Australia was such a huge trip for us that I’m making it a 5 part series! We learned so much and met so many great and amazing people, there is no way I could fit it into one post. We visited 3 clinics throughout our 7 day trip. Everyone was so gracious and lovely that we hope they too will one day come visit us and we can return the favour.
On our trips we usually get to do one or two fun, relaxing things during our stay. Abi and I wouldn’t rest without a trip to the Great Barrier Reef so it was quickly decided that this was a must do. So in today’s post I’m going to explain the many reasons why visiting the Great Barrier Reef should be on everyone’s bucket list!
It was nearing the end of our trip and we had one final flight to Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef. However, there was a huge weather front hitting the north and a lot of the flights were cancelled. Abi and I were completely devastated and vowed to make it there by any means necessary. Luckily we didn’t have to find these other means because we were able to board our flight. After arriving safely and a good night’s rest, we boarded the boat in the early morning hours and made our way out to the Great Barrier Reef! Although there were some looming clouds, they quickly parted and the sun shone for the rest of the day.
After equipping ourselves with snorkel gear, lunch and a tutorial, Karen, Kelli, Abi, myself and Dr. Sapra arrived at Flynn’s Reef for the first dive stop. Diving into the water for the first time was like entering another world. I have never seen so many colourful fish, coral and sea life in my life (maybe on the Discovery Channel!) The water was clear and warm like bath water. We quickly lost Dr. Sapra who we joked was doing laps around the sea turtles (that man can never be still for too long!) The rest of us swam along pointing out all sorts of sea life.
We stopped at two other dive sites on Flynn’s Reef, which managed to be more amazing than the last. In total we saw 3 white tip reef sharks, 3 sea turtles, 2 rays, Nemos, giant clams and a moray eel. This isn’t even considering the hundreds of other species of fish we saw!
It was one of the most amazing experiences of my whole entire life and I’m so happy to have shared it with my ICLS family!