A day on the Great Barrier Reef appears on most people’s bucket lists, no surprises there, it’s an incredible, beautiful and exhilarating experience.
It’s 2 years since our last visit, about time to head out there again, to brush up on our marine biology and do some PE. Homeshoolers have to find an educational excuse for every excursion.
The boys were 5 and 3 last time we went and weren’t too keen on jumping off the pontoon into seriously deep water.
This time we couldn’t hold them back, they were straight in, I actually couldn’t keep up with D as he flippered and dived about chasing unsuspecting wildlife. Excited little squeaks were coming through his snorkel. He was in kid paradise.
We visited 3 snorkel sites on Opal Reef, part of the outer reef, the best was kept till last. Angus the Maori Wrasse appeared as soon as the boat tied up. He just hung around, he was looking at us, we were looking at him. These are the most chilled out fish in the world. I’ve actually seen them swim into diver’s arms as if they want a cuddle. 2 small boys jumped straight in to get a better look at their new friend.
I’ve posted before about our involvement with Tangaroa Blue, a non profit organization that helps keep our oceans debris free. What better way to reinforce the message to the kids, than to take them to see what they are helping to save?
I’m very proud of my little fish, there are plenty of grown ups that wouldn’t have been so keen.
We spent our day on the Great Barrier Reef with Calypso Reef Cruises, Port Douglas I have to credit their underwater photographer for some of these images. To read more about our day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, please click through.