It is time once again to hop an plane, leave Uluru, and head to Cairns.
As you can see from the map, we left the Outback and headed to the coast. I must admit that I have always mispronounced the name. I thoughts it was pronounced similar to Karens. I was wrong. The correct pronunciation is “Cans”. i never knew that.
Anyway, we spent two days here. This post will just concentrate on Day 1 because I believe it is worth its own post.
We left out hotel at 8:00 A.M. and headed to the dock. We boarded a boat similar to this one
and headed out to spend the entire day at the Great Barrier Reef. All I can say is, “Oh my!”
It took an hour plus to reach the docking platform. You can see from these pictures that it was a beautiful day with beautiful views.
Of course, we were not the only boat traveling out to the reef. However, each boat had its own docking platform so we were not overcrowded .
Because we were spending the entire day at the reef, there were sever activities we could do and lunch was provided. Our choices included: Semi Sub, Glass Bottom Boat, Snorkel, Heli Flight, and Helmet Dive.
Not being swimmers Kathy and I just did the Semi Sub and Glass Bottom Boat. We did each one twice. The first time I was busy snapping pictures so I missed a lot. The second time I didn’t have my camera or phone out so that I was able to enjoy the beauty of the reef.
Here are some pictures form the Semi Sub.
Because of the tinted windows and the water itself the pictures aren’t the best. The coral was beautiful, though.
After the sub ride we went on the Glass Bottom Boat. This gave a different perspective of the reef because we were looking down at it instead of riding through it.
Lunch was served next. There was a great variety of things to eat. I decided to start with some prawns. IO admit that I don’t usually want my food looking at me as I am eating it.
I will say that they weren’t as tasty as I thought they would be.
Do one on our tour opted for the Heli Ride. I didn’t think I wanted to be in a helicopter over the water.
Many of our group did go snorkeling.
Through a window in the platform we could watch the Helmet divers.
One diver was spelling out the wordy “Hi Mom” and snapping a picture of it to send home. Couldn’t get a picture of this, though.
Around 4:00 we boarded the boat and headed back to port. A storm was headed our way but we got back to port before it hit.
You can imagine that after being out on the water all day we all had a good night’s sleep.
Nest week, Cairns, Day 2.