I decided to re-document my trip on my blog, granted I went the summer of 2002, but many of friends and family really haven't gotten a chance to see everything that I got to do while there. It was the best three weeks of my entire life. It truly was.
To kick off my "Australia" trip segments, I decided to start with one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World that I got to visit (and snorkel): The Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Australia.
We did a day cruise to the reef for snorkeling. The cruise line we traveled was Moore Reef.
The best advise I can give you if traveling out to the reef...beware if you get seasick! I think that at least 90% of the people on the cruise boat got sick during the travel to and from the reef. I remember sitting at the back of the boat (see the photo below) and smelling the stench of vomit from all the people upchucking. It was awful!! On the way back to land my friend Joe, and I went downstairs to get an ice cream cone (they treat you well) but that's where all the really sick people are lying randomly about everywhere...and there we were eating our ice cream. Thinking back about it just makes me laugh!
This is a photo of Joe, me, Angela, McKenzie and Gillie
Sorry the photos aren't the best, I had to scan them in...I mean they are fairly aged now :)
The Great Barrier Reef is amazing. There really are no words to express just how beautiful and magnificent it is. I mean, it can be seen from space! How can you describe that? You can't.
We spotted a rainbow on our way out.
The first view of some coral reef.
And of course some underwater shots from my disposable underwater camera. I took these just while snorkeling! It was my first time snorkeling and it was the best place to do it. Everyone needs to add this to their bucket list!
Every time there is a documentary about the Great Barrier Reef on TV I can't help but watch it. I hope to take my daughter to go snorkeling when she is a teenager so she can appreciate it as much I did.