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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water April 5th 2013

Departed Townsville 9am wed. Winds were on the nose all the way, so made for a slow trip to Orpheus Island. Got there just on dark, so had to find the mooring bouy with the help of a spotlight. Roast had been put on during the trip, so it was nice to settle down with a roast for dinner. 25 - 30kts predicted for next 2 days, so left early - 7am and had such a quick trip went on to Mourilyn Harbour instead of Dunk Island where we were going. Another early start today as we wanted to catch the tide before it started going out. So, away by 6am after an unsettled night. Once again, lots of wind and a quick trip, so....decided to go all the way to Cairns rather than to Fitzroy ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water April 3rd 2013

Well the big day arrived and I was very excited, off to the Great Barrier Reef. The weather had been hot and sunny for three or four days with no rain and the day I went out was pretty much perfect. The sea was calm the sun was hot and not too much wind. The first stop was to be Michaelmas Cay which has been formed from coral and sand, it is part of the middle reef. We had to wear stinger suits as its still stinger season these consist of head to toe suit which includes a hood. By the time you have this on, your mask snorkel and fins there is not much of your body showing. The water was warm and the fish were plentiful I decided to enjoy the experience rather than ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water September 4th 2012

Day two on the boat I woke up early, around 5:00 to watch the sunrise. That happened around 6:20, so I was definitely plenty early. Sleeping on a boat is an experience in and of itself. The gentle swaying, and every so often a not so gentle sway that knocks you into the wall. It is easy to wake up early on boats. My quarters were nice, not as nice as my solo room with shower like I had in French Polynesia, but it was fine. So anyway, between the time when I woke up and the sun came up, I had time to make a tea and set a chair up on the sun deck. John from Sacramento joined me up there and we talked while the sun peaked out above the clouds. He was ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water September 3rd 2012

Today was a free day, and to steal a line from Ice Cube, today was a good day. As I wrapped up yesterday’s blog I was up early for a flight to Cairns up in northern Queensland. My first day there I had nothing to do, I arrived at 9:25 and hopped on the shuttle that took me to Hotel Cairns, it is a nice place close to the Esplanade which meanders along the water and plays host to a ton of different things. There was a little village with what appeared to be circus tents like one might see at a county fair, there were little sculptures along the path, and a ton of interesting people. Cairns is a real tourist city and it was made clear very early in my experience by the variety ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water July 2nd 2012

Monday , 21st September, and what a stunning Cairns day to go to the Barrier Reef... and what a great choice to go on "Reef Quest", from Cairns which gave us an absolutely unforgettable day at the great barrier reef. After flying from Adelaide this morning I was due some nice hot weather. It was a bit chillier than I had predicted and I was glad I had packed Jeans and a warm jacket! I've been holidaying in Cairns for almost 10 years and have been out on quite a few Reef Trips and let's face it, they all do pretty much the same day: 2 reefs, snorkelling gear, lunch and afternoon tea - so it's the dive sites and little extras that count. From the time you get on the boat to the time you ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water July 2nd 2012

The Great Barrier Reefis one of the greatest natural wonders of the world running from the northernmost tip of Australia to just north of the border. The great barrier reef stretches over 2000km along the countries coast. The reef is a sanctuary for well over 1000 fish species, whales, turtles. An impressive amount of birdlife live on the reef. The coral which forms the reef itself is also a living thing, made up of 1000's of tiny creatures. When it dies it turns white, and creates the basis for more reef growth. Different species of coral grow at varying speeds, while some are quite quick to grow, some take well over a hundred years to mature. The colours are not formed by the coral but by the growth of algae living on it. The reef lives ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water May 4th 2012

Thursday 26th of April, after arriving to Cairns, we took photos of the crew and the guests, took their luggage to shore and then went on to clean the boat. My tasks were cleaning curtain showers, emptying and cleaning rubbish bins, etc. I was done with the whole thing at around 12:30pm. After that, I took a shower and went to get lunch in town. I arrived at a small restaurant where I sat down and ordered a steak hamburger with chips. Here, like a lot of other places in Australia, you can bring your own alcohol, so I crossed the street to a liquor store and bought a cold 750mm beer to have with my lunch. While having lunch, I updated the blog. After that, I went to a park to sit for about an ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water April 29th 2012

To preface this day, let us first take a step back to planning of the trip. From the start, we have greatly anticipated and also slightly feared snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Both of us have snorkeled before and really enjoy it, and the Great Barrier Reef is one of those things you have always heard of and wanted to see. However, what our elementary school books never said (or at least ours didnt) was that from November to May is what is known as Stinger Season. The warm water off the coast brings in the Irukandji Jellyfish, a 1 cm box jellyfish with a sting that has been described by people as the worst pain they ever felt (almost always requiring several days/weeks of hospitalization) and has even killed several people. The prior day, ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 15th 2011

Diving photos taken by me with a underwater camera, took over 300 pictures, most of them are low quality, so only post the ones that is okay on this... I really need someone to show me how to take good underwater photos...... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 14th 2011

The boat leaves the Cairns Marina at 8:30am for day trips to the outer reef, so we got up early around 7am to make sure we will not miss the boat. Got to the Marina at 8am, had to check in... in the big building just before the pier, so many people going on various boats, feels rather like an airport... reef tax is compulsory at $20 per person... The diving was really awasome We did the Norman reef first Average depth 10m, max depth 18m, water temp at 30! Time at 45 minutes with 50 bar in reserve... Hired a underwater camera the previous for $30 for the day, you pick it up around 7pm the previous night and after you dives, you drop of the camera and they will upload all your pictures on ... read more
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