Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
7Trip End Jun 15, 2007
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Wednesday was an Australian national holiday - Anzac day - which meant it was compulsory to go out drinking in the evening! Having no idea where to go we decided on joining a bar crawl - the frog and toad bar hop - turned out to be a good move. Lots of free and cheap drinks and some really fun games, including cane toad racing!
Changed hostels today, cheaper but still very nice and with its own pool! Spent the morning lazing in the sun and then wandered around trying to find cheap / free diving in the afternoon, gave up and bought some new fins instead!! But did find a tree full of absolutely enormous bats...........
Have had a brief trip away from Cairns down to Alice Springs and back and I did have some luck on the diving front - got a job volunteering on one of the dive boats as a hostie, which means helping out with cleaning/washing up etc in exchange for food, accommodation and diving! Spent 5 days on the boat Ocean Quest with Deep Sea Divers Den and did a lot of diving! Was up at around 5.30am, and in the water for the first dive at 6! Then it was straight out of the water and into the kitchen to help with breakfast, followed by another dive at 9. After the 9am dive I was vacuuming and cleaning rooms until lunch time when it was back to washing up! Helped out with the transfer of passengers after lunch and then got back in the water at 4pm, then it was dinner time so more washing up and most nights made it in for the night dive at around 7pm - but that wasn't the end of the day, we had dessert after the night dive so I had more washing up to do before I finished at around 9pm! Long days but definitely worth the effort. I finally got to dive with sharks!
Saw cuttlefish, triggerfish, sweetlips, clownfish, all the usual reef fish, parrotfish, a ray, cleaner shrimp, lionfish and so much more (have lots and lots of pics!)
After 5 days getting back to dry land was quite strange, found things swaying a bit for a while after I got back!