Day on the Great Barrier Reef

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This morning I got picked up at 7:15 to go down to dock to hop on the boat tour for a day out on the Great Barrier Reef. I decided to go with Tusa Dives, one because they specialize in diving and secondly because there aren't heaps of people on the boat like some of the other tour operators. I think the most they have is 60ish people and we ended up having about 20 people diving and about 20 snorkelling.

When we got on board they gather the divers together and ran through the plan for the day. We only paid for two dives but they decided to give us an extra dive, so three for the price of two! Quite the nice surprise so early in the morning.

We got to the first dive site and hopped in the water. The water was a nice 28 degrees. A little different than the 22 degree water in Perth and the water in Nova Scotia was a fair off, distance memory.

Nemo! (he was about 3 inches long)
We didn't really need wetsuits but since it's stinger season, we all wore them anyway. We were diving down to about 15m and my camera's only supposed to go 10m, so I didn't bring it down with me. There was a photographer on board and she took lots of underwater pictures for us.

For the second dive I decided to bring my camera down with me thinking it may die but I bought it to use it underwater so why not. We ended up going a max depth of just over 14 m and my camera didn't die so that was awesome. For the third dive, we got to swim through some of the reefs instead of along the sides and on top, which was quite cool.

By the end of the day I had seen lots and lots of different fish, a metre long reef shark, a moray eel, an almost metre long barracuda and a couple Nemos (but no Dora).

The reef is out behind me
The other people I was diving with saw a turtle but I had run low on air and had to go back to the boat early. I have to say, I was expecting the coral to be much brighter and for more of the wavy, tall corals to be swaying around but it was mostly harder coral in not so bright shades. I met a fellow Canadian lone traveller on the boat and he said it also wasn't as bright as he was expecting either but that there were sooo many different types of fish. Compared to Cuba, the colours aren't as bright but I saw too many different fish to count, whereas in Cuba I saw lots of the same kinds of fish.

After 3 dives, we sailed back to Cairns. I spent the 1 1/2 long sail laying out in the sun on the front of the boat half asleep. It was super awesome and a great way to end off the day. All in all, it was definitely a day I won't forget!

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This is the photo I bought from th…
This is the photo I bought from t…
Nemo! (he was about 3 inches long)
Nemo! (he was about 3 inches long)
The reef is out behind me
The reef is out behind me
Big fish that looked to be growlin…
Big fish that looked to be growli…
Getting ready for dive 2
Getting ready for dive 2
self protrait
self protrait
Relaxing on the boat post dices
Relaxing on the boat post dices
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photo by: Katie_Kate