Great Barrier Reef


April 18, 2005

Today was another one of those great memorable days of our trip. We started the day by taking a boat ride through the Whitsundays' and stopping at Hamilton Island to pick up some more passengers for the trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The wind was at 15 to 20 knots so the crew suggested we take preventive pills for sea sickness. Tina grabbed the natural ginger pills but the ride ended up not being that bad. After leaving Hamilton Island it took us an hour and a half to get to the Great Barrier Reef where we would spend the afternoon snorkeling. The boat docked on what they called the Great Barrier Reef Reefworld pontoon. It's a permanent structure built right next to the reef. After getting off the boat we got our snorkeling gear and we were in the water less than twenty minutes after docking. I don't know the species of fish so I won't try to make something up here for you even though most of you wouldn't know the difference(It was a Black Belly Double Tail). Anyway, it was amazing adventure snorkeling around the reef. Today was by far the best snorkeling we have ever done. The coral is so colorful and so are the fish. So many reds, blues, and bright greens.

We head up to Cairns tomorrow which is another 10 hour bus ride away, woo hoo. We plan on doing some more snorkeling around the Great Barrier Reef near the Carins area too.

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