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Great Barrier Reef – Magic

Kirri and me after snorkling smallI had 4 amazing days out on Great Barrier Reef snorkeling in the beginning of April and I had a blast. The animal and coral life is so amazing. I saw turtles, sharks (both sleeping and awake), sea cucumbers, starfish in amazing colours, baby squids, baby sting ray, jellyfish, fish in all colours and sizes and I found Nemo 🙂 – Even though the corals are bleached by the increasing acidicness in the ocean they’re still amazing. I took so many pictures under water and some are good but they’ll never be able to show the real life experience. I chose to take 4 days on the boat and there was always something new to experience on every snorkel even if I had two snorkels in the same reef. The company Reef Encounter has been awarded by TripAdvisor and I must admit it’s deserved.

  • All the crew was friendly, outgoing, helpful and very skilled.
  • The boat was perfect for the “mission”.
  • The Scottish cook made amazing food and there was more than enough – loved his accent by the way. Actually with my diet this is one of the few places where I’ve got amazing food and enough food for every meal.
  • Beside that the service level was amazing in the water. People that couldn’t swim was taken out by one of the crew members with a life saver and life jacket. Everybody was offered either a stinger suit or wet suit.

I chose to up-grade to top-deck because I then would have a personal assistant and since my dyspraxia makes my legs pretty quirky when I’ve been weightless in the water and because of my food allergies/intolerances. For me it’s so important that my safety is in top when having 4 days like this and then I can’t compromise with the food. My assistant was Kiri and she was so amazing and I miss her because I felt so comfortable with her and we had so much fun. She was really good at reading my signals and helping me with respect and so I still had my independence. Even more important but rare I felt we’re at the same level mentally speaking. At the same time I loved having Kiri to show me all the amazing stuff going on at the different location. Without her I hadn’t got the same experience. I must admit, I enjoyed getting the royal treatment.

I loved the security level at the boat like we were all counted 3 times a day where a crew member came around and we had to sign a sheet. Before going out in the water we’d to register and when we got back we had to sign it. One of the diving instructors was on watch and made sure all snorkelers was safe. The first day on the way out to the boat we’re thought the signs for I’m ok, I need a pick-up and I’m in trouble. Later I learned the sign for turtle, sting ray etc. So much fun 😀

You can swim in your swimsuit but depending on the season it’s wise to cover up some how because of stingers. We didn’t have any problem though. The boat have wet suits you can use in the water and if you’re not confident in the water it helps you float too.

The best thing though was the amazing people I met and the friends I got on the trip. I’ll carry you guys in my heart as a precious memory. And thank you to you guys that gave me a hand when needed. Love you guys.

Reefs we visited: Norman, Hasting and Coral Reef

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Jungle surfing in Cape Tribulation

This is by fare one of the best trips I’ve taken.

I was the first one to be picked-up and the bus was of a very good standard. While driving we got a lot of information about the area and outside the city our guide Travers told us about cane sugar farming etc. and all the way he gave us insightful information – rather impressive.

First we stopped in the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. It was more like an extended leg stretching in wonderful surroundings and we got refreshment like fruit platters etc. We could also attend a class about the koala, snake etc. but I preferred to see all the animals and have time for it since I’ve been though a lot of these speeches now 🙂

After Travers made sure we got a rain forest walk so “us jungle surfers” got a jungle walk too and and he really knew what he was talking about and the walk was so beautiful.

We were driven to the pick-up point for jungle surfers where we also got lunch and the rest of the group was taken to a beach/rain forest walk.

The jungle surf was unique and the crew told us about the vegetation all the way though. They made sure we had an extra bag on our harness to private stuff like cameras and medication if people needed that. We each got a helmet with a hero name on and I got “Terminator”:-D
I loved zip-lining through the rain forest between the majestic trees like mahogany and the view was epic from the top of the trees. The guides  took pictures but it was too expensive since they were pretty dark, but it was not a problem since we’re allowed to bring our own cameras and go-pros. I loved zip-lining through the rain forest between the majestic trees like mahogany and I’ll highly recommend it. We had a couple around the 70’es and they did it too even hanging up side down like the rest of us.

We’re all returned to the pick-up point in one piece ;-D where Travers picked us up and then it was ice-cream time. I’ve in my wildest dreams never seen so many choices in all homemade ice cream. I chose the passion fruit/ginger/banana and it tasted really good.

Next stop was the crocodile cruise and even if I had been on one in Darwin this one was different. The boatman/guides daughter was with us and she spotted things before us and knew a lot. The guide was very knowledgeable and showed us several crocs and even a couple of baby crocs (very cute).

Then we unfortunately had to return to Cairns but the trip back was really nice because we stopped at a couple of good places for a quick stretch and stunning views.  I was so fortunately to sit in front and learned a lot from Travers. He’s an inspiration so you’ll have to look up Jungle Tours when you’re in Cairns and ask for Travers.

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At the wild life habitat – birds walking on the sun roof

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2 teen age parrots was in training accoring to having human contact and they were lovely and cheecky.

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On of the trees made this amazing structure.

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Cocoons from a spider

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Kangaroos taking a break in the shade

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Just lovely

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Yeah they had pelicans

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Rain forest walk: a plant uses one of the trees to make a struckture

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and it ends up like this – Nature is amazing

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Roots of the mangrove

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Ms. Terminator ready for a Jungle Surf

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The view from the top

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Look at these magnificent trees

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One of the zip-lines

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I’m being prepared for the next ride.

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One of the platforms in the forest

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Even up side down the rain forest is amazing

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One of the huge trees seen from half way down – epic 🙂

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At the crocodile cruise: The toothless croc got a fish.

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Taking a nap in the shade

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Baby crocs

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Air conditioning in the wild life – open mouth.

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