Ah, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the majestic Seven Wonders of the Natural World. If scuba diving in this vibrant wonderland isn’t already on your bucket list, then are you even human?I was initially terrified to set foot in waters I had been warned that great white sharks and the deadly box jelly fish roamed wild. After squeezing into my form-fitting lycra suit required for safety from these creatures, I dove in head first, literally.As the largest living structure on the globe, the Great Barrier Reef is ridiculously rich and diverse. Stretching 2300 kilometres, this beast is so large it can even be seen from outer space. A marine jungle, rich and bountiful, it offers insight into the grand design of our earth. The vivid sea of colors mesmerize at every turn. But don’t take my word for it, take a look for yourself!My family was lucky enough to do not one, but two day trips while in the sunny Cairns of Northern Queensland. First was to the edge of outer reef on the edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf on a Quicksilver Catamaran Cruise.
My parents and I ordered a seafood platter for “two” ($169) at Palm Cove Resort where we stayed. They brought out a massive serving of prawns, calamari, mussels, oysters, bacon-stuffed oysters, bugs (mini flathead lobsters), seafood risotto and scallops. Needless to say, there was still an entire meal left once we had stuffed ourselves to the brims. By far the best meal I’ve had in Australia to date!
Unfortunately we visited Cairns in January, during not only the hottest, stickiest month of the year, but also the worst for the deadly animals Australia is infamous for. We were advised not even to put our feet in the water at the shore, to avoid sea salt crocodiles and box jelly fish stings.