Trip to the Great Barrier Reef
Today we travelled to the Great Barrier Reef on the Whitsunday Cruise Line. The crew were most welcoming and gave us a history of the area and talked about why the Great Barrier Reef is such a special place. We were worried about sea sickness but we were very fortunate that no one showed any signs of queasy stomachs. Everyone was able to enjoy the delicious morning tea, lunch, and even an afternoon tea. There was no shortage of food on this journey.
The turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef are breathtaking – but dip below the surface and the water is teeming with bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral. Some of us even saw turtles swimming below the surface. We were required to wear stinger suits (there is a danger from jelly fish stings). The water was approximately 29 degrees. We were able to snorkel, and some students even signed up to learn how to dive, to explore this World Heritage site.
We also were given the opportunity to peer out from the underwater observatory and to take a ride in a semi-submarine to see the fish and coral reef. We arrived back to the harbour at 6:00 PM, tired but filled with many memories of this beautiful location.