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  • Day4

    Revisitation of the Reef

    February 15, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    In 2015 we were on a different island here on the Great Barrier Reef, called Orpheus. On that trip we went out on a boat to snorkel the Reef and yesterday we repeated the trip. We actually sit on the Reef here at Lizard but we sailed out about 30 minutes away to find a favoured spot. There were 5 other guests on the boat and it turned out all the others were scuba diving and as Tracy was sunbathing on the front of the boat ....only Ken was snorkelling! The good news was Ken was accompanied by the official resort camera man and two other guides, so had plenty of “fish spotters” pointing out lots of fish he would have missed. It was a great trip revealing sharks, rays, giant eels and a host of fish. We are arrived back weary but full of fish stories!Read more

  • Day1

    Hats off to the Jelly Fish!

    February 12, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Today was our first full day here on Lizard Island. The weather was perfect and after a substantial breakfast we set up on the beach outside our villa for some serious sunbathing. The last time we were in Australia Tracy bought an Ecuadorian sun hat (at a considerable cost!) and promptly took it to Portugal, where it remains. Tracy decided she needed another sun hat and unfortunately (for Ken) the boutique was open and she found one! After a pleasant morning lying on the beach Ken decided to go for a swim and snorkel. We were advised by the resort to wear a “stinger suit” and after seeing a number of jelly fish on the beach and in the sea Ken agreed to wear the suit! Getting in and out of the suit would have made a hilarious video but, fortunately for Ken, Tracy could not stop laughing long enough to get the camera out!Read more

  • Day6

    Wow what a whopper!

    February 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The Australians will tell you that the waters around the Great Barrier Reef are the best for fishing in the whole world. Well yesterday we put that to the test and went out for some deep sea fishing. This was the first time Tracy had ever fished with a rod and a reel and it proved to be a great introduction! We sailed out with another couple and when the guys rigged up the rods the first thing we noticed was that the lures we would be using were bigger than the fish we had caught in the Philippines! The second thing we noticed was that the boat kept moving so that it appeared our lures were swimming to the big fish we were after. Initially it looked like we were going to be unlucky and not catch anything when suddenly Tracy’s rod bent over double and she was called up to bring in a huge Spanish Mackerel! The guys even had to club it over the head to quieten it down. Great fun!
    Today is our last day here on Lizard Island and we packed up after lunch and flew back to Cairns where we will head down to Melbourne for the night. Tomorrow we fly across to Vietnam for the last leg and adventure of our 2019 trip.
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  • Day3

    Ken's Valentines Picnic with the birds

    February 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Today is the 14th February, the most romantic day of the year, and Tracy set Ken the task of coming up with something special! After much discussion with the staff here at Lizard Ken came up with concept of a little boat trip and then a picnic on one of Lizard’s many secret beaches. The original plan was for Ken to pilot the boat out to the secluded beach but once Tracy saw the amount of booze we were taking she sensibly insisted we got someone else to take us out and back! The seagulls here are clearly used to picnickers and they followed Ken around like dogs looking for scraps! We saw our first lizard today. These are not as big as the ones in the Philippines but it was still fun to find one.Read more

  • Day22

    Lizard Island & Ribbon Reef #9

    August 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    The morning started early with a hike up to the summit of Lizard Island to Cook’s Lookout. Captain Cook climbed up here to get away from his broken ship troubles and to scout a way out of the Reef. He found a good way, but hadn’t brought navigation tools to mark the route. So he ended up missing his planned route out, once the ship was repaired, yet still slipped through safely elsewhere. The hike up was strenuous , but the views at the top and the emerging flowering plants were well worth it!

    After a ‘second breakfast’ (like Hobbits!) the divers suited up and went out with the dive master, Robbie. Darryl was under the weather and sat out the dive, and Diane’s air tank valve sprung a leak after 10 minutes, ending her dive. There was still plenty of air, and we were in shallow water, so not a big concern. Diane switched to snorkeling , while Nance continued the dive with the other diver in our group.

    Around lunchtime we set sail for another part of the Reef, called the Ribbon reefs. Darryl wanted more time to get over his cold, so Diane and Nance went with a family of 3 and dive master Robbie. Again, there were many coral formations to see, and some royal blue sea stars with long arms. We were down at around 35 feet for about half an hour. We felt like we were still working on our technique and getting used to the sensation of breathing underwater for extended periods.

    Overall, temperatures have been pretty comfortable both day and night—probably in the low 70s—a little less wind would be nice. Sometimes the sailing is a little rough, but Dramamine has been working for all of us. The nights have been too cloudy to do any more stargazing. The other passengers are friendly and the crew are great.
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  • Day8

    Lizard island

    December 15, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We got on a flight in a small aircraft from Cairns to Lizard island, where Spirit of Freedom, our live aboard dive boat awaited us in a pretty idyllic setting. The sight of the reefs made me incredibly excited of what we are going to experience.

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