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Today started with the alarm going off at 6am (so in need of a lie in after a 4am start yesterday). After we were ready, we stumbled to the car for the 5 minute drive to the docks where the high speed catamaran would to take us to the 70km to the Great Barrier Reef (outer suburbs). During this journey, we changed in to our swimwear and liberally applied sun-repellent, as it was forecast to be a hot one today.
On arrival at the Reef, we climbed into our SCUBA gear and made our descent in to the water. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded in all directions by water and hundreds of fish in different sizes, types and hues. It's something we will be doing again, and we'll definitely be doing our PADI course when in Phuket.
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After the 20 minute SCUBA dive, we got back in the water but this time with snorkels. Although not being able to dive deep this time, it was still a great experience and this time I took my digital camera in it's underwater case, with the intention of taking a couple hundred pictures :)
Stumbling around tiredly this morning (not a hangover, honest) meant that I had forgotten to pack spare batteries, so it should come as no suprise that the batteries ran out. Instead of my planned hundreds, I managed a pitiful 3. We will be snorkeling again from Port Douglas, so hopefully I will not make the same mistake twice!
We managed to get in a couple of snorkeling sessions before it was time to head back to the mainland. It was then that I noticed a slight problem: I hadn't accounted for 3 hours or so of lying face-down in the sea. More specifically, I had not properly applied mosquito-repellent to the backs of my legs; there are white streaks where my fingers smeared it on, but generally my calves are a shade coming somewhat close to what can only be described as Ferrari red.
We had a quiet evening watching a couple of movies (the YHA has cable and a large TV - just needed a bar and it would be perfect) as neither of us had the energy to go out. Apparently, Sunday is the day what things get a little more active around Cairns, anway. Hopefully our energy levels will be back to full strength tomorrow :)

Posted by jefranklin 23:01 Archived in Australia Tagged beaches backpacking round_the_world

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