Great Barrier Reef

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  • Day148

    T1 - Whitsunday Islands

    March 18 ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    ▪️Sind zum Sonnenaufgang um 6 Uhr zum Cape Hillsborough Beach gefahren, um Kängurus und Wallabys beim morgendlichen Seed Pots futtern zuzuschauen, welche an den Strand angespült wurden - unglaublich schön!
    ▪️Nach dem Frühstück sind wir 1,5h weiter zum Whitsundays Check In nach Airlie Beach gefahren
    ▪️Um 13 Uhr machte die Power Play die Leinen los und holte den Anker ein - auf gehts zu den 74 Inseln der Whitsunday, welche größtenteils unbewohnt sind
    ▪️Wir sind 20 Personen + 2 Crewmitglieder auf einem 3 stöckigen Katamaran, wo wir essen und schlafen werden
    ▪️Marlene und ich teilen uns eine Kajüte mit 2 Engländern, Dan und Taylor
    ▪️Haben Stand Up Paddle ausprobiert - ganz schön wacklige Angelegenheit :P
    ▪️Am Strand im tiefroten Sonnenuntergang spielten wir Volleyball mit den anderen Tour-Booten
    ▪️Zurück auf unserem Katamaran haben wir den Abend bei einem leckeren Goon und einem lustigem Gespräch mit den deutschen Mädels, Britt und Malena, ausklingen lassen
    ▪️Konnten Baby Haie beim Fische jagen beobachten - der erste Hai, den ich gesehen habe :D
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  • Day68

    Whitsunday Islands - Tag 2

    December 7, 2018 ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Es ist 7:00 Uhr, der Katamaran erhält vom Wind hin und wieder einen ordentlichen Schub und unser Frühstück wartet. Die ganze Nacht hat es in Strömen geregnet. Das wird uns auch den Tag über nicht erspart bleiben, wie wir leider feststellen werden. Wir, das sind neben mir noch 24 weitere Gäste + 3 Crewmitglieder an Bord der Wings II. Ab und an erhalten wir zumindest eine kurze Regenpause und nutzen die Zeit nach dem Frühstück für eine kleine Schnorchelrunde. Die Sicht hat sich natürlich nicht verbessert, dafür hat der Skipper etwas Fischfutter (pallets) dabei. So haben wir das einmalige Erlebnis inmitten der Trevallys, Longfin-Batfishes (Langflossen-Föedermaisfisch) und sogar eines Napoleon Lippfisches zu sein, als sie nach dem Futter jagen. Aber auch hier war wieder die Ansage: „Nicht anfassen, nur anschauen!“
    Nur mit einer Meeresschildkröte hat es noch immer nicht geklappt. Die verstecken sich wohl vor mir. 😔

    Kurz nach der Schnorcheltour heißt es dann festhalten, denn es geht aus der Bucht raus auf eine längere Fahrt um die Insel herum. Das Ziel: der wunderschöne weiße Strand von Whitehaven Beach. Er gilt mit einem Quarzgehalt von nahezu 99 % als einer der weißesten Strände der Welt. Wir ankern in einer Bucht und werden mit dem Beiboot an Land gebracht. Ein kurzer Spaziergang durch den Wald, bei dem es wieder anfängt zu regnen, und wir erreichen 3 Aussichtsplattformen die einen tollen Blick über den Strand freigeben. Die Aussicht ist wunderbar, wäre bei Sonnenschein aber atemberaubend und definitiv ein Abbild des Postkartenmotivs. Schade, dass das Wetter uns hier im Stich lässt. 😔
    Wir wandern dennoch runter zum kilometerlangen, weißen Strand, um kurz unsere Füße in das glasklare Wasser zu stellen und machen die Erfahrung, dass Regentropfen gepaart mit ordentlich Wind wie 1000 Nadeln auf der Haut sein können. Es wird also nur ein kurzer 10-minütiger Aufenthalt an diesem wunderschönen Ort, an dem eigentlich 2 Stunden zum Baden, Sonnen etc. angedacht waren. Aber, man kann ja nicht immer Glück haben.

    Zurück an Bord heißt es dann, raus aus den patschnassen Klamotten und rein in irgendetwas trockenes. Tasse Kaffee oder Tee zum Aufwärmen gegriffen und bald darauf bringt uns der Skipper den gleichen Weg zurück in eine ruhigere Bucht für die Nacht. Die Zeit vertreiben wir uns mit Gesellschaftsspielen, Gesprächen oder dem Anblick des aufgewühlten Meeres. Alle 5h nehme ich brav mein kleines Erdbeertablettchen und komme so wunderbar mit dem Seegang klar. Als wir die Bucht für unsere 2. Nacht auf See erreichen, bekommen wir nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit wieder Besuch von den Giant Trevallys. Diesmal sogar noch mehr als gestern.

    Mitten in der Nacht werde ich dann, wie viele andere auch, wach, weil es einen ordentlichen Schlag gegen den Rumpf des Katamarans gibt und der Wind mit einem ordentlichen Schub das Boot seitwärts dreht. Das muss dann der Moment gewesen sein, an dem die Crew mal kurz an Deck ist, um nach dem Rechten zu sehen, wie uns 2 Mädels, die oben in der Küche geschlafen haben, am Morgen erzählten. Der Wind treibt das Spielchen noch weitere Male bis zum Morgen mit uns. Ich gebe zu, das Gefühl einmal im Kreis gedreht zu werden, während man im Bett liegt ist schon etwas merkwürdig. Aber irgendwann wurde mir mal erklärt, dass es schon einiges braucht, um einen Katamaran zum kentern zu bringen, also versuche ich einfach noch bissel Schlaf zu bekommen. 😉
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  • Day52

    Ein Tag am Great Barrier Reef

    March 23 ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Wenn man schon in Australien ist, sollte man schon einen Abstecher zum Great Barrier Reef machen. Genau das taten wir heut auch. Mit Passions of Paradise gings raus zu zwei Plätzen zum Schnorcheln und Chillen am Boot. Viele bunte Fische und Korallen gab es zu bestaunen

  • Day11

    Life is just on the other side of fear

    August 19, 2015 ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Looking back years ago from now, I would never have thought I would do the things I've done today.

    Fear is a funny thing, holding you back from real living.

    Monday I saw the rainforest at his best. For 7.5 K I actually flew over the Barron Gorge National Park. Just metres above the foliage of skyhigh ancient trees, looking straight down into the depts of the rainforest. Feeling free from fear and being able to really submit to this adventure, I think is the best thing this day has brought me.

    The same feeling came over me yesterday when I was off sailing the Great Barrier Reef. For I didn't bring my tablets for seasickness, I already heard some horrible stories and just forced my breakfast... I could feel my stomache turning just now.
    When we came on to the boat our funny host did an introduction, spreading seasicknesspills for, as he said; the backpackers like the free stuff :)... I decided not to take one.

    We sailed to the outer Reef and went snorkeling on two magnificent sights. I've never really had much up with fish. I just cant be bothered staring at fish or go to an aquarium. And to be honest I never really liked the idea of fish touching me. 😝. You can imagine I never really thought snorkeling was for me.

    Boy, was I wrong! I had seen some coral before but when I finally got used to breathing throw the tube and the fact that I was floating in this deep ocean, I found this reef as one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
    Sadly, I wasn't able to take pictures so you would have to believe me on my word. Like you probably heard before the variety and colors of the fish and the coral, and even swimming within two metres of a shark, I can't descripe, only one word came to me then: majestic.

    While waving on the sundeck, overlooking the wide ocean, the sun sprakling on the waves, I sincerly loved it, like I never thought I could.

    ✌️

    ...

    Morgen volgt de toeristische versie met wat foto's 😝.
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  • Day27

    Day 27/72: the best day ever!

    November 23, 2018 ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We woke up early and walked down to Airlie Port to board our boat out onto the Great Barrier Reef. The reefsleep guests (people spending the night on the reef) had their own tables reserved, and we spent some time filling in forms and getting our itinerary from a guide. During the beautiful 3 hour boat journey to the reef there were lots of presentations by the photography team (telling us how to order both the above water and underwater photos they would be taking through the day) and the diving team (giving us a demonstration on how to dive...) which we ended up booking straight away.

    Once we got to the reef, all the day guests and us scrambled onto the huge pontoon sat on the edge of the reef and we quickly put on our stinger suits and flippers and went for a snorkel. The reef was incredible, so many fish we couldn't count, and so many different types of coral.

    After morning tea and a buffet lunch, we were feeling sufficiently like we wouldn't float any more, and headed to the diving team for our dive. They set us up with weight belts, oxygen tanks and all the gear, and explained that we would go down into the moon pool (!) and practice kneeling underwater and breathing. Because it was an introductory dive, our guide explained she would be holding our hands, taught us some hand signals, and how to clear our ears every 1/2meter we went down. They also taught us how to inflate our life jackets if we ever found ourselves on our own or anything.

    The sensation of breathing underwater is absolutely bizarre, and concentrating on your breathing that much just feels weird. After a few minutes we ended up getting used to the feeling, and she grabbed both our hands and led us under the ledge out of the moon pool. After 5 minutes or so she asked if we were okay to let go of our hands, and we swam along side her, staring around in awe of all the coral and fish we were seeing. It was surprisingly hard to control whether we were sinking or floating, and more than once she ended up pulling us up or down to keep us at the right depth.

    We came back up absolutely buzzing, it was one of the most amazing things I have ever done in my life. She congratulated us on being quick to stop panicking, and spoke to us while we took off our tanks about how she'd ended up moving from London to Aus to become a scuba diving instructor.

    We snorkeled again until we had to get out to wave the 158 day passengers off on the boat back to the mainland, and the 14 of us reefsleep passengers had the pontoon to ourselves! We met the team who would be there over night, and quickly found a turtle nibbling at the seaweed growing on the edge of the pontoon. When the boat had safely got away we went snorkeling again with the turtle, who was completely unphased by us being there.

    We had to stop snorkeling by 5pm because it started to get dark, and the staff could no longer be on look out and rescue because they had jobs to do to prepare dinner. The staff always have one person out on look out and if the helicopter (that was doing trips all day) sees a shark on the reef (a scary one, not a reef shark) then they radio to the staff and they get in tenders and scare away the shark. They also have huge fish (about 2-3m long) living around the pontoon which are very territorial and gang up on any shark that comes into their territory. (or that's what they tell us to make us feel better, still slightly scary swimming over the 50m depth around the pontoon to the reef).

    The sunset was absolutely beautiful, we all had showers and had our antipasti platter and drinks while watching the sunset over the sea. The moon was very nearly full and the tides were quite big, the reef was really out the water. One of the boat guys took us on a trip up to where rivers run through the sea when the tide gets that low: a phenomenon that only happens every 6 months or so for one night. They seemed to think that a tide drop from 3.2m to 1m was big, I told them they hadn't seen Guernsey tides.

    Dinner was served, huge fillet steaks and a butter bay bug (some big shrimpy thing). Dessert was lovely; chocolate cake and lemon tart. One of the staff them took us down into the underwater observatory and helped us identify coral, sea snakes, crabs, and all kinds of fish floating past the windows.

    We headed up to our swag quite early, it had a clear panel where we could see the stars while lying on the comfy mattress, although it did get warm without any ac.
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  • Day28

    Day 28/72: Day 2 on the Reef

    November 24, 2018 ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    What a day! We woke up to the light from the sunrise coming through the fly sheet on our swag. It was about 0445, so we pulled up a chair and sat on our pontoon, looking over the reef, drowsily saying hi to our fellow reefsleepers who'd also woken up to catch it. We watched the sky turn from deep red through to blue as the sun that we had watched set the night before, rose to announce another day in Australia. While the sun was rising over the reef we happened to see a reef shark swimming along the edge of the reef! A very rare sight that close to the pontoon! It was such an experience, and we got another hours happy sleep before breakfast.

    We packed up the swags and headed for a breakfast of toast, bacon and eggs, yoghurt (yo-gurd), and fruit. Delicious! After our breakfast a turtle decided to join us by the edge of the pontoon. We then chilled out and read in the morning sun, feeling the wind slowly pick up before our morning activity; a surprise snorkel safari! The staff were kind enough to try and make time to take us out, although I'm sure they enjoyed the trip just as much as we did. They took us on a boat to the other side of the reef to experience something different. There were less fish on this side of the reef, but a much greater variety of coral which Katie the guide was very excited about. As everyone else got left behind in the strong current, we followed Katie along listening to her describing various aspects of the coral, how if you see blue tips it's good as that's growing coral, however if it's all blue it means it's stressed and is on the brink of bleaching (for example). It was very interesting stuff, and the more we slowed the more we saw. It was hard work swimming against the tide, a large one as it was the full moon, and we were almost glad to reach the pontoon for a break. Before long we were back in the water though, for a last swim before the day trippers arrived.

    The day followed similarly to the previous one. We snorkelled, daring to go deeper and swimming with a great variety of fish and turtles. We dived, and had Flic the same dive instructor as the day before. This was great as she let us off the leash early on, and we had a brilliant dive searching for baby lion fish, puffa fish, and swimming with Maggie who is about 1.5m long (insert her fish type when I remember). It was fantastic and got us hooked on diving, so much so that Izzi made contacts and got info about coming back and working on the reef to get diving qualifications! We had a lunch and one last snorkel (with turtles!!) and then it was time to say a sad goodbye to our little pontoon. We sat on the boat and watched the pontoon grow ever smaller, thinking back over the past couple of days dreamily as we made our way back to Airlee Beach.

    That evening we went for some pizza and banana/oreo milkshake, and returned to the hostel, shattered after a couple of the best couple of days of our lives.
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  • Day93

    The Great Barrier Reef

    June 15, 2017 ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

    Why did I come to Port Douglas? To get a reef trip 😎
    I could wait until I'm further south but Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused a lot of damage down there, so today was the day.

    I went for a full day trip with Wavelength to the outer reef - that's 90 mins each way and 3 snorkels. The great thing that's different about Wavelength is they have marine biologists on board who give a couple of entertaining and informative talks during the day. Just fab!

    I'll do even more pics when I have more power and better internet, whenever that is!
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  • Day43

    Schiff ahoi :)

    February 20 ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Heute gehen wir an Bord der British Defender, auf der wir die nächsten 3 Tage verbringen werden, um die Whitsunday Islands zu erkunden. Abends stand Hawaii Party am Programm. Mit der Gruppe ist es lustig. Alle sind gut gelaunt 😎

  • Day37

    Australia - day 31

    April 6 ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    Today we woke up and packed our bags to check out ready for the Atlantic clipper boat around the whitsundays!met up with two girls from Reigate for breakfast who we hadn’t met before but had mutual friends so thought we would meet up! Hung out with Katie and Ellie for the morning and then Millie and I walked to the check in spot for the boat! Met up with Hannah who was on our clipper and we had met in her in noosa already. We all got on the boat and met everyone before having drinks on the deck and chilling all together. Sat in the hot tub with some welsh boys and girls and as we were in there it torrentially rained but was so much fun! luckily the rain only lasted 5 mins then had sun all afternoon! they got out a slide on the side of the boat so we went on this 100 times and swum in the sea! Had dinner and danced all night on the boat!!Read more

  • Day82

    Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Inseln

    February 17, 2017 ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Heute haben wir von airlie beach eine Bootstour zu den Whitsunday Inseln gemacht:)
    Insgesamt standen drei Stops auf dem Plan. Erster Stop war Bali Hai, hier durften wir ein bisschen schnorcheln und noch einmal das Great Barrier Reef bewundern. Der zweite Stop war dann auch das Highlight - der Whitehaven Beach 😍 nach einer kleinen Wanderung zu einem Lookout mit atemberaubender Sicht, ging es dann natürlich ins Wasser zum Baden 😁
    Den Abschluss bildete der Besuch auf Daydream Island. Hier gab es Wallabys zum Anschauen und mehrere Pools zum entspannen:)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Great Barrier Reef, Bol'shoy Bar'yernyy Rif, The Great Barrier Reef, The Great Barrier Reefs

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