Adventures living as expats.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays

The Great Barrier Reef has always been at the top of my bucket list, so I insisted that we had to see it.  I had no idea what a huge variety we would see.  The pictures paint a much better picture of this part of the trip so I'll (try to) keep the commentary short.  We spent a few days on Heron Island which used to be a turtle canning facility and has now turned into a turtle conservation sight.

We saw a lot of green sea turtles and a huge loggerhead turtle.   Loggerheads are endangered and this guy had 2 tracking tags on his fins.   He looks small in the pictures, but he was massive and our guide guessed he was about 80 or 90 years old!  He was swimming around, eating clams, and generally not too concerned with the snorkelers stalking him.

Munching on clams
Spotted eagle rays 
Keep the ocean clean
This lemon shark sure got our adrenaline pumping!
As if the sharks swimming around weren't enough, the ocean floor was packed full of stingrays, cowtail rays, and shovelnose rays.  There was a few times when we were snorkeling along and realized we were completely surrounded by huge, scary fish.

Next we headed up to Airlie Beach for a sailing trip in the Whitsundays.  We stayed on a beautiful boat and had a blast sailing, snorkeling, drinking wine, and relaxing with 3 other couples on board.
Hoist the sails
Captain and first mate, Jeff loved steering the boat and learning how to sail  
Sunrise on the water 
Whitehaven beach
Whitehaven Beach
Sand on Whitehaven Beach
Swimming with the turtles

Giant trevally
Champagne on the beach with a great group of friends!


  1. Sweet blogging Jesse! Great pics, missin the Whitsunday sailing crew, hope you guys are surviving Jakarta.

    1. Hi Greg! Awesome to hear from you. Let's keep in touch and hopefully meet up again when we're all on the same continent. :-)