(September 23, 2015) Great Barrier Reef: Inner reef
We’ve got a tour with Seastar to snorkeling at barrier reef.
will take us to two spots where enjoying watching the amazing sea life
at Great Barrier Reef.
The spots marked at map are:
1- Michaelmas Cay
2- Hastings Reef
We cannot take advantage of the hotel’s breakfast
as we’re picked up so early for it: at 7:10 AM. Once at the boat,
scheduled for leaving at 8 AM, we’re offered coffee or tea and
blueberry muffins. They have all the equipment one can need and I wear
a neoprene swimming suit to avoid getting burn as happened in The
We take almost one hour to reach Michaelmas Cay,
which is just a lonely bank of white sand full of birds. The sea is
surrounding it with all the tones of blue it can show in this part of
We’re taken to the cay to start our two hours and a
half snorkeling session here. For the first 30 minutes we’re going
around with a guide, who is showing the place and giving us indications
about the local fauna. The other two hours are for exploring this reef
by our own.
I’m amazed about what I’m seeing underwater and I
come back to the boat to get my wife out with me, as the way coming
here made her dizzy and wanted to wait a while before being at the
water. As she is feeling well now, we explore the reef together.
Time flies and we’re called to lunch at boat when
I still thought we had a lot of time. It’s the best moment, as the
place is getting full of boats ready to get all their groups out there.
We could be alone here this morning enjoying the wonders of this reef.
Then we set sail to the next snorkeling spot:
Reef. The first place is a low deep beach of white sand with blocks of
reef here and there, but this second place is a wall coming up from the
deep until almost getting the surface.
The first 30 minutes we all follow the biologist
showing us the channels to go through with astonishing views and find
the animals to show them to us, as a green turtle.
Then we look for these views by our own until we
go back to the boat with time.
We’ve got enough time for having a ride in the
bottom glass boat. We can see a reef shark on it.
We’re back in Cairns around 4 PM ending this
tour by being delivered in our hotel. We then take a bus to the
shopping area. Tickets are 2.40$ each.
We take our dinner close to the hotel, in a pizza
place. Pork ribs for me and gnocchi for Eva by 30$.