the way in we saw 3 whales a mother and calf and one other. we got droped off at out hotel and after long day decided to do room service in our room. what a fantastic day.... read more
09 Trumpetfish
10 White tip reef shark

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef July 24th 2012

Up before the sun had risen this morning as the excitement built with us heading off on a tour of the Great Barrier Reef. We made it into Cairns without fuss and were checked in for our cruise with Reef Magic with plenty of time to spare.Boarding our cruising vessel we took a seat outside in the morning sun and enjoyed a few cups of complimentary coffee waiting to depart. The sun was out and the breeze was reasonably light so all indicators were good for a calm ride. Our destination was about 90 minutes out to sea to visit a section of the outer reef. I had not even entertained the thought of taking sea sickness tablets and this oversight came back to bite me with a vengeance. Let’s just say it was a good ... read more


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef June 18th 2012

Hiya, Well today we were up at 6am to walk to the Esplanade to board the ferry out o the Great Barrier Reef. It was a lovely morning- not too hot!! So we got onboard and we stayed upstairs. We helped ourself to the buffet breckie and just enjoyed the lovely trip, which took a little over an hour. Coffee in hand, fresh air in the lungs... perfection!! So we arrived at the spot and some of us went snorkling. The crew were brilliant- so helpful and informative. They went through everything to make it alot easier for those of us who were a bit nervous! We ahd hired out an underwater camera and seriously the best 60 bucks we ever spent. The photo's we took were unreal- just amazing. We also took a good few ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef June 9th 2012

My most favorite place in the world is the great barrier reef. You would think that it's because I am an avid snorkler but the truth of the matter is that I cannot swim. However, it did not stop me from attaching a life jacket, donning on a pair of flippers and slapping on a pair of goggles to welcome this 1st time adventure in Dec 2009. When I was a little girl, I had wanted to become a marine biologist just because ocean creatures fascinated me. Now that I'm grown, the ocean still fascinates me and intrigues me. I must admit I do a lot more ocean eating than ocean studying nowadays. I have been to Fiji and Malaysia after my trip to the GBR to sample what they offer. Yet, for me, the GBR ... read more
Photo 9
school of fish
Photo 4

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef April 7th 2012

Up early this morning because we needed to be at the Marina in Port Douglas in time to board the Silver Sonic for our reef trip. A beautiful morning for cruising the reef! The tour that we opted for was to the Agincourt Reef area on the outer edge of the reef near the continental shelf. As this is about 34 kms from Port Douglas we started the morning with a high speed trip out to the edge of the reef. The journey went quite quickly by the time we were given our safety briefing and kitted out with face masks, snorkels and flippers, not to mention the full body lycra suits!! The lycra suits cost us another $7.00 each to hire, but were highly recommended due to it being stinger season. The added bonus was ... read more
Great Look
Agincourt Reef
Agincourt Reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef February 22nd 2012

Been a while since I posted.....lots of planes and traveling in between blog posts...... I headed out of Canberra on Tuesday Feb 21st and flew into Brisbane...about an hour and a half flight.....short layover and then from Brisbane to Proserpine, another hour and a half......the heat was from Canberra to the north of Australia is so different.....from our summer weather to intense heat and humidity.......good practice for Bali! Short bus trip from Proserpine into Airlie Beach. Typical summery type beach town......luv it so hotel is situated right across from the beach and the view is spectacular (score 1). Who wouldn't want to live here?????? Walked around town trying to decide amongst the dozens of tour places who/where to book the Great Barrier Reef Dive Trip.....I wanna get it just luck would have it ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 19th 2011

Little warning: This blog was supposed to have four short videos attached. All the family is currently in Fiji and internet is really slow here, which means I have trouble attaching those fun movies. If you want to see them, do come back here early January. Last week, the kids were enjoying the last few days at school before the long Christmas holidays, and Mari has been so kind to let me go scout a diving place ahead of the family. I didn't sleep on terra ferma in Australia, but spent 4 nights on the SpoilSport yacht with a bunch of divers. Great Barrier Reef, the name say it all, magic, beautiful, we all dream about the place. Australia is country number 34 for me in terms of diving...and the first question any diver is asking ... read more
GBR, nice!
Cod, had fun with me for a while...
Can you kiss?

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