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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water February 7th 2010

On Wednesday I went for a day long snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef. Since it’s the off-season they had some deals going so I signed up for a free introductory dive. I would really like to be able to get diver certified but I don’t have the money for it right now. But anyway this gave me a chance to see what diving is like; now I know it’s something I want to do in the future. They put weight belts and oxygen tanks on us and everything. We did pretty much have to hold hands the entire time though. I didn’t mind since my instructor was very attractive. People here in general are just so damn attractive. The boat had a buffet lunch so I finally got to eat some decent food, plus ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water January 10th 2010

Hola to all.... A little late with this blog, but I wanted to make sure to share our experience on the live aboard scuba diving boat trip we took to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia about 6 weeks ago. In a word...amazing...and awesome...two words...sorry! The boat is called the Spirit of Freedom and it was very accommodating. We arrived at the boat on day one, and met the ten crewmembers, and 16 other divers/passengers. The majority of the divers were from the US, with a few from Ireland and England and one from Australia. After the usual briefings on diving, the boat, safety, etc...we were off to the outer ribbon reefs to begin diving! Basically, we did 11 dives in 3 was a 3 night/4 day trip, and it was the Cod Hole trip. ... read more
cod hole
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 17th 2009

Probably one of, if not the greatest, main attraction of Cairns and of the regions nearby would be the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Listed as a World Heritage site, it boasts a whooping 2300km length that runs across the northeast coast across Queensland down to its tip in Bundaberg. No Australian vacation is complete without taking a dip into this marvelous wonder of nature. The entire reef is considered a National Marine Park, and is protected by law. The reef has been mapped to protect visitors from hidden dangers, like dangerous times of the year when blooms of jellyfishes appear. Or maybe when the currents in that particular area become strong and can be considered dangerous for park goers. Visitors, when going to the reef, will have to pay a fee called a "reef tax". ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 14th 2009

A lesser known fact about Cairns is that it is also hosting some of the best fishing spots for salt water fly fishing. Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is strategically situated in one of the world’s top fish nests and fishing nexus. Every imaginable fish has made the Great Barrier Reef a world marine mecca. A whole lot of tourists from across Australia and even, from different parts of the world come down under to partake in this fishy journey. Not only fly fishing, but to also snorkel, scuba and float through the crystal blue depths of the reef. The real experience in fishing is being able to defeat a fish that knows how to fight well. It depends on you to whether set it free, or to keep it for food or to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 11th 2009

Six names came up whilst I was trying to make an itinerary for a trip to Cairns. The itinerary had to fit the criteria that it should be authentically Aussie, should be near the town of Cairns and should have modern amenities and could fit in a schedule that only lasted for a day each. I wouldn't want my campervan to be lonely. So the six islands that I've mentioned are the Green Island, Dunk Island, Hinchinbrook Island, Magnetic Island, Orpheus Island, Bedarra Island, Fitzroy Island and Lizard Island. All of them belong to the northern part of Australia and are found in the regions that are encompassed by the Great Barrier Reef. So if you want to go reef tripping, one of these islands will probably be your best bet. The topmost island, Lizard Island ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 5th 2009

Fom the Whitsundays we drove up the cost to Cairns and from there took the Osprey V to snorkel on the outer reef. Once again we swathed ourselves in revealing royal blue lycra stinger suits and ventured into the Pacific Ocean. Told we had five hours of snorkel time in two different locations I thought the time on the boat might drag a little but there was so much to see in the water that the time passed quickly. Whilst the corals were not as big as I remember from our trip 27 years ago, the variety and colours of both corals and fish seemed endless. Although we didn't manage to see any turtles whilst we were in the water, the grand finale was Wally, a huge Maorie Wrasse with beautiful markings who didn't seem to ... read more
Fish tales
Giant clam

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water December 5th 2009

Hello monkeys, I'll try and be quick as I'm pretty tired right now and have, of course, an early start tomorrow. I'm back in Cairns after having two days and one night away diving on the Great Barrier Reef, about two hours boat ride out from the city. So yeah, two days diving, and do they like to pack it in! On the first day I got in three dives, starting around 11am and including a night dive, and on the second day got in another three dives, starting at 6am (grr) and finished before lunch. The dives themselves were all pretty good. I don't think it was as good as the Ningaloo Reef off Exmouth, but that was a pretty hard act to follow so doesn't reflect too badly on the Great Barrier Reef. The ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water November 5th 2009

Llegue a Cairns en avión, muy listo yo, conseguí un avión muy barato, y todo orgullosos de mi mismo me di cuenta que es que a las 6 de la mañana no puedes coger autobuses así que tienes que coger un taxi que son 30 dolares mas... Al llegar a Cairns me di una vuelta por la ciudad, que parece mas bien un pueblo de turismo. Lo que mas me sorprendió de Cairns que no tiene playa, una ciudad de turismo en el que su mayor atracción es el submarinismo para ver la barrera de coral mas grande del mundo y... no tiene playa! Andado por el paseo marítimo que se llamaba The Promenade, averiguabas porque no tenia playa, el mar era pantanoso, que es otro tipo de paisaje tropical (al igual que en Florida, por ... read more
Cenando con alemanes
El capitan

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water October 6th 2009

What’ll you do with a drunken sailor What’ll you do with a drunken sailor What’ll you do with a drunken sailor early in the morning. Put him in the tender till he gets sober Put him in the tender till he gets sober Put him in the tender till he gets sober early in the morning Hi ho and up she rises, Hi ho and up she rises Hi ho and up she rises early in the morning........... So, Luigi and Ash where about to fly back darn souf - luigi to go home and aisling to find a job and relocate to Oz for a few months (just for a bit of craic) …why not?! I on the other hand had just done the whole east coast at breakneck speed and my flight wasn’t ... read more
Pirate Captain Simon
Crazy big fish

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water September 8th 2009

Ende August hab ich nach dreieinhalb monaten, vier festivals und ungefaehr 50 arbeitstagen mit arbeiten aufgehoert und bin wieder nach cairns (groeesste stadt im norden queenslands und touristisches zentrum fuers great barrier reef) gefahren. dort angekommen hab ich hab ich sofort mein open water dive course und advanced course (tauchschein und fortgeschrittenenkurz)angefangen. der kurz besteht aus 2 tage theorie und pool training um tauchen an sich zu lernen und dann ging es fuer 4 tage auf das aeussere great barrier reef. nach vier trainingstauchgaengen bekommt man dann sein tauchschein und taucht mit anderen bis zu 4 mal am tag bis zu 18metern. mich erwarteten aber insgesamt 13 tauchgaenge, sprich einige tauchgaenge nach dem grundtauchschein und der fortgeschrittenenkurs, der nachtauchen und 30m tieftauchen beinhaltet. Ausserdem ein kleiner unterwasserfotografiekurs und ein navig... read more
staghorn corals
hawksbill turtle
yellow tail snappers

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