The Great Barrier Reef
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Jumped on another overnight bus and was shattered by the time i arrived at cairns at 6am got in to the hostel had some breakfast and fell asleep for a few hours. Investigated cairns, quite nice, bigger than a lot of places i have been to on the east coast but not a city. Lay on the grass by the sea front for a while in pseudo sunny conditions for an hour. Although it was not sunny it was nice and warm up in cairns. Went on a night out in cairns, it is supposed to be legendary, it was fairly average.
Was fairly hungover the next morning but headed in to cairns to book a trip to the barrier reef and successfully did so and spent the rest of the day lounging and the weather was rainy and cloudy and horrible so there was not much to do
Woke up next morning and was taken off to the port to be taken out to do some snorkelling on the great barrier reef, the sky was quite clear, the sun was out and moods were high. The sun quickly disappeared and the seas became very choppy, about 8 people were sick on the boat. It takes about an hour and a half to get out to the reef which suprised me a bit. Got there, put the wet suit and all the gear on and jumped in to the water which was actually quite warm. I do not know whether it was because of the weather but there was disapointingly little to see. There were a few fish but far fewer than i had seen in fiji and the cook islands and there i had not had to get on a boat to sea it, just walk in to the sea.
After about a while got out and was given a nice lunch and we moved locations, only about 500m down the reef, here there were a few more fish but not many, and there were really strong currents pushing you away from the reef making it hard to see much good especially with the bad visibility because of the clouds. 2 people had to be rescued because they were pulled so far away from the boat, nothing serious though. Finally when i did get out the water and we were heading back the sun came out however there was still a serious wind blowing and the sea was very choppy on the way back. That was my only trip in to the sea in 8 months of being in australia.