The Totally Awesome Barrier Reef

On Sunday I had the wonderful experience of seeing the Great Barrier Reef for the first time.  It was an amazing day.

Quick breaky at the beach house.

Bfast at beach house We headed off to the marina at Port Douglas and waited to board our boat.H and J That is the one we are going on and it will take us to the Outer Reef.  We are going to a platform which is anchored on the Aquitane Reef and is apparently much easier to hop on and off than a boat.  So excited !!!!!Quicksilver boat 1 We chose seats on the top deck and admired the views.L on deck See you later Port Douglas.bye PD Someone special loves her Daddy very much.BJ and HOh no, the marine stingers are out!!!  Just joking, it’s only BJ’s shorts 🙂
jellyfish Love these Aussie life guards, they are everywhere.  We had 2 on our trip and they watched us constantly from the diving platform.Aussie Lifeguards 1And they were off!

L GBR 2 L GBR Lara and Harvey on GBR 1 The reef was not as colourful as I was expecting but there were far more fish than I expected.GBR 12 They were the most incredible colours.GBR 11 Some were rather large and came very close!GBR 10 GBR 9 GBR 6 GBR 5 GBR 4 GBR 3 We have no complaints about the quantity or quality of food we were served.lunch and life jackets Lots of king prawns and chicken, hams, salads plus hot courses and soup.Harvey getting lunch Scoff scoff.  Is someone meant to be on a diet?  Not on this holiday 🙂lunch on the GBR Back to the reef.

Lara snorkelling H snorkelling 5 H snorkelling 2 H snorkelling L and H GBR 2Unfortunately my pictures do not do it justice.  Apparently it is to do with being underwater and the reds are completely muted.  The surface pictures have come out well but not the deeper ones.  You will have to get out there and see it for yourself.

submersible 1 This is a lettuce coral as seen from the semi submersible we did a trip in from the diving platform.Lettuce coral After 3.5 hours snorkelling it was time to get back on the boat and we sped back to Port Douglas.  It took 1.5 hours to get back and on the way we saw a pod of dolphins and a humpback whale.  The perfect end to an amazing day.Good-bye GBRGliding back in to the marina.
Nearly back at PD Hello again gorgeous Port Douglas.Arriving back at Port Douglas Thanks for a truly special day.Aussie Maritime flag

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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