The Great Barrier Reef!!!!

Ready for a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier ReefMany of our friends don’t believe us when we say that we don’t have time to do much. CairnsUnlimited.com, VisitarAustralia.es, but mostly our Cairns Digital Underwater Camera Rental business keep us busy every single hour of the day. But it’s unforgivable to live in this fabulous part of the world and not take advantage of its wonders. So when Down Under Dive, one of the many diving companies which visit the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, invited us to go on a day tour with them, we left all our responsibilities behind and got ready for a fun day out. About time, isn’t it?

Of course, taking a day off is not easy and we have to work extra hours the day before, getting the cameras ready for deliveries on the day after, replying to all the emails that were on our inbox, etc. And the morning of the cruise was an early rise as well, only to make sure everything was under control.

But finally we got down to the Reef Fleet Terminal, where we met some of the Down Under Dive crew and in no time we were on the boat, heading to the Outer Reef. We were treated like royalty, having the chance to do as much or as little as we wanted to. And to make the most of the day, we did as much as we could: snorkelling, diving, helicopter flight… I had the chance to do two introductory dives, the kind of dives that you do if you’re not certified, which I’m not. For all of you who come to Australia and want to try diving for the first time, don’t hesitate, it’s wonderful and fairly easy. My instructor Marcus (Steve decided that beer and diving weren’t compatible and he didn’t have the heart to abandon his best friend, called beer) gave us a brief before diving, where he explained in detail what you need to do in order to dive safely. And he also showed us a few hand signals, so we could always communicate with each other underwater. And once in the water he always kept an eye on everyone, I felt very safe and I recommend it to every one.

But apart from diving and seeing wonderful coral and fish, we also had plenty of time to go snorkel (it seems beer and snorkelling are not enemies. I think the reasons for Steve not diving are others, but he’ll never admit it). We saw some of the most incredible coral formations, colourful fish and impressive giant clams. Unreal how if you touch one of those clams, they will immediately close themselves to avoid attacks. Even Nemo was waiting for us.

Steve snorkelling at Hastings Reef My first intro dive in the Great Barrier Reef

After snorkelling, diving, talking to great people on the boat, sunbathing, eating and drinking, it was time to head home. And that was when Elvis took over the whole boat, singing, playing guitar, but mostly making people laugh. I couldn’t choose my favourite moment of the day, but Elvis’ show was one of the highlights. Only one complaint, he has to learn a song for the Spaniards.

And here you have some of our fav pics of that day. Of course, they were taken with one of our wonderful underwater cameras.

Wonderful fish we saw when snorkelling More fish on the Great Barrier Reef
Gian Clam The Great Barrier Reef from a helicopter scenic flight

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13 Responses to “The Great Barrier Reef!!!!”

  1. Bri Lehman Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing you guys! I’m really glad to see that you’re having fun and taking advantage of what is surrounding you. Keep the good times coming!

  2. Hector Says:

    I’ll trade you a round of Spanish ham and tortilla tapas for a day of Australian sun shine! it’s freezing and wet over here in Madrid!!

    Enjoy the reef guys :)

    -Hector

  3. Mercedes Says:

    your life is awesome!!!!! I want to do the same….one day I’ll go…it’s impossible not consider such a beautiful place. Maria, will I see you soon???? big hug for both :) p.s. I dream with an helicopter flight!!

  4. Miss Rose Says:

    LOVELY photos. I am so pleased you are able to enjoy each other and God’s beauty!

  5. Alfonso Morcuende Says:

    STOP living my life… Please return it to me.

  6. Guillermo Says:

    Hey, nice pics… I miss the one of you guys drinking margarita under the water ;-)

    Keep posting these pics, they are beatiful and looking at them gives us a moment of wonderful dreaming relax while we work at the office.

    Keep in touch, Guillermo

  7. Timmi Atteberry Says:

    Looks like fun, I so wish I could come down and go diving with you all. One of my dreams is to dive in Austrailia. I wanna see the great whites. For now, I guess I will dive the Emeral coast of Florida. If your ever back in the states, you can stay with us and we can dive Florida. Happy Thanksgiving Mate, Timmi

  8. Genevieve Says:

    Hi guys, CanĀ“t wait to see you at Xmas, trust me you will be tanner than any of us here. Kisses, G

  9. Chris Coogle Says:

    I can’t believe you would torture those of us stuck in cold, wet, dreary climates with pictures of your absolutely perfect weather! You should be flogged with a wet noodle until you apologize.

    Great pics, you @#$%!@#@!@!!!!!

    Seriously, glad you guys had a day off to relax and enjoy yourselves.

  10. Steve Says:

    Hi all, thanks for your comments…

    Bri, we sadly haven’t been making the most of the natural wonderland that we live in here (too busy working) but we hope that will change soon, and that we are able to take a day off as a regular thing…

    Hector, we hope to share a round of tapas with you soon…

    Merce, you know you can always come and visit. All you have to do is get on a plane and a nice person in a cap will bring you all the way here. Yes, I’m sure you will see Maria soon…

    Rose, there are many, many more beautiful photos to be seen at www.cairnsunlimited.com/cameras_photos.htm

    Alfonso, no way HOMBRE. You’re not getting it back. It’s ours now…

    Guille, I tried drinking a margarita underwater but it tasted too salty (and a bit fishy)…

    Timmi, you’ll be sorry to learn that great whites don’t tend to hang out on the reef. Here, we just get reef sharks… very cool creatures. One of them swam past us when we were snorkelling. It was about 1.5 metres long, but we didn’t even notice it until it had passed. We got one good photo as we tried to follow it, but it just disappeared into the distance…

    Gen, Maria is tanning up nicely, buit I’m afraid the surgeon who cut chunks out of my back advised me that my sunbathing days are over. We tend to go to the pool early in the morning, when the sun isn’t so strong. Otherwise, I try to stay in the shade of one of the palm trees… que cruz tengo…

    Chris, you never know if Maria may enjoy being flogged with a wet noodle. Until then, we will continue to do our best to make you jealous. Of course, we don’t boast about the previous twenty or thirty days which we spent stuck in front of the computers…

  11. Sally Gazzard Says:

    Hi You Two: I am your fellow Cairns CouchSurfer. Just got back from two months in Europe and was hosted by some of my guests from Europe earlier this year. What a wonderful operation is said CS. It was glorious to come home to Cairns. I also feel wiser and more informed about the world at large. Hope we all can get together here in Cairns in the not too distant future. Keep up the good work. Sincerely Sally Gazzard

  12. alice Says:

    Thanks for sharing Steve and Maria…..great pics…..it’s even cold here in Florida. Glad you two are enjoying the sunshine..

    Alice

  13. Brett Claxton Says:

    Great stuff groovers, welcome to the GBR!! Hope all is good, Brett.

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