Ciarán & Elaine's Travelog

Monday, September 04, 2006

Great Barrier Reef

Well you can't come to tropical north Queensland and not go to the Great Barrier Reef.

We booked a trip on Ocean Freedom and spent a beautiful day snorkelling over the coral watching hundreds of brightly coloured fish darting everywhere. The coral itself was unbelievably colourful and you could really tell it was alive as it swayed under the water.

The first stop of the day for snorkelling was at Upolo Cay which is a tiny little sand island in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the reef. We even managed to find Nemo in amongst the colourful coral, it was like something out of a movie...
Then there was lunch on the boat while they sailed to another part of the reef where we had another couple of hours to snorkle.

One of the crew brought us on a snorkling tour around different areas which he knew had some really good coral and we were lucky enough to see a turtle swimming by and popping up for air and even spotted some Giant Clams about the size of an armchair.

On the return journey the crew really spoiled us with trays of tropical fruit, cheese & crackers etc - I felt like a rockstar!!
The Great Barrier Reef is just paradise and a magical place and is definitely one of our fave things so far....


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