The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland
10.29.2012 - 11.01.2012 90 °F
Marlin: So, Mr. Turtle?
Crush: Whoa, Dude. Mister Turtle is my father. The name's Crush.
Marlin: Crush, really? OK, Crush. I need to get to the East Australian Current. EAC?
Crush: Oh, dude. You're ridin' it, dude! Check it out!
We have just returned from our "live aboard" scuba diving trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef outside of Cairns, Queensland. We boarded the Prodive 30 meter vessel with 30 other divers, 5 crew members and 1 cook (amazing food by the way). In 2.5 days, we completed 11 dives in 4 different sites, including 2 night dives along the reef. Our daily schedule included 2 morning dives, an afternoon dive and a night dive. Visibility was excellent, the reef was beautiful and the marine life was everywhere. Everyone on board was so nice - representing countries from all over the world. It was the most unique experience and the best way to experience one the natural wonders of the world. We enjoyed great food, a lot of laughs, sunrises/sunsets over the reef and great company. By the last day, we'd all become good friends and went straight to the pub for Halloween dinner and drinks in Cairns.
- **ANIMAL UPDATE*** While diving, we saw very diverse and unique marine life, including Nemo (clown fish), green turtles, parrot fish, angel fish, blue spotted sting rays, cuddle fish (looks like an alien), barracuda, white and black tip reef sharks, grey sharks, giant clams, hard and soft coral, and much, much more. The highlight of one of the night dives was finding a GIANT, 123 year-old green turtle that the crew had named "Brian." As Lukin says, "that thing is the size of a dining room table!" Personally we thought it should have been named Crush, but Brian was also a fitting name.