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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Snorkelling in Port Douglas

Today was the day I had been waiting for - to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier reef. I was a bit worried that it might be a let down as expectations had been so high. But I needn't have worried it was everything I had dreamed of. All the films and photographs really are true. I went on the boat 'Calypso' which takes about 50 people. I was worried at first that this would be too many. But half on board were diving with the other have snorkelling and it seemed one or two not doing either.
We visited 3 different reefs and what surprised me was that there were no other boats anywhere near as I expected all the boats would gather in the same place.

First close up glimpse of the reef. This is part of the Agincourt ribbon reefs.

The sea was like a mill pond which was fantastic for me because I don't travel that well across water.
The temperature of the water was about 23C so there was no need for a wet suit although I did wear a tee shirt to try and prevent sun burn. What surprised me was the size of the fish, I had expected to see quite small but colourful ones. However they were really quite large and all the colours of the rainbow.

These photos were taken from the back of the boat.

I was tempted to buy an underwater camera but on the first reef I was with someone that had one and tney gave up in the end as it was detracting from the pleasure. So I decided not to bother and just buy a CDof the day that the ship's photographer took. It means that at the moment the only photos I have are taken from the boat before and after going in the water.

I like the way the reflections gave this fish a swirly appearance.

The snorklers exploring the reef. We had been told to be very careful and not to touch the coral as we may accidentally damage it. The coral was very close to the surface in places and I had to be particularly carefulwith the flippers.

Arriving back at Port Douglas. I will post some more pictures when I can download from the CD which will have to wait until I get home.



  1. A dream of mine too! I've dived in many places, but never a tropical one... the Great Barrier is at the top of my wishlist!

    Those fish sure looked big from the surface! I thought I saw a Napoleon fish and some trigger fish, but impossible to tell from surface shots... I'll have to wait and see what you pull out of that cd! ;o)

    What a wonderful experience for you! :o)

  2. Wow---that would be a lifelong dream of most of us: snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef... What a fabulous opportunity for you....

    Hope you have a good weekend/week.

  3. I'm so glad you got to see the reef. Snorkeling must have been magic fun. That is still in my bucket list.

  4. Hi there - it would seem that the GBR lived up to expectations - I had a great time there.

    If you dont already know the weather in Melbourne has improved a great deal - tee shirts in the garden this afternoon!

    Stewart M - Australia

  5. Oh, this does look heavenly. The water is such a petty color. I agree that sometimes trying get the right picture takes away from the joy of participating in something unique. :)


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