Great Barrier Reef and Cairns
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
189Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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The trip out to the reef was a breeze and we had a steady 10 knots of wind which meant both sails were up and we were cruising along swiftly. It takes just over 3 hours to get to the first dive site, approximately 40km out to sea
The crew onboard were great, we ate and drank like kings and were also 'treated' to some live entertainment in the form of Karaoke on a 6 inch portable TV. We each had to sing a song to earn our dessert after dinner and the performances had most of us in stitches or withering in pain. I was convinced we would find a few reef dwellers floating bottom up the next morning with blood seeping out there ears, fortunately fish don't have ears and sound does not travel too far under water.
Safely back in Cairns we decided to splash out on our last night in Australia and have an expensive meal. Driving through Cairns as the sun is setting was quite an experience as massive Flying foxes come out to hunt. The sky is literally filled with the prehistoric looking bats cruising the skies sending most the lorikeets (small colourful parrots) into a frenzy as they dart and dive through the trees trying to escape the bats, quite a sight to behold
The next morning I was up early as the credit in the air conditioning ran out and deicide to let Inge-Marie sleep in take a walk around the marina and boardwalk to watch the sunrise. Cairns really is a wonderful place, remove the humidity and it would be perfect, I guess that's what you get when living in the tropics.
We will be back for another visit.