January 13 – Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

Today was the day we have all been waiting for.  Today, we checked a wonder of the world off all of our bucket lists. Today, we snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef.


After a relaxing two hour boat ride to the reef, we geared up and made our way into the ocean. From the instant we entered the water, there was beauty everywhere.  The vibrant colors and elegant designs of fish and coral combined to dazzle and mystify as we explored the reef. We came across many of the fish we learned about during the helpful reef teach. We really enjoyed the watching the fish from the slides come to life in front of our eyes.

The first stop allowed us to get a look at some of the deeper reefs; many small fish made the large coral formation their home, while larger fish enjoyed the open water nearby. There were even a few sharks that we managed to see exploring the reef as well.

The second stop featured a much shallower reef, and we were able to get a much closer look at the life below us. The sights opened our minds to the wonder of marine life, and the majestic beauty of the ocean around us. Whether we were floating above, Some of us were even graced with the opportunity to swim with sea turtles.

The Great Barrier Reef was truly a stunning sight with much to offer. Overall, the experience left lasting memories that we will cherish forever.  While we depart from this natural wonder of the world, we look forward to what lies ahead, and the possibility of returning to the reef again someday in our future.

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