Canavan Transpacific Journey 2018 travel blog

Pacific Highway

The beach in Port Douglas

Warning number 1. Didn’t have any. Thank Goodness

Warning number 2

Opal Reef

More on Pacific Highway

Coconuts in the surf

Artistic design made by sand crabs!


Out on the water

After Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the state of the Northern Territory, we flew to Cairns in the state of Queensland. I forgot to mention before, Qantas still feeds you on flights over 2 hours! So civilized! Upon arrival in Cairns we had a transfer up to Port Douglas. The drive was beautiful. It was called the Pacific Highway and rivaled our own Pacific Coast Highway in California. Stayed at the Ramada resort outside of town. Just so so. Pretty property. Like a rain forest which the area is in. We walked about three miles on the beach into town. I got to beachcomb and found some interesting things. Also kept a close eye out for salt water crocs. Fortunately did not see any. The next morning it was time to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Went with an outfit called Waevelength. We would highly recommend them. They were professional from our hotel pickup to drop off. The crew was very efficient, friendly and caring. We snorkeled in three different spots on Opal Reef. Each spot was a bit different. The first was a coral garden. The second had more coral walls and the third was a lagoon. The coral formations were beautiful. Most were browns and beiges. We saw some bright blues and purples also. We learned that the colorful ones are the unhealthy ones. Healthy coral should be brown or beige. White are the bleached ones. The entire crew were marine biologists and assured us that the Great Barrier Reef is doing okay but would be better if we humans can reduce our carbon footprint. We also saw turtles, lots of colorful parrotfish, giant clams, clownfish and much more. Hopefully some of our underwater photos will turn out.

After over 8 hours, needless to say we were exhausted and decided to stay at the hotel for dinner. Next morning we headed back to Sydney.

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