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    • Day566

      Tag 3 im Great Barrier Reef

      October 21, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      The next day diving in the Great Barrier Reef. We have seen so many sharks, parrotfish, nemo and sting rays so far and today we have met the first turtle. Amazing to see them swimming around. Hopefully in the next days we will get the chance to see some more turtles.

      These overnight trips into the reef are really expensive (almost 900$ per person for 2 nights), so we decided to join the Reef Encounter Hostie Program. That means today at 2pm our time as normal guests on board our ship ends and we have to start working on this boat. To stay for another 3 nights and to dive for free we have to clean the dishes, do the laundry and serve the meals on board. It is a very good deal for us, because there are just another 3 guests on board right now. So we don't have to work really much and we probably get another 12 dives for free.

      Der nächste Tag mitten im Great Barrier Reef. Wir haben auf den ersten 10 Tauchgängen schon so einiges gesehen und erlebt. Egal ob Nemo, riesige Papageienfische, kleine Rochen oder unzählige Riffhaie - alle haben wir schon gesehen. Und heute kam auch die erste Schildkröte 🐢 vorbei. Einfach nur schön diese Tiere Unterwasser zu sehen. Hoffentlich bekommen wir in den nächsten Tagen noch mehr zu sehen.

      Allerdings endet heute um 14 Uhr unsere Zeit als normale Gäste an Bord von unserem Boot, denn wir werden Hosties! Das bedeutet ab heute tauchen, essen und schlafen wir hier gratis aber dafür müssen wir einfache arbeiten wie Fenster putzen, Geschirr spülen, Essen servieren etc. erledigen. Aber wir müssen uns zum Glück nicht überarbeiten denn zurzeit sind nur drei weitere Gäste an Bord und auch in den nächsten Tagen werden maximal fünf Gäste an Bord sein. Diese Boote sind eigentlich unfassbar teuer (900$ p. P. für 2 Nächte und 10 Tauchgänge) doch so bekommen wir 5 Nächte und 22 Tauchgänge für unser Geld.
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    • Day567

      Tag 4 - Schildkröte Eric

      October 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Today we met the coolest turtle ever! On board he is already known as turtle Eric. He is famous for coming very close to divers and he loves to eat cameras. We thought it is a joke of the crew until we met Eric today on a dive in the Saxon Reef (Magic Wall). It is probably the coolest turtle ever. We had so much fun diving around with him for a while. Absolutely amazing and our highlight so far!

      Heute haben wir Eric getroffen, die wahrscheinlich coolste Schildkröte der Welt. Bevor es los ging hat uns jemand von der Crew erzählt, dass Eric hier lebt und er es liebt Taucher und vor allem Kameras zu fressen. Wir dachten es sei ein Witz doch kaum waren wir abgetaucht war Eric auch schon da. Auf der Speisekarte heute: Meine GoPro :D Es war ein unglaubliches Erlebnis mit Eric so lange durch die Gegend zu tauchen. Bester Tauchgang bisher!
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    • Day133

      Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

      April 28 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      We have officially returned our Van and taken the opportunity to sleep on a boat this time! We spent one night on a aboard the Ocean Quest to discover the Great Barrier Reef and it was amazing!

      We left early in the morning, and by the time we were introduced to the team on board, met our fellow divers (some really cool people) and tried our diving gear we were at our first diving spot on Saxon reef called The Coral Garden. Our first surprise was that we could actually see the reef from the boat! It is a nice combination of blues, greens and yellows. We did two dives there and managed to see a lot of fish and of course a lot of corals. We also spotted a few sting rays, sometimes hiding in the sand and sometimes swimming, they can go very fast! The first dive was a bit overwhelming as it was the first time we dived at the same time as that many people, but by the second one we got comfortable.

      After our dives we got served dinner and then it was time for "Sharks in the dark". We were told to lay flat and to hold onto a platform off the back of the boat which was lowered so we were just below water level. The captain then threw a bunch of fish food just in front of us which attracted a lot of fish and with them... sharks! They're reef sharks so not dangerous. It was cool (almost cold!) but very choppy so not very comfy, but exciting to see the sharks in feeding mode.

      After all the emotions we had to try to find some sleep in our cabin. It was pretty rocky but our sea sickness tablets seemed to help, that or we were rocked asleep by the boat.

      Next morning before breakfast the boat was underway to our second dive site, twin peaks and after a hearty breakfast we did two more dives. We saw some more fish and nudibranch (these are little sea slugs that can take crazy shapes). Thanks to our diving guides we saw a cuttle fish and a flowery cod. They are big but camouflage really well within the corals so difficult to spot for us!
      Of course we also found Nemo 🤭
      As we can't take pictures while diving we put some pictures from the internet to give you an idea!

      Back on land we spend a day around Cairns in its museums and art galleries. It's a very cute little town with a very laid back vibe, lots of nice restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. Think we may well need to come back one day to see more of the Reef and Cairns seems like a great place to do it from.
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      Traveler

      'Sharks in the dark' sound amazing and scary!

      5/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      Beautiful

      5/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      very Nice

      5/3/22Reply
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    • Day564

      Great Barrier Reef - Tag 1

      October 19, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Now we are in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. Our boat is pretty empty so we can really enjoy it. First stop on our cruise was the Saxon Reef. Here we had a fast snorkeling session before we did our first scuba dive later the day. The first impressions are already amazing. In the next days we will do a minimum of 16 dives, so more pictures to come soon!

      Nun sind wir für die nächsten fünf Nächte mitten im Great Barrier Reef. Nachdem es von Cairns ca. 90 Minuten mit dem Boot aufs offene Meer ging war unser erster Stop das Saxon Reef. Kurz nach der Ankunft waren wir auch schon ein erstes Mal schnorcheln und tauchen. Hier gab es viele kleine bunte Fische, ein paar kleine Rochen und viele bunte Korallen. Ein sehr guter Start ins Abenteuer Great Barrier Reef.

      Übrigens: Die Wassertemperatur liegt bei 25-26 Grad, es weht kein Wind und das Meer ist platt. Hoffentlich bleibt es so :)
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    • Day569

      Tag 6 - Die letzten Tauchgänge

      October 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Already the last day. Before our transfer boat to Cairns has arrived we enjoyed our last three dives. It was an absolute amazing experience this trip into the Great Barrier Reef.

      Bevor es zurück nach Cairns ging könnten wir noch drei Tauchgänge machen. Es war ein mega cooler Trip den wir jederzeit wiederholen würden.Read more

    • Day54

      Tauchschule Tag 3

      November 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      An meinem dritten Tag meines Tauchkurses ging es um 8 Uhr morgens aufs Boot. Wir sind rausgefahren zum Great Barrier Reef (mit dem Boot Seaquest).
      Dort angekommen haben wir unsere Ausrüsting geprüft und uns fertig angezogen (Wetsuit und die Taucherausrüstung).
      Bevor man ins Wasser springt muss man immer einen Buddycheck durchführen. Man prüft mit einem Partner gegenseitig seine Ausrüstung (BWRAF- BCD, Weightbelt, Releases, Air, Final Check). Wenn das passiert ist, geht man zur Bootskante, hält seinen Atemregler und Maske mit der rechten Hand fest und den Bleigurt mit der Linken und dann macht man einen großen Schritt ins Wasser und pustet dort sein BCD auf, damit man schwimmt.
      Im Wasser angekommen haben wir dann verschiedene Übungen gemacht, sowohl über als auch unter Wasser. Wie zum Beispiel sich richtig unter Wasser tarieren, sodass man auf einer Stelle schwebt und nicht immer sinkt oder aufsteigt. Nach den Übungen unter Wasser sind wir das Riff etwas langgetaucht und haben verschiedenste Tiere gesehen. Wenn man lang genug getaucht ist, kommt es zum Aufstieg. Man steigt langsam auf und macht bei 5 Metern einen Sicherheitsstopp und wartet drei Minuten. Danach kann man dann komplett an die Wasseroberfläche aufsteigen. Über Wasser haben wir dann wieder ein paar Übungen gemacht.
      Insgesamt haben wir an diesem Tag 2 Tauchgänge gemacht. Nach dem 2. Tauchgang sind wir mit dem Boot Seaquest zum größeren Boot Oceanquest gefahren, weil dort Viele rübergewechselt haben, weil die Leite ein paar Nächte auf dem Boot verbringen wollen. Ich bin aber wieder mit der Seaquest zurück an Land gefahren, weil ich nur Tagestrips gebucht habe, da ich Übernachten auf dem Boot nicht so mag..
      Somit hat mein 3. Tag meines Tauchkurses geendet.
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    • Day7

      Day 6

      January 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Heute fahren wir bei allerbestem Wetter mit dem Schiff hinaus zum äußeren Great Barrier Reef. Wir schnorcheln am Norman Reef und am Hastings Reef. Dann werden wir mit einem Helikopter zurück nach Cairns gebracht. Wir erleben das Riff auf, unter und über dem Wasser und erstarren ein wenig in Ehrfurcht vor der Schönheit und Vielfalt unseres Planeten.
      Man streiche "ein wenig".
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      Traveler

      Ich möchte da jetzt auch sein... alles richtig gemacht 👍

      1/9/19Reply
      Traveler

      Große Klasse 👍

      1/9/19Reply
       
    • Day23

      Great Barrier Reef

      October 17, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Heute am Great Barrier Reef tauchen gewesen - einfach unfassbar🐟.
      Wir sind mit dem Boot erst zu einem inneren und dann zu einem äußeren Reef gefahren.
      Obwohl vorher noch keinerlei Taucherfahrung, hatten wir uns relativ schnell an die neue Umgebung gewöhnt. 😀
      Beim ersten Tauchgang noch etwas zaghaft, durften wir beim zweiten und dritten Mal ganz alleine unter Aufsicht eines Guides tauchen. Die Farben, Fische und Korallen am Reef waren wirklich unglaublich schön und ein grandioses Erlebnis. 😍
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      Silvia Schwickert

      Das finde ich unglaublich.......

      10/17/16Reply

      Hey ihr beiden,

      10/19/16Reply

      ich habe Gänsehaut bei euren Erzählungen und Bildern und es sieht so aus als das ihr jeden Augenblick genießt.Das ist wundervoll....Sandra

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    • Day40

      Day 40: Deep Sea Divers Den

      August 29, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Picked up at my hostel, ready to go for diving the great barrier reef. These guys know the drill, it's an oiled machine to get to the reefs and dive the great barrier. You really don't need to think off anything and that's also a little what I am missing here. It's good for now but next time I want to decide where I am diving and when. Smaller groups would do it and smaller boats but that also means no overnight stay out there. I thought it would be really far off the coast but it's ok. 1.5 hours I guess? Well the fun thing about many people is the many nice people haha. Great crew and great adventure divers, I am sharing this room with name buddy Daniel haha. From San Fran so he is really cool already. He did this course so I dove with more experienced diver Borja from Spain today without a guide eventually because we know what we need to do anyway ;-). Really relaxed guy, we did the first dive with guide but decided to go by ourselves when we trusted each others skills and that worked out perfectly fine. The 4th dive today I had to do with a guide because it was really special. Fluor diving, with black lights you go night diving and some off the Coral lights up beautifull. Actually you need a yellow screen on your mask and camera as well. The photo's are hard to get pritty in the dark but some moviematerial worked out fine. Actually the dive was really extraordinary anyway. It began with 6 people including guide. Than my buddy wasn't allowed cause you needed to have some experience with night dives. Than we went under and the group scattered a bit but the purple lights were a sign we were with 5. Than after 5 minutes of diving signs at the bottom, the guide left with one of the guys and apparently we had to stay on the bottom. I didn't quite get it because i wasn't the one "talking" with her. But I felt great on the bottom of the ocean in pitch black darkness with only a few purple light arouns. It felt like I was on the moon, I was starring at the surface 15 meters up and just enjoyed that moment of peace on earth. The guide came back alone and it felt like half an hour but the total dive was like 40 minutes. We saw some pritty coral that illuminated nicely when the uv lights were on it. Amazing beautifull and sadly we didn't see any fish light up that way but they should exist. Had a great time and after the dives almost went straight to bed and slept like a baby while rocking sideways on the swaying of the boat. Good nizzzzzzzz ;-)Read more

    • Day19

      David's Snorkeling Experience

      October 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Here's how my experience went.

      First off, let's just say that I was really nervous!! Not sure when the last time I went snorkeling but if I was to hazard a guess it would have been when we lived in California and had a pool. So . . . early 80's? Long time ago and I was a kid, so there you go.

      We got wetsuits for a couple of reasons. Reason one, they are also called stinger suits to protect you from the jellies. Reason two, they should help us not get burnt.

      Well, one for two isn't bad, but we will get to that later.

      Putting on the suit is a comedy unto itself. A real challenge and it cost me quite a bit to make sure that Brenda did NOT film me struggling to get into the suit.

      Anyway, I finally made it in the suit, and dangled my feet over the edge while I worked on my mask and fins.

      A little bit later and I dropped off the side of the boat.

      The mask is pretty good, but the nose area does seem to get some water into it every now and again. Plus I had a bit of a panic as I tried to figure out the correct breathing while my face was under water.

      An exercise in forced relaxation allows you to really start to enjoy the experience. Plus, the snorkel sticks up a fair amount, so I didn't have to worry about water getting in over the top.

      AND the wetsuit actually keeps you quite buoyant. So, there are times you can just drift along and enjoy the experience.

      What an experience it is!! The fish are bright and plentiful, and the coral while isn't quite as bright as I was expecting, looked pretty good too.

      Brenda and I were snorkel buddies, so we did manage to see a lot of the same things. However, there were some notable exceptions. I did manage to see a ray swimming below me along the coral bottom, and Brenda got to see a Turtle.

      The first reef depth was a bit more than the second. Which means the second was a bit more up close and personal.

      We spent a fair amount of time in the water at the first reef. Coming back to the boat a couple of times to fix up equipment (clear fog from the mask) or just take a bit of a break.

      The second reef we didn't spend a huge amount of time in the water, but it was still really nice.

      We got to go along the edge of the reef where it drops off to deep water. Wouldn't you know it, that's where I saw a shark. It was uncomfortably closer than I would have liked (which would have been like a speck in the distance so I could think it was some sort of harmless fish) and even though it's not a dangerous type (It was a white tipped reef shark) I did want to be best buddies with it either.

      After that encounter I stuck to the shallow areas. I signaled Brenda about the shark, but she didn't see it, so we don't have any pictures from the encounter.

      We were both pretty much done at the same time and made our way back to the boat. The second location had a lot more stronger currents and there were times that the water was quite cold, even with the wetsuits. Plus it was a touch more choppy out there. End results were near the boat I tried to swallow some saltwater by timing a mask drain at just the wrong time.

      Not a super pleasant way to end on, but once I got the water out, I felt much better.

      On the way back, the meds were starting to wear off a bit, so I could feel a touch of motion sickness, but it never got any worse, and I feel fine after the trip.

      The back of my legs though . . . they are quite toasty where the suit ended and bare skin began. Going to feel those for a while, but nice thing is, we're headed to a location that is a lot like Oregon, so won't have to worry about sunburns anymore :-)

      We did see some jellies, but managed to avoid them just fine, so no stinging.

      Overall an amazing incredible experience and I could certainly be talked into snorkeling again sometime. ~ David
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      Traveler

      More pictures will be added later.

      10/23/17Reply
       

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