A Tale of Masks, Sharks and Underwater Cameras....
Port Douglas, Queensland
Day 73 Port Douglas
Oh what a beautiful morning - sun, sun and more sun. A leisurely breakfast eaten outside looking at tropical plants with dappled sunlight playing upon the leaves of banana palms and some very strange plants that I have no idea what they are called. A little light exercise was called for afterwards, especially as we had spent all day yesterday in the car. We had been looking at some brochures about snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and visiting the rainforest so decided to go and book Calypso for Friday after we had bumped into a couple in the supermarket yesterday that we had met at Airlie Beach. They said they were going but Bill wanted to ask a few questions so we went in search of their office down at the Marina. I wanted to buy a new snorkel mask so whilst I was trying them on Bill went and booked both trips. Boy do they know how to charge over here and no chance to negotiate as all the companies charge the same; they call that anti competitive or a cartel at home! I managed to find a mask that fitted really well even though it cost an arm and a leg, I had used one on the boat that was a really good fit and it improved my confidence a lot so hopefully this will do the same. After a quick coffee on the Marina and a lunch of Banana Prawns and salad we went across the road to the beach to swim and try out my mask. The beach is called Four Mile Beach and is like most we have encountered here almost deserted. There were probably a dozen people in the area of the lifeguarded stinger netted area and that was it. The beach is bordered by coconut palms and looks like a desert island and the water is crystal clear and as warm as bath water. I went into try my mask which worked well and then Bill found a small shark half buried in the sand inside the net, apparently the lifeguard said they buried themselves under the netting - great eh. They are apparently not dangerous and he was completely unconcerned. Bill took the camera in to film it and wham - camera doesn't work, it won't switch on. Somehow our underwater camera has got water in it the day before we visit the Barrier Reef, can you believe it!!!! Currently trying to dry it out but am not holding out much hope; have bought a disposable camera just in case so it's doubtful we'll be posting photos tomorrow and maybe not for the rest of the trip if we can't get it working as it's the only one we have with us save the Flip video camera and my phone. Talk about timing.......