|PHOTO BY LUIZ FERNANDO CAMPOS FURLAN|
For our last holiday in Australia, we travelled north expecting something very special. And the Reef delivered. Big time.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin...
|PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WILLEMSE|
Ed took on an introductory dive and enjoyed it so much, he took to the depths for a second time the following day. My diabetes meant I couldn't dive, but snorkelling presented its own unique challenges/ excitement.
Our skipper, Jase, declared: "the swimming pool is open" - one of his less crass soundbites - and snorkelling commenced. My fear of what lurks beneath dissipated when my goggles revealed the first wall of coral. Seeing this underwater world in such clarity was like swimming in the world's biggest fish tank.
The marine superhighway was teeming with fish of all colours and sizes. Smaller specimens darted in front of our faces, dark shadows criss-crossed in the deeper waters. Sea cucumbers lay motionless, startlingly blues starfish stretched their limbs. We swam around coral, between coral and over coral. Fish were everywhere and my misgivings about the ocean were nowhere. What a feeling.
we became friends in Sydney, but I fully expect the two Rachels to stay in touch beyond 2012.
Lloret de Mar,
Ed and I have done some trips in our time and this was right up there with the very best.
Maybe one day I'll be a travel writer and then my words can do justice to such fabulous corners of the globe. For now, though, I hope these ramblings underline my point that the Great Barrier Reef is most definitely worth the hype, and the trek to get there.