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.
We headed off to the marina at Port Douglas and waited to board our boat. 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 !!!!! We chose seats on the top deck and admired the views. See you later Port Douglas. Someone special loves her Daddy very much.Oh no, the marine stingers are out!!! Just joking, it’s only BJ’s shorts 🙂
Love these Aussie life guards, they are everywhere. We had 2 on our trip and they watched us constantly from the diving platform.And they were off!
The reef was not as colourful as I was expecting but there were far more fish than I expected. They were the most incredible colours. Some were rather large and came very close! We have no complaints about the quantity or quality of food we were served. Lots of king prawns and chicken, hams, salads plus hot courses and soup. Scoff scoff. Is someone meant to be on a diet? Not on this holiday 🙂 Back to the reef.
Unfortunately 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.
This is a lettuce coral as seen from the semi submersible we did a trip in from the diving platform. 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.Gliding back in to the marina.
Hello again gorgeous Port Douglas. Thanks for a truly special day.