“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Day 219 – Wednesday 9th December – Great Barrier Reef

A fantastic night’s sleep meant we were collected from the campsite by the Calypso reef company bright-eyed and raring to go. We boarded the boat from Mission Beach about 9am and stopped at Dunk Island to collect a couple more people, before arriving at the Eddy Reef around 10:45am. Gorgeous sunshine, clear, smooth water and a nice small group to spend the day with.
The reef itself was incredible. Pristine, colourful and teaming with life; fish of all colours shapes and sizes. A few small jellyfish, a stingray, starfish and some weird sea slug things. We held one that was about two feet long, looked like Doogle from the magic roundabout and stuck to our hands even underwater.
After a buffet lunch on the boat, Ant went down for another dive, whilst I took the underwater camera out with my snorkelling gear. I really can’t find fault with any part of the day (astounding for me I know!), the reef simply has to be seen to be believed. It really is one of the natural wonders of the world.

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