Great Barrier Reef!!! (1)

Reef from Above

Reef from Above

I had a great time out on the Reef. I did a 3 night live aboard trip with a flight out to Lizard Island to start with, and then a cruise back along the Reef toward Cairns. The flight was a nice way to get an overview of the Reef. Also, all the dive sites were more than 100 kilometers from Cairns, which is a good thing because a lot of the Reef is getting damaged from high density tourist use. A number of things I read were quite pessimistic about the future of this massive reef system that runs all the way up into Indonesia. The tour I went on was very aware of the need to make efforts to preserve the Reef.

Flying in Formation over the Reef

 
Flying in Formation over the Reef
On Approach to Lizard Island

On Approach to Lizard Island

Spoilsport, our home for 3 nights

Spoilsport, our home for 3 nights

I did my PADI certification for scuba back in Auckland a few weeks ago. I had difficulty equalizing the pressure in my ears and had some fluid in my ears after that (four flights in a week with pressure changes highlighted that I still had some problems with equalization), so I ended up snorkeling the whole time. Of the 12 dives, there was only one that I was somewhat disappointed that I wasn’t able to go under water.

Parrot Fish with Remora

Parrot Fish with Remora

Reef View

Reef View

Every time I went out, I saw more and more amazing things, the kind of things you generally only see in books or documentaries…

Unicorn Fish Close-up

Unicorn Fish Close-up

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Puffer Fish

Puffer Fish

Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle

Trigger Fish

Trigger Fish

I’ll post some more photos in another blog…

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