Today Kevin and I were up before dawn (and before the fruit bats went to bed) to catch a boat out to the Barrier Reef. It was along and very tiring day,but absolutely worth it as far as we are concerned.
The boat we chose was the SeaStar. We chose it because it offered one of the highest times actually on the reef of any of the cruises on offer — a combination of a fast boat and concentration on reef time rather than tourism. The SeaStar and her crew certainly delivered on this. Indeed, given how exhausted we both are, we could perhaps have done with a little less reef time. But we have only one day on the reef, so we wanted to make the most of it.
Some of you, I am sure, will have no great interest in swimming around a coral reef looking at fish. That’s OK. But for us it was an awesome experience — more so for Kevin as he’s never been here before. Me, I just love the sea, and fish. I am, to be rather corny about it, in my element here.
There are downsides, of course. We are sunburned. This was probably inevitable. We are fairly careful with the sunscreen, but once you go in the water it washes off. The crew gave out wet suits to help protect us, but they didn’t cover the lower legs and we both have badly burned calves because those are bits of you that poke above the water a lot when you are snorkeling.
We do have photos (including, as requested by a certain Hugo-winning podcast editor), one of me in a wetsuit (it is not a pretty sight). However, these do need processing, and the underwater cameras we bought shoot film rather than digital so they will have to wait until we get home.