12/11/13 - 12/12/13 35 °C
Wednesday December 11th, 2013 will go down as the day my mind was officially blown. Jess and I took a 2 hour boat ride from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. The crew on the boat said conditions couldn’t get any better with no cloud cover, calm waters and temps nearing 40C (the water temp was around 29C). However, the calm waters did nothing for Jess’ seasickness. By the time we reached our first dive site, Jess had lost all colour in her face and was holding the small white bag... the one you find in the seat pocket on a plane.
When you are on the Great Barrier Reef, you can’t let a little seasickness get in the way. Shortly after we arrived at the reef, Jess pulled on her mask and snorkel and hopped off the back of the boat. First sighting… a shark! While Jess was snorkelling, I was 40 feet below the surface on my first ocean dive. I found Nemo and had my picture taken with 'Wally', a Napolean Wrasse. The guide said he was 4-5 feet long and about 200 lbs. Wally was nice enough to stick around and pose for pictures (I have them on CD, will post later) and let us rub his cheeks.
Daintree & Cape Trib
Thursday we woke up to some RDF (thats rain, drizzle and fog for you mainlanders), but given the temperature had already hit 25C and we were heading for the worlds largest rainforest, we weren't too worried about it. Our 4x4 picked us up at our motel at 7 AM and we headed north from Cairns up the coast past Port Douglas, Mosman and into the Daintree. Our first stop was at the Daintree river where we took a guided boat tour through the croc infested waters in search of 'salty's' (Saltwater Crocs). We spotted a couple, but they were only about 3 feet long.
Next we stopped at a small nature reserve where we got to feed kangaroos and have a BBQ lunch. After lunch, we continued further north through the jungle to a small creek where our guides prepared fresh fruits and Daintree tea for us while we when for a dip in the creek.
Stay tuned for an update on our Whitsunday island cruise…!