Queensland, Australia

with Aussie Walkabouts

Home  The Players  Day 1  Day 2  Day 3  Day 4  Day 5  Day 6 
Day 7  Day 8  Day 9  Days 10-12  Day 13  Day 14 

Days 10-12 - Diving on the Great Barrier Reef!

This was probably my favorite part of the trip.  Sheryl and I got certified to dive for this trip.  Diving on the Great Barrier Reef was incredible!  The abundance of life on the reef is amazing!  We saw sharks, eels, rays, turtles, sea snakes, clown fish (a.k.a. Nemo), and some much more!  Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the snorkellers.  The snorkellers only got to go out once a day on each day, whereas the divers had the opportunity to dive 10 times over three days.  If you are considering taking this trip and you are NOT a certified diver, I'll tell you that this part of the trip probably won't be much fun for you.
A one-time-use underwater camera would not do justice to the colors that are down there, so there aren't any pictures from the diving, sorry.
The Oceania, our dive boat. This boat had accommodations for 30 and there were 25 on our 3 day/3 night trip. (87k)
The dive deck with all of our equipment. (106k)
The variation of the colors is quite amazing.  The waters of the reef can range in depth from a few centimeters to 30-40 meters (100-130 feet).  (49k)
The ship's crew. (46k)
Sunrise on the Great Barrier Reef (2500x680, 130k)
Sunset the same day as seen from the top deck of the Oceania (2500x572, 126k)
The seams in this panorama aren't great, but you can see how blue the water is, as well as the variation of the color as the depth changes.  There are parts of the reef that are actually above water at low tide. (2500x459, 82k)
The ship's galley where we ate all of our meals on board. (2500x564, 102k)
Steve-o enjoying the sun on the last day as we return to shore. (118k)
Cora filling in her log book after a dive. (54k)
Katie reads while Sheryl fills in her log book in the galley. (55k)
A water spout we spotted.  Fortunately, this storm didn't come any closer than this. (55k)