2015 Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef Day!!!  It started out much the same as the day before.  Except at this point, we had to go to the Great Barrier Reef as we were out of time.  We walked down to the Quicksilver offices and were told it was going to be a rough sailing, but it was a go.  Nilufer decided to spend the day at the beach instead (as she gets motion sickness).

We get on the ship and they greet us with motion sickness pills or ginger pills.  Jessica and I both opted for the ginger as neither of us really get motion sick.  Let me tell you, that was one crazy boat ride!!  I love the water, I enjoy boat rides, but that was 90 minutes of huge waves.  There were several employees standing around with barf bags just in case.  And several people needed the barf bags.  Oh boy.  I almost lost it due to the smell of the cleaning solution.  But finally we docked!  We were at a massive pontoon and there was a buffet lunch.  There were several options – snorkeling, snorkeling with a guide, scuba diving, a semi-submersible, and an underwater viewing area.

Our first stop – snorkeling!

Let's go find Nemo!

Let’s go find Nemo!

There was a platform and fairly large roped off area where you could snorkel.  Oh my gosh, the coral, the fish – it was amazing!!  The colors of the coral and the fish don’t translate as well via pictures, but I’ll share a few of my favorites.  Those fish were fast!








And more coral

And more coral



I could have spent a lot of time out there but finally I came back on the pontoon to enjoy the buffet lunch before taking a ride on the semi-submersible where I saw a sea turtle!!

Mr Turtle!!  (not the greatest picture...)

Mr Turtle!! (not the greatest picture…)

Before we knew it, it was time to get back on the boat and head back to Port Douglas.  This time, we bought the sea sickness pill and the trip was slightly more enjoyable.

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