SKYDIVING AND SNORKELLING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!!!
Well it has been a tough couple of days for me and Katie in our world of tough times of beach, sun and general no work. In essence we have in the last two days skydived from 14000ft and snorkelled on what is widely becoming known as the 8th wonder of the world - The GREAT BARRIER REEF. Read below:
As one of the main things we always wanted to do when we got here (this was not apparent why as we waited in the bus ready to go), we book three days in advance and finally get our call at 3:30 ish to go up in the plane in order to jump our 14.000 ft down to solid earth ground with the hope of only a parachute to save our necks. As we rise into the air and my instructor tells me about the lovely view of the reef and the beaches i start to pretty much soil myself (Katie has a long time ago lol). After a half an hour climb the green door opens (wow the wind lol) and Katie goes first. Knowing my time is soon (really soon) i again soil myself as the instructor pushes me out the plane (WHY WHY WHY did we do this ???). As my face makes shapes i didnt know it could and i turn into what Katie describes as a hamster (how nice hehe) my instructor films me falling and then the sweet relief when the parachute opens and my instructor lets me control the parachute as we fly safely to earth with a bit of a bounce. With a few bruises on Katie from the pull on the parachute and shaky legs we arrive back on the ground safely and can now tick off one of our things to do in Queensland Aus. God what a rush (You should all watch the DVD when i get back lol - its so funny mine and Katies lol)
As the second part of our adventure tour of two day extreme ness we are picked up at 7am (not used to this for a while lol) and taken along one of the most beautiful coast roads known to man and arrive at port douglas where our boat (free food and teas,coffees lol) takes us to the Agincourt Reefs (Basically the outer barrier reef where the water is not as cloudy and where it drops off 2000 feet in an instant - thats where the big sea creatures live lol). As we arrive at our first dive spot after a swift travel over the water we are given stingray suits (no one said there was stingrays lol) and after looking as attractive as we can (photos soon lol), we head out with our snorkel gear and after a little bit of breathing difficulties we are sorted and are amazed by not only the coral, but the colours, the amount of fish and just general vast everything here including the clarity of water. After an hour swimming and a few photos with our rented underwater camera we head to our further two sites where it just gets better and we dont want it to end. As we head back home we decide we are going to go for a proper scuba dive out her too to give it a real go and if anyone ever comes out here, then this is the must at the top of the list as tv and pictures do not even do it justice.
As the two activties are now done, we pick up our campervan tomorrow and head to our real life of backpackers sleeping in campsites or who knows under the stars..... but for now keep your eyes posted for more blog entries.
James and Katie