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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 5th 2011

Today I get to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef! So excited - still devastated that this flipping asssssmaaaaaar won't let me dive properly but still, at least I get to see some of the reef and the life below the ocean waves. My day started at 7am, with a lift to the marina where I'd be joining the Passions cruise. Now don't get the wrong idea here - it's all about passion for the ocean rather than passion for fellow passengers (although admittedly the boys must have been in their element on our boat, as the vast majority of girls (self obviously excluded) were wearing next to nothing and very beautiful, lazing around on the nets of the catamaran. The boys however...less so...all us girls had little eye candy for the day sadly. The boat held ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water September 8th 2011

Hi all, Well our day started early with a 7am arrival at the airport. We left Sydney on the way to Cairns to surprise our Canadian friends as they thought we would be arriving the following day little did they know we would be waiting at the airport for them with our disguises. We arrived at Cairns domestic terminal and made our way across to the international terminal with our signs that John had made. When we arrived in the terminal we were the only ones but it soon filled up . We had hired a stretch limo to transfer us to our Cairns hotel so the driver held the sign with their name on it while we hid off to the side. It was an anxious wait as people started emerging from the arrivals door. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water May 5th 2011

First day into Cairns was my birthday which involved a 4 hour bus journey from Townsville to start the day off. This was fine though as we got to meet Ben, who was the dive instructor on the Whitsunday Atlantic Clipper boat. He was on his way up the coast to find some farm work in Cairns, a 3 month prerequisite for somebody who wants to get a second year temporary working visa. So now there were five of us - Jenna and Dixie, the Canadians; Jason, the Dutchman; Ben the dive instructor from the UK and myself. A nice group, which would stay together for the majority of the time we would spend in Cairns. Jenna and Dixie stayed with some of their family, while Jason, Ben and I stayed at the Nomads hostel ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water March 19th 2011

We’d come back to Cairns with one thing in mind – to get ourselves out to the Great Barrier Reef! We thought it would be a crime to come to Australia and not visit the reef. To be honest before we came we didn’t actually know that much about it other than just what it was – but when you are here you can’t escape the tours being advertised to take you out. Our original plans were to do some snorkeling, but once we started looking into booking something and saw they had introductory diving trips as an option (when an instructor comes down with you) we started to get a bit braver. We also had our campsite receptionist trying their best to sell how good it was to dive – and Tina took a lot ... read more
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Loving the reef!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water March 13th 2011

Nu har vi kommmit hem fran var vistelse pa stora barriarrevet. Vi gav oss ivag kl 0600 pa torsdag morgon med en stor motorbat med plats for 40 personer. Det tog 3 timmmar att ta sig ut till revet dar vi skulle gora vart forsta riktiga dyk. Forsta dyket gjordes vid 11. Det var ganska pirrigt forsta gangen man skulle hoppa i havet men man vande sig ganska snabbt vid kanslan. Vi skulle gora fyra ovningsdyk innan vi fick vart certifikat, forsta dagen gjorde vi tre av dom. Pa ogvningsdyken ingick ovningar som att gora olika slags noduppsigningar, ta av sig cyklopet pa botten, kompassorientering etc. Det enda man gjorde under resan var att dyka ata och sova. Efter varje dyk serverades nagot att ata och pa kvallen var man helt slut. Forsta kvallen lag vi ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water March 7th 2011

The Great Barrier Reef!! Well our week ended with a trip to the Barrier Reef!! The weather at last was fantastic, and we travelled about 40kms on a high speed catamaran to the outer barrier! Although still a bit murky as the result of the recent storms, the scenery was fantastic and the views of the coral were awesome, and so beautiful. Spent the day on a large pontoon, and viewed the fish and coral from a semi- submersable and a glass bottom boat. Richard spent loads of time snorkeling, which was by far the best as you were right in amongst the fish and turtles!! By the end of the day, temptation got the better of me, so I carefully donned the snorkeling gear and with my feet in fins which I kept tight together, ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water January 24th 2011

Despite having been to Cairns before, I have never flown further north than Townsville. The route to Cairns is ocean bound, and we were in an incredibly small plane (with rather large seats considering) that even had two propellers on each wing instead of jet engines. The flight was loud, rickety, and immensely enjoyable. Since we were in a small plane, we flew at a relatively low altitude. I found myself peering out of the window trying to catch a glimpse of a massive shadow. Townsville, and the magnetic islands especially, have a reputation for being the shark capital of the world. Of course, I have yet to see a shark here – something I’m rather dismayed about. Today’s plane ride didn’t oblige with the view of shark shadows or even whales. Apart from a large, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 9th 2010

Sunday 28th November We enjoyed our long lie in and once we got ourselves together we hailed a taxi and headed for the airport to catch our scenic flight tour plane. We arrived about a hour early so we sunbathed out the front of the building as it was scorching hot again. Our pilot arrived and took our details and informed us that our 30 minute flight was being upgraded free of charge as our other 4 passengers have booked on for the hour. Since there's only one pilot on today they are putting us all up together. Obviously we don't complain. After a quick demo on the safety issues we walk out to our plane which is a 46 year old bucket with wings. Its all good as we board the plane with Jill up ... read more
Flight crew!
An old bird - and Jill!
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water November 21st 2010

One of the greatest natural wonders of the world - the Great Barrier Reef is truly magnificent and spellbinding. Yesterday our visit to the reef started at 08.00 and an hour and a half boat ride out to the reef. A reef tour is best done from Cairns because the distance from shore to reef is shortest there, as you start moving down the coast the reef moves further away and it takes longer to get there hence less time on the reef. Our first stop was on the edge of the reef and while I snorkelled for almost an hour and a half, Poonam went scuba diving after a while – check her profile picture out on Facebook – Awesome!!! Snorkelling over the reef is so… cool (an understatement!) As soon as you get down ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water November 1st 2010

Hi, The start of the dive course was basically sitting in a classroom learning theory from various videos and Adam the instructor, which I found very easy, and, going out to do our dive medicals. Once the whole class had finally got 8/10 or higher on the test we had lunch and got kitted out with BCDs, weight belts and air tanks, ready to go in the swimming pool. To start out with we simply deflated our BCDs and sat around in a circle at the bottom of the shallow end of the pool, getting used to breathing underwater. Once everyone had stopped falling over and floating up to the top, we started to do some skills such as filling and clearing the mask underwater, taking the primary airsource out and then finding it again (before ... read more
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