Monday, December 24, 2007

The Great Barrier Reef

Merry Christmas Eve greetings from beautiful Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia.

It's just after 7:30AM and the temperature is hovering around 80 degrees, and the humidity is considerably north of that. To say it's muggy is, well, an understatement.

Our travel day from New Zealand to Australia was long, but uneventful. We arrived in Palm Cove around 11PM Saturday night and we slept fast. Our tour to the Great Barrier Reef picked us up shortly after 7AM.

Our day on the reef was superb. We sailed and snorkeled and sunned and relaxed. It was very, very nice. The snorkeling was absolutely fabulous: Many different types, shapes and colors of coral surrounded by a wide variety of fish. Thankfully, no sharks or stingers! It was all quite beautiful.

We didn't take an underwater camera with us, unfortunately. But, we did manage to snap a picture or two while we journeyed around in a semi-sub. The picture above hardly does the reef justice. We were underwater enough to lose color. From just below the surface the colors are stunning.

We've scrapped our plans to journey into the rainforest today in favor of staying a bit closer to our home away from home. We've heard that part of the Palm Cove Christmas Eve tradition is carolers strolling down the esplanade along the beach. We can't wait to see what beachside carolers wear in 90% humidity.

Merry Christmas Eve!


John B. said...

Hi guys, cousin John from Missouri here! Just got back yesterday (Sat.) from a weeks vacation in CO and have been catching up on your travels. Sounds like you're having a great time. Didn't see clarification on whether or not there was a bungy jump. What's up with that?

By now I guess it's Christmas day for you, so Merry Christmas!

P & M said...

Just keeping you guessing for now on the bungy, John. Hope you had a great time in Colorado. Merry Christmas!