Paul and Elizabeth's Adventures in Oz

Day 15, Tuesday, September 10, 2002—
Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef —
We left Port Douglas at 10 a.m. with Quicksilver Connections for a full day Outer Barrier Reef cruise. After arriving at the pontoon platform, we immediately boarded one of the semi-submersibles for quick (15 min.) tour of some of the coral and fish that we could expect to see while snorkeling. We had a great buffet lunch, then checked out the underwater viewing area and changed into our swimming togs. While Paul had snorkeled before, Elizabeth hadn't and was a bit nervous about the experience. She finally opted for wearing a flotation vest just so she'd feel a bit more comfortable in the water.

While there is some colorful coral in the area we snorkeled, it was explained to us that the color of the coral depends upon the color of the algae it attracts. Most of the algae in this area is brown, so most of the coral is brown. Not dead, just brown.

An hour and a half later, Elizabeth had to be all but pulled from the water as she had grown to love the experience! Paul had a bit of a problem today as his moustache wouldn't allow his face mask a good seal, so when we get to the Cook Islands, the moustache will have to go.

Wavepiercer Boulder Coral
The Quicksilver Wavepiercer
Boulder Coral as seen from the semi-sub
Plate Coral Stag coral
Plate Coral (on right) as seen from semi-sub
Stag Coral as seen from semi-sub
Snorkel platform
Snorkel area
The area where we snorkeled
Snorkeling platform
Yep, that's Elizabeth!