Coral Sea

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  • Day2

    Day 2 - Sea day to New Caledonia

    January 5, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Marg woke up feeling a lot better today, so we had breakfast at The Pantry, took our seasickness tablets, and continued exploring the ship. Quite rough seas today...38 knots and 4 metre swells, but we both feel ok. It's amazing how much calmer it is in our cabin on the lowest 4th floor in the middle of the ship...there's a lot more movement on the 12th floor front of the ship!

    We booked some shore tours for Mare and Lifou Islands, then caught the Bollywood dancing at the Oasis Pool deck.

    Had dinner at Dragon Lady (Asian) restaurant before heading to the 7pm show. Marg still not feeling great, but we persevered on to a piano bar for a couple of hours before catching the 10pm adults only comedy show.

    Looking forward to getting off the ship tomorrow at Noumea...
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  • Day6

    Day 6 - Sea day

    January 9, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Sea day today on our journey back to Brisbane. Slept in till 9am, had our usual breakfast before heading to the cooking display given by the Head Chef. Marg was called up on stage to taste and endorse the creme caramel which was beautiful. We then got a tour of the ship's galley...very interesting to see how they cook for such large numbers.

    We've taken a liking to Midori Splices, and Toblerone cocktails, so we've already had about 5 of these by early afternoon as we head to the dome for Gatsby dance classes. Pretty hard to do this whilst the ship is lurching around but we made it.

    Got dressed up in our Gatsby regalia for the black tie event and thankfully we remembered most of what we learned earlier in the day.
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  • Day7

    Day 7 - Sea day

    January 10, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Had a big sleep in till 10am then headed for a quick brekky. Lazed around various parts of the ship with a few cocktails and had a relaxing day.

    We caught the Farewell Show at 7pm, had dinner on the deck then went to the Farewell Party on the Lido deck. This was fantastic as every musician on board the ship took turns in playing, as well as various crew members who got up to sing. Amazing how talented some of these people are!

    We have to be out of our room by 0630 tomorrow so went to bed about 11pm.

    We've really enjoyed our 1st cruise and have already started planning our next one.
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  • Day41

    Noumea, New Caledonia

    January 27, 2015, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅

    January 26, 2015
    We spent the day on the island of New Caledonia. It is at once French and Melanesian. There are baguettes and bistros alongside Kanak people with their brightly colored clothing. We walked and snorkeled and had a pleasant day in what seemed to be the biggest city we've been in since LA.
    We are currently headed to Sydney through the Coral Sea and into the Tasmanian sea which are typically rough so it will be an interesting couple of days!
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  • Day331

    Bye, Bye Südsee...Hello again Australien

    September 23, 2018, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wir nahmen heute Abschied von der Südsee🤗🏝🏖🏜, um auf die große Insel🏝🏖🏜, zurück nach Australien🌏🌐 zu fliegen.🛩🛫
    Vanuatu hat uns, trotz der Preise, sehr gefallen und man hätte auf den verschiedenen Inseln bestimmt auch länger als zwei Wochen keine Langeweile.....😊🤔😊,
    ob man sich die Lavaseen auf Ambrm ansieht,
    auf Malakula in die Kultur der Ambas eintaucht,
    auf Epi mit Dugongs schwimmt,
    in Espiritu Santo Schiffs-und Flugzeugwracks betaucht oder schnorchelt...
    ...und, und....und😊....Es ist eine interessante Welt und wahrscheinlich in ein paar Jahren nicht mehr so ursprünglich und viel touristischer.
    Von Port Vila ging es nachmittags nach Brisbane und weiter nach Cairns, wo wir nachts im Caravella Backpackers ankamen....
    Jetzt haben wir mit acht Stunden im voraus zu Deutschland eine Stunde weniger Zeitverschiebung im Vergleich zu Vanuatu.
    Morgen holen wir unseren Camper und freuen uns auf unsere Tour die Ostküste entlang von Cairns nach Melbourne, in sechs Wochen.😊🚐
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  • Day110

    Great Barrier Reef

    August 7, 2015, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅

    Half-light crept over surfaces, their edges blunted in shadow, as we quietly readied ourselves. Anticipation rustled in our hearts and tickled at our throats. We were beginning our journey to the Great Barrier Reef.

    Such is the popularity of the reef that a plethora of boat charters leave daily from a purpose built terminal at Cairns marina. We checked in, airport style, onto a large white catamaran emblazoned with red and black design. Powerful twin engines roared, propelling us from the harbour and leaving Cairns behind in a trail of white water. We basked under clear sunshine on the front deck as the catamaran bounced on the chop of the open water.

    The size and diversity of the reef provides many different points to explore it from. After 2 hours of sailing we reached an area named Hastings. A patchwork of azure and cobalt indicated the rise and fall of the coral beneath the water's surface, which rocked with small waves capped with white crowns. We changed into our wetsuits and snorkelling gear before descending into the sea. Slipping our masked faces under the swaying surface, breathing methodical through the snorkel and kicking out with our flippers, we made our way out toward the coral.

    In places the coral was so close and the water so shallow that we had to be careful not to touch it as we glided above. The photographs we were able to take do not do justice to what we saw. Fishes bearing the colours of the rainbow swam in and out of alien shaped coral, all within hands reach. We would stare endlessly down upon the spectacle, forgetting our location to the boat and even each other, needing to break our attention away to reconfirm our bearings. An hour passed like minutes before we began to get cold and needed to retire back to the boat.

    We dried out and ate lunch out on the deck as the water glittered in the sun and teemed with fish. We moved on to Michaelmas Cay, a sandbar and bird sanctuary surrounded by coral. We jumped off the boat and swam to the beach from where we sat looking back in a dream-like state. The water lapped at our fins and pushed our bodies further up onto the sand. After catching our breath we made our way back across the enchanting coral.

    Our excited yells were muffled by snorkel and water as we spotted a giant green sea turtle swimming across our path. It's black opal eyes starred back at us as its wide flippers stroked through the water to carry its broad mottled shell. We followed and marvelled at a distance until it settled down into the fur of the coral. It was the pinnacle of an amazing experience that we will never forget.

    On the return journey the catamaran's engines were cut so only the sound of the water lapping at the hull was left. The sails were unfurled, cracking and slapping open as they caught the wind to quietly pull us back to Cairns. Sat on the back deck, we watched the reef fade away on the horizon and reflected on how lucky we were to witness such natural beauty.
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  • Day55

    Day 55: Wreck dive down under

    September 13, 2016, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅

    Driving from Rainbow beach to Mooloolaba why would you take the road if you can drive half of it on the beach? The beach looked like a highway to me, we drove 100 plus sometimes and Georgie's 4WD had no problem with it even with crossing a 30 cm deep stream twice ;-). Actually the beach ride took us 45 minutes when the road would have been 1 hour 20. In total it was just a 2 hour drive I was perfectly on time at the Wharf to prepare my dive to the HMAS Brisbane from Mooloolaba and to say goodbye to my wonderfull travel mate Georgie. We had a great time on all of the east coast and it was very nice to have at least one familiar face around that also keeps an eye on me and the things we needed to do.
    The trip to the dive site was awesome already, this mother whale was teaching her newly born to smash the water with her fin. We were not that far off and could clearly see and hear it, amazing how big these animals are. The first dive was around the ship, the visibility was not bad we were attacked by these stupid black grey stiped fishes all the time. One even bit me in my finger, my counter attack failed in all ways, fish are king here, we don't stand a change. The second dive was even greater than the first. We went all the way through the wreck, from lower parts to upper parts from room to room and all kind of machinery inside. The engine room was awesome and everywhere fish were chilling out. Lion fish, stone fish ( easy to detect when on a metal boat haha) and a lot more. We saw it all, we had 250 bar when going in en 50 when out. These were the best dives for me so far in Down Under Australia. Yeah also the dives went to 29 meters down .... under.... water. Back to Mooloolaba, and check in at my hostel. I called my dearies in Holland and tried to blog but fell a sleep around 2200, I had set an alarm just in case but in the middle of the night I woke up with all my stuff on the top bed and me against the wall next to it in all my clothes. Diving makes you tired??? Noooo way ;-).
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  • Day8

    Mask clearance @ Princess Bommie

    December 15, 2016, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅

    First dive on the live-aboard Spirit of Freedom. This is only one of 2 dives we are going to do on the Great Barrier Reef, the rest will all be on smaller reefs further out from the coast.

    The site is called Ribbon Reef #10 - Coral Princess bommie.

    The crew are very safety conscious and therefore we have to do some skills on the first dive just to make sure everyone is comfortable and ready to dive. This gave me great joy as Isabel previously said she will never do a mask clearance again and here she has to do it again.

    The other skills we had to do was regulator recovery, deployment of your safety sausage and life line radio.

    Let the fun begin!

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  • Day9

    Around the bend

    December 16, 2016, 🌊 Coral Sea ⋅

    Dive #3
    Osprey Reef

    The small tender boat dropped us off and we drifted across the cleaning station to reach the coral wall. We haven't done the backwards drop since we last went diving in Sodwana. This is a bit harder work and more freaky than the usual giant stride of the big boat. The current was faster than expected and we thought we missed the reef. I spotted Loads of sharks hanging about. Roedolf thought I was mad because he kept drifting into me but in fact I was trying to indicate that we are going very deep, Misunderstanding each other under the water is less than ideal. The depth was 39.5m pretty much the max of what a recreational diver is allowed to dive. The visibility was great and we saw loads of fish, I thought it was a fantastic dive.

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You might also know this place by the following names:

Coral Sea, Korallen Meer, Mer de Corail, Mer du Corail, Коралловое море, Коралове море

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