The Great Barrier Reef
Undeniably one of the most well-known spots in the world, I got to visit the Great Barrier Reef in January 2013. Randi and I had to check-in at the marina in Cairns at 8am, then set aboard the Ocean Freedom.
We had signed up for a Intro to Diving class which was just a brief tutorial on the boat and instructions that we must hold the hand of our diving instructor for the entirety of our dive. We had to wear stinger suits in the water because of the deadly jellyfish that patrol the waters of Queensland throughout their summer season.
After we were suited up, strapped in, and in the water, we explored the highly protected Great Barrier Reef for about 20 minutes. We saw the most beautiful coral and colorful fishes; we even found Nemo. Unfortunately, we never got to see any sharks, but I can’t be too upset about it…
Once we were out of the water, we relaxed at the front of the boat with a Corona, occasionally jumping in the water to snorkel around or cool off. The water was unreal and a photo can just not do it any justice. This was one of the many once-in-a-lifetime experiences I’ve been thankful to have during my Australia trip.