The Great Barrier Reef
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We arrived in Cairns quite late in the evening and checked into the Caravella 149 backpackers on the Esplanade. Our room was a bit pokey but at least it was all ours and the rest of the place was nice and spacious. We only stayed there for a couple of days anyway as we had decided to treat ourselves for Christmas by staying in the Pacific International Hotel. That was much more to our liking as we were even given a free upgrade to deluxe room, which was nice.
Anyway, when in Cairns, it would be rude not to go and dive the Great Barrier Reef. We did this on Christmas Eve and as we wanted to make sure to get the best possible trip that you can do in a day, we decided to go as far North and as far out on the reef as possible. Here there is less population and therefore less pollution, hence better visibility.
On Christmas Day we went down to the lagoon (there isn't really a beach in Cairns) and threw some shrimps on the barbie. As we were cooking, we had our photo taken and were in the local paper the following morning. We didn't really do much for the rest of the day except chill out in the sun and then went back to the hotel for a room service dinner. We had our proper Christmas dinner on Boxing Day at a restaurant on the esplanade as a treat from Cecilia's parents.
We didn't really do much more of interest the rest of the time we were there except some planning of future events. We left at midnight on the 27th and took the overnight Greyhound bus to Airlie Beach for our Whitsunday sailing trip.