Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day 3 in Cairns

On December 22, we went out for snorkelling trip at Great Barrier Reef and catamaran sailing with Passion of Paradise at AUD139 per person.. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2600 kilometres..

We had the option of going for diving (an additional AUD70)..

The weather was good..

Wet suit for hire at an additional AUD7 (to protect against strong sunlight and jelly fish).. No, we didn't rent the suits.. that's why we suffered from sunburn and jellyfish stings.. Symptoms include an intense, stinging pain, itching, rash, and raised welts. Luckily those were just harmless baby jellyfish..

Many fishes swam near the catamaran..

We brought disposable underwater cameras from Malaysia..

My sister showing thumbs up ;)

My brother and I..

Someone else going for diving.. guests dived and snorkelled at the same spot.. so it's kinda boring.. it was only about 3 metres deep -_-"

The corals were so over-rated.. they were all brown and lifeless.. Were we at the wrong spot? I expected many colours and shapes!

Taunting the birds by the beach..

The currents at the raised platform in the middle of the sea were quite strong.. swept us away and we had to call for help to drag us back to the catamaran.. LOL! It was easier swimming at the second spot - by the beach :P

Yummy fish? :P

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