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Sunday, 1 June 2014

The Great Barrier Reef

My avid readers may know of my devastating phobia of fish. Hence my visit to the Great Barrier Reef was not exactly being highly anticipated on my trip to Australia!   
We hopped onto a lovely catamaran boat from Cairns for a day trip out to the reef. We did our research and decided to fork out for a slightly more expensive trip which would take us out to the Outer Reef - which we were guaranteed would be less touristy and more impressive. 
And so we made our journey out of the city and into the deep blue. We sailed out to Michaelmas Cay, a bar of snow white sand nestled in the turquoise waters. There was only one other tiny boat at the cay for the entire time we were there so there were no tourists ruining everything which made it even more special. The ship dropped anchor and those who wanted to try out Scuba Diving got a free taster session. I declined this offer due to the old phobia but was really happy that there was a glass bottom boat tour which we could go on. I gladly hopped on in the hope to see some of the reef without actually having to risk coming into contact with any nasty fishy friends.  

It was pretty special, though duller than I was expecting! We saw a multitude of coloured fish (which I don't find quite so terrifying as their grey cousins) including a Nemo.  It was amazingly clear - the photo's don't do it justice.
Look at this stunner of a photo. 'What is it?' you say. Um.. is it not obvious? Why it is a turtle of course! 
I hopped back on board the larger boat and grabbed some lunch and looked out on this beaut of a view. Sadly due to incoming Cyclone Ita, the second spot we were meant to go to was too dangerous so we had to spend the rest of the afternoon in the same place. Not going to complain though, it was paradise worthy!
Gazing out across the reef I knew I had to man up, wetsuit and snorkle up and get in that water. How could I possibly try to explain to people that yes, I had been there but not swum among the reefs. Feeling brave, I jumped in and adjusted my face mask. But oh no... these fish were no ordinary fish, they were the friendliest fish in the world. They had no fear of darting within an inch of my thrashing legs and too soon I started to feel dizzy and panicked as I watched the multicoloured blobs terrorise me. They must have known. These fish must have been able to smell fear. 

Look at them! Vicious I tell you!

 After my trauma, I hitched a lift on the little boat out to the sand island to soak up some rays. We were only allowed on a tiny sliver as the rest is home to lots of special birds. The noise was crazy!

And so the day ended, we climbed back aboard greeted by a warm cup of tea as we lay out on the sundeck watching the reef pass beneath us as we sailed back to Cairns. 

It was never going to be the highlight of my trip, but I am so glad I have seen the reef it definitely did have a magical feel to it. I would absolutely love to fly over the reef, we saw glimpses as we flew into Cairns but I would love to go on a special flight. 

Have you ever been to The Great Barrier reef? Or would you like to go?

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  1. Good for you for trying!! I'm not a big fan of water so I would be apprehensive too.
    Lovely photos!!

    1. Yup, sea swimming is scary if you are not a water fan! x

  2. Oh that must have been an amazing experience, love how clear the water seems too and those beaches - take me there any day!

    1. It was :) I love clear water, so much nicer than the muggy rubbish we have! x

  3. Oh, the only reason I want to visit Australia is to scuba dive in the great barrier reef! It looks incredible! Love your photos, I'm very jealous :3

    1. Sure one day you'll go and then I look forward to reading your post about it hehe :) x


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