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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

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HEY ALL
WOW........... THE BEST THING IVE DONE SO FAR IS MY INTRODUCTORY DIVE ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF .................
I BOOKED A DAY TRIP TO THE REEF WITH A SWEDISH GIRL CALLED MARIA... THE DAY INCLUDED SNORKELLING AND A 30 MINS INTRODUCTORY DIVE. IT COST $100 WHICH IS ONLY 40 QUID SO QUITE CHEAP AND AT THE TIME OF BOOKING WE WERE UPGRADED TO A BETTER BOAT AND LOCATION WHICH WOULD HAVE COST $300 FOR THE SAME PRICE.....COOL!!

WE ARRIVED AT THE BOAT FOR 8 AM AND WERE GREETED BY THE FRIENDLY STAFF WITH TEA AND BISCUITS. IT TOOK 2 AND A HALF HOURS TO GET TO THE PART OF THE REEF CALLED MICHEAELMAS CAY. I SNORKELLED IN THE SHALLOW WATERS FOR ABOUT 1 HOUR TAKING LOTS OF PICS WITH AN UNDERWATER CAMERA I HAD HIRED. THE FISH WERE COOL THOUGH MOST WERE SCARED OF THE BIG CAMERA AND THE CORAL WAS BEAUTIFUL.

AFTER SNORKELLING I HAD A LOVELY SEAFOOD LUNCH THEN IT WAS TIME FOR MY INTRO DIVE. BY THIS POINT IM FEELING QUITE SICK AND A VERY QUICK INTRODUCTION TO EMERGENCY PROCEDURES DIDNT HELP !!!
JUST MYSELF AND MARIA WENT DOWN WITH THE INSTRUCTOR,MARIA NOT BEING NERVOUS AS SHE WAS ALREADY CERTIFIED AS A DIVER.
THE INSTRUCTOR PUT ON ALL MY EQUIPMENT AND ASKED ME TO ROLL BACKWARDS INTO THE WATER.........STRAIGHT AWAY I THOUGHT NO CHANCE.........I M TOO SCARED TO JUMP INTO THE KIDS POOL AT THE SWIMMING BATHS. BUT THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO RIGHT NOW SO HERE GOES.................

TURNED OUT TO BE REALLY COOL ALTHOUGH AS PART OF THE DIVE YOU HAD TO TAKE OFF YOUR MASK AND TAKE OUT YOUR MOUTHPIECE UNDERWATER I DID PANIC FOR A SHORT TIME. ALSO EVERY METRE YOU HAVE TO EQUALISE AS YOUR EARS REALLY HURT.
ALTHOUGH IT WASNT AS CLEAR 15 METRES DOWN AS WHEN SNORKELLING. STILL SEEN SOME LOVELY FISH INCLUDING NEMO....THE CLOWN FISH...WHICH WAS NICE.

WANTED TO CARRY ON SNORKELLING AFTERWARDS TO TAKE MORE PHOTOS BUT THE DAY WAS COMING TO AN END.
HAD A GREAT DAY THOUGH AND ON THE WAY HOME DRANK SOME WINE WHILST THE BAND WAS PLAYING
REALLY PROUD OF MYSELF ANDWILL DEFO DO THIS AGIAN DOWN THE COAST AT SOME POINT.

Posted by TUTS 16:34 Archived in Australia Tagged round_the_world

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