Happy bonfire night, not that the Ausie's know........
We had a big trip planned for today, snorkelling in the world famous Great Barrier Reef. We had a 40km boat ride which took about two hours unfortunately about an hour in Rachael started to feel ill. She went to sit at the back of the boat and spent the rest of the journey throwing up into a paper bag. By the time we got to the reef Tom was also (along with many others on the boat) feeling worse from the rough seas, although we were assured once we got into the water we'd feel much better.
The first dive we spent just under an hour in the choppy waters. It was pretty amazing, the colours of the coral, bright blues and oranges, the number and size of fish was amazing, loads of Nemos!
We went back to the boat but Rachael felt little better for the visit to the water but Tom grabbed lunch, the boat moved a few yards, and Tom left Rachael sleeping and went back in the water.
The second visit was even better, bigger fish and the rock form much better. Tom dipped up and down below the surface and even spotted a fish about a foot and a half long.
Thankfully the boat ride back was much easier, it did help we both fell asleep but it was a bit of a shame we were both feeling ill, we couldn't enjoy it as much as we should have. Turns out being sea sick is very common in the waters, other tours offer free tablets before the boat leaves the harbour.
Arriving back we grabbed a few beers from the Liquor store (supermarkets in Queensland aren't allowed to sell alcohol!!!) and went for our free meal again at the bar, this time we drank water and left without spending a penny, the things Uni teaches you.