We took a two hour boat ride from the port in Cairns and arrived at the Great Barrier Reef. This has been labeled as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It is composed of 2900 reefs across 1600 miles on the north eastern coast of Australia.
We all started with a snorkel dive. The reef is about 10-15 feet below and the visibility is excellent. We were at a reef called Norman Reef, one of the outermost reefs which is surrounded by deep water.
Here is a picture of Annika below. After a short 10 minute snorkeling lesson, she was off on her own.
Here is one of a maori wrasse fish I was able to capture that swam up along side us.
After the snorkeling, me, Nikhil and Vikram went for a couple of scuba dives.
The boys took to the water like fish! They scuba dived to 12-15m deep which took them to the bottom of the reef. We saw turtles, giant clams, clownfish, an eel, sea cucumber and lots of other fish.
We picked a perfect sunny day for our dive.
We returned after a full day of snorkeling and diving. The next day would take us on an adventure into the outback.