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Hey there readers!
Day 5: Port Douglas – Great Barrier Reef
Continuing our Aussie diaries.. today we take you on our memorable trip to the mesmerizing marine life and aqua blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef!
“Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, we saw tons of fish, sting rays and a small shark too!”
The Wavelength Reef Charters tour was a small group tour so there were 10-12 people on the boat. The staff was very friendly and walked us through the safety procedures. There was a medic and a marine biologist on board as well. The marine biologist was fantastic! She gave us some wonderful insights into the marine life we were going to see.
The ride out to the reef was around 90 mins and absolutely scenic. We traveled over the ocean waves as the sun rose into the aqua green water of the oceans. The ride out gave us time to get to know the other tourists, ask any questions that we had and experience the beauty of the reef. We saw dolphins on the way and if you are lucky, you may even spot hump back whales.
The tour itself stops at 3 different reefs – Opal Reef, St. Crispin Reef and Tongue Reef. The reefs are absolutely amazing. It’s like a whole different world under the water! Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, we saw tons of fish, sting rays and a small shark too!
I do have to caution you that my experience was slightly dull because I got terribly seasick. 😦 This was not my first time on a boat and I took a dose of Dramamine before boarding the bus. That did not help. There were pills available on the boat but the crew medic told me not to take them since I had the Dramamine.
“The Wavelength Reef Charters tour was a small group tour so there were 10-12 people on the boat.”
I learnt by lesson the hard way and got myself some Sea Band now. They are extremely effective in handling any kind of motion sickness. They definitely worked for me.
Our first stop at Opal Reef was the ‘ice-breaker’ to GBR. We snorkeled in the calm waters of the reef absorbing the beauty of the life that flourishes in this marine wonderland.
Second stop was St. Crispin Reef. It’s more deep and the water was a little choppier. The crew took us on a guided snorkeling tour of the reef and pointed out all the unique details. We also got to see Nemo! Try and spot him in this pic.. 😀
Our last stop after a delicious lunch on the boat was Tongue Reef. I didn’t really get into the water here since I was so seasick but the others tourists said it was brimming with marine life.
After a well spent day, we headed back to the shore!
“The helicopter ride over Port Douglas is pricey but a definite must-do!”
We got back in time to shower and stroll into town for a gorgeous sunset at Four Mile Beach. Notice how the rain clouds are coming in! Yes, thanks to the tropical weather in Feb, there was a downpour soon afterwards.
Day 6: Port Douglas – Relax Day
As you can tell, we were busy for the first 5 days of our trip. Day 6 was our rest day before he headed to Adelaide. It’s always good to have a rest day in between travelling so that you have time to stop and really appreciate the grandeur of where you are. After a quick morning breakfast, we spent the afternoon lazying around in the pool.
In the evening, we stepped out to enjoy a breathtaking 30 minute scenic helicopter tour of Port Douglas. We purchased our trip from Viator.
The helicopter ride over Port Douglas is pricey but a definite must-do! The entire experience of soaring over Daintree National forest and the Reef is just out of this world.
Look at these pics! How can you not fall in love with Port Douglas?!
The helicopter ride was the perfect ending to our magical stay in Port Douglas.. We were sad to leave but we’ll surely visit again the next few years..
Next stop.. Adelaide!
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