Although we were originally scheduled to go on the Wooroonran Safari this day, we had to switch days and visit the Great Barrier Reef, thatmagnificent natural wonder of the world, a day early.
We were both extremely excited about this trip, so it was not too much of a problem.
We were picked up from our hotel very early, and transported to Port Douglas, where we boarded our Catamaran to take the 2 hour trip to the Reef. Along the way we had the usual safety talks, but for the most part we were just able to enjoy views as the coast of Australia drifted over the horizon.
We were heading to a section of the reef called â€œAgincourt â€œ which was is very close to where the naturalist Steve Irwin was killed by a sting ray last year. The dangers of the reef are pretty minor, but there are still things that can cause nasty cuts (the coral, donâ€™t touch it), stings (jellyfish â€“ avoid), and bites (sharks). But by far the most dangerous thing at the reef is the sun. Thatâ€™s right, sunburn and sunstroke are pretty common. As we were wearing stinger suits, our chances of getting burned were heavily reduced, but it was still beating down on us.
We spent about 4 hours at the reef and saw some amazing sights. I will be posting the photos from our underwater cameras another time, but I can say I have swam with skarks! There were a couple of 4ft Reef Whaler Sharks at our second dive sight, and we got to swim around right above them.
Pretty cool stuff! Anyway, I will write more when we have the photos developed/converted and have them available to post.