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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef March 14th 2014

We made a day trip to Great Barrier Reef. Start was in harbour of Cairns, rain again. A boat took us out to a platform. The heavy swell was heavy for many stomaches. Ferry ride took 90 minutes. At platform it is possible to snorkel, to boat with a semi sub/ glass-bottom boat. Lunch is included. You can also make some charged trips from platform: a helicopter flight, a diving excursion, a helmet tour. I snorkeled twice, ate lunch and made a glass-bottom boat tour. During snorkling I saw a lots of fish and corals. After four and a half our the boat took us back to mainland. Light swell so it was easy to boat back.... read more
Corals

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef November 11th 2013

So our day started with an 8am check in (will I ever get a lie in and a leisurely breakfast). Luckily as we were staying very close to the harbour we didn't need a transfer (yeh!) and just sauntered down to the reef terminal to check in. Damn. Another big queue! We had decided to go on the trip with a company called Reef Magic. They have a fixed platform out on the Moore reef which is 50km out of cairns. They take you out on a big catamaran which takes about 90 mins. This stays moored at the platform as extra sitting space. Once there you have access to snorkelling as well as an underwater observatory, glass bottom boat and a semi submersible.You get 5 hours out there and they provide lunch as well as ... read more
Off to the helicopter!
And up she goes!
Under the sea in the semi submarine

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef July 23rd 2013

Wow. Just wow. I don't know how to even begin trying to write about The Great Barrier Reef other than by saying it was one of the single best experiences of my life. Me and the Contiki's on tour boarded "Reef Magic" - a boat dedicated to reef trips. I was incredibly excited. Whilst I was planning my trip to Australia, the Great Barrier Reef was one of the places I thought about most. It's the world's largest coral reef system, is composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands. It contains 400 types of coral, in all covers over 100,000 square miles and can be seen from outer space. All sounds impressive and amazing, but even knowing all of that I still wasn't quite prepared for the wonder it was. The Reef Magic boat ... read more
Reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef April 28th 2013

We had an early start today for our Great Barrier trip and it didn't look good weather wise. It was lashing rain with nothing but dark grey clouds. The two hour trip out to one of the outer parts of the reef known as North Hastings Reef was choppy to say the least. The majority of tourists on board were Asians and they don't take well to rough seas!! There was plenty of people getting sick into paper bags most of the journey. One guy who I think was German was retching and I had to get as far away as possible because the sound of it was nearly making me sick. So I navigated through the Asians with their sick bags and headed downstairs for some tea. Ha ha. Anyway, we made it to the ... read more
The chopper is waiting for you!
Warming the head after our dive!
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef April 27th 2013

Got back from my 3 day scuba trip last night. All I can say is, WOW! It was truly remarkable. I had some reservations as I heard how damaged the reef has become due to pollution, warm waters, shipping, etc. But I was not let down. The weather was perfect, the water was a great temperature at about 79 degrees. Didn't need a wet suit but wore a stinger suit due to the possibility of jelly fish. Didn't seem necessary though, but I guess better to be safe. Don't need an Irukandji stinging you! The pictures barely do the place any justice. The videos are better, but too big to upload right now. So many fish, so much coral. Sea turtles, reef sharks, nurse sharks, barracudas, eels, you name it! Amazing place!... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef November 17th 2012

This was one of the best experiences Ive had and something I will definitely never forget! We headed down to the marina to catch our 8:00am boat heading to the barrier reef. There was about 70 people on board and we were greeted with fresh fruit and pastires for breakfast (Food and drink became a bit of a theme for the day because we haven’t eaten this well since I’ve got to Australia because food is so expensive, and we probably won’t again) It took us about 1.5 hours to get to the first of two stop offs on the barrier reef, We got our snorkelling gear on and jumped in. It was absolutely amazing. The colours of the coral and all of the diefferent fish looked great and I was absolutely loving it! After lots ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef October 12th 2012

Heron Island was THE BESTTT. Our group spent a week tanning on the beach and snorkeling. And the crazy thing was - that was class. I had a "research" project where my team had to dive to the bottom of the ocean floor to measure the rugosity of corals and count the number of dascyllus aruanus fish species there. But really, that meant some chill snorkel time and moments spent out of a classroom. Life really can't get better than that. I once woke up at 5:30am for a morning snorkel out on the jetti. The wetsuits hung dry and ready for us on the racks by the bathroom. I'm pretty sure I never used the same snorkel twice - ew. We saw dolphins, sharks, rays, giant sea turtles, bahjillions of fish, and a floating platyhelminthe ... read more
To the reef
Floating with friends
Got our gear

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
Bubble
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




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