This is going to be a super long post. Caution: Picture Explosion.
I’m trying to get as many pictures in here as I can…I seriously think I took thousands of pictures and hundreds (I know this) of videos on this trip. The first day we flew in, we checked into our hotel for a night and just hung out at Airlie beach where we boarded our boat the next day. We had about 24 hours to kill so we shopped around (me for swimsuits, and Robbie for what food we’d eat that night). Tried some kangaroo, crocodile and emu that night for an appetizer and it was sooooo good! I was shocked the croc was so delicious! #tastedlikechicken
We boarded our catamaran at about 4pm and watched the sun set over the water and it was so beautiful for our first night on the boat. I was so nervous I was going to get sea sick but luckily neither of us did! We had a few choppy days on the water and the tide that was coming in with the full moon was making the water cloudy so that’s why some of the pictures underwater aren’t as good as the ones you always see online! (which 90% of those are totally photoshopped by the way!)
Every time we got back onto the boat there was another fish jumping out of the water, or a turtle swimming next to us. Our crew was soooo knowledgable about every single thing and they knew off the top of their heads just about every bird, coral and fish we ran into while on our trip.
Snorkeling will never get boring. I seriously wouldn’t mind just spending the rest of my life underwater. There SO MANY species of fish and coral it’s overwhelming!!! Our first snorkel I seriously was screaming through my snorkel because there were so many fish.
This morning we woke up at 6am, drank coffee and got into our wetsuits for an hour+ to snorkel. What an adventurous way to start your day! We had to try and aim for the times that the tide would be low so we could get super close the coral.
After the snorkel we headed to Whitehaven Beach which is considered one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and it WAS. The sand is made of 98% silica. It’s sort of a mystery and they don’t really know how it began to be such smooth, tiny sand grains. The water was crystal clear too and when we got there we were the only people on the beach!
The next morning we got to hike up the island that overlooks Whitehaven and Hill Inlet. This is so insanely beautiful (I was crying of happiness because this was one of my number one things I’ve been dreaming of doing and thank goodness I had my sunglasses on) The beach where we anchored didn’t even have sand–it was all coral!
We ended the trip with another amazingly beautiful sunset across the water. I seriously kept saying to Robbie I couldn’t believe this was real life! We felt so fortunate to have these experiences and are so thankful our jobs both allow this travel time.
Once our sailing trip was over (tears), we still had another 5 days to spend up in Cairns! We booked a couple more snorkel and scuba excursions those days. Obviously we are obsessed now haha. We had a car rented so we had the chance to relax on the sea life and do a trip to the surrounding rainforest where you can hike to see waterfalls and wildlife.
The Cairns area had even better clarity for coral/fish because they didn’t get hit as hard by cyclone Debbie. We did a day trip to Fitzroy Island and it was really worth it. Fitzroy Island was just an hour boat ride off the coast of Cairns. Paddle boarding, snorkeling, a water trampoline etc. The island was gorgeous and well known for sea turtle sightings! Which was my NUMBER ONE thing I was hoping we’d see! They let us get so close. I was bawling into my mask and snorkel when we saw the first turtle! I actually just got emotional writing this, so weird. It was just so unbelievably exciting to have something you always dreamed of happening — happen! So happy-LOL. There were little black fish that were so friendly too. I remember the one time snorkeling and swimming fast and they seriously were up against my face mask and I sort of felt bad I ran right into them haha! They are in the pic below!
Our last, and most exciting event was the scuba/snorkel trip to the Outer Reef. I’m so glad we booked this last minute! The weather ended up clearing up and being okay.
The boat pretty much stopped in the middle of the ocean and anchored and the crew was so entertaining and funny. WE FOUND NEMO. This was seriously the best coral and fish! I would like to say that I was so nervous on the trip out about scuba diving that I almost puked while the guide was giving his brief. It just makes me so anxious. But the amount of cool things we ended up seeing once we got down further in the ocean was so worth it!
How amazing is the giant clam?! It looks like it belongs in star wars or something haha!
What a great way to do a honeymoon even if it was a year and some months late, I’m so glad we waited and got to do everything on our list!
We ended up getting a huge book about the reef and I’ve just been reading about all the fish and coral we saw. It’s fun to look at the videos and be like “Omg! What kind of crazy superpower does this fish have?!” All of them are so different and interesting. We love you GBR!!! We hope to make a trip again before we leave because it was just that cool.