Good morning adventurers. It's another awesome day here in Australia. Got up at the butt crack of dawn
6 a.m. not that bad
We actually went to bed early but I slept horribly you guys I got this bad cough. I'm trying to get over
Today, we are marking another thing off of our bucket list
If you thought we were coming to Cairns and not going and visiting the Great Barrier Reef?
You are wrong (You are almost..!)
You're wrong but is school holidays right now
We had a heck of a time finding someone that could let us on board
We were emailing and calling people last minute being like, please
Can you squeeze us in and finally we found a tour that's gonna take us out there
So it's called the Great Barrier Reef for a very good reason.
It is the largest coral reef in the entire world
It stretches over 2300 kilometers and can actually be seen from space
We're boarding in about 20 minutes
But there is a little cafe behind us that might convince Eric to get a cheeky little coffee and then we'll be sailing off
Well, we found our vessel
This...a bit smaller than I realize
I knew that it only allowed 25 people on the tour
But I just didn't think about how that would mean that the boat is really small
So we might be getting a little seasick
One thing I really like is that it has a hole covered back in so no sunburn for me today
We're officially sailing y'all we've got about two hours or so did they say get to the reef?
We're on one of the slower boats, but it's more chill not slow, but chill, you know, the other boats are speeding past us
They're a lot bigger than this one.
Y'all it has gotten crazy out here
It's super windy and these waves are a bit intense
The entire front of the boat is just getting doused with water. So everyone had to move to the back
It's a little wild. I'm very glad that I took my
I'll open the last 'til we get to the island 'coz it's still a good bit away
We have arrived at our snorkel spot and we are actually going to have a couple guys swimming around in the water with us
Which we've never done before, I think that's gonna help
There's supposed to be a bunch of really cool
parts to the coral reef here where I like you can get really close to the top of these really steep drop-offs and they say
It's perfect for seeing all kinds of amazing fish
Apparently, they spotted a turtle when we came in and they're gonna try and find that for us and direct us to it
Oh my gosh, we've never seen the turtle in the wild. That would be amazing to happen today
That's the beauty of having a guy they're gonna be able to show us a bunch of stuff
But we're gonna get geared up and get our snorkel on
Holy cow you guys that was amazing
But we've worked up an appetite and they have lunch here waiting for us and we're gonna be the last people eating
So we're gonna run in there
Yeah, Eric has been out, about 20 minutes longer than anybody else
Just getting all the shots while I'm like, all right
There's less and less food
But I'm sure it was totally worth it 'coz I think he got the badass stuff down there
You guys saw that turtle out there. Yeah. We're just hanging out. Yeah, it was very cool
We saw so many things and there's so many bright colors and the turtle
We are back on land
Yeah, there's actually a little island called Green Island
That's just off of the part of the reef that we were snorkeling at
But they actually have a resort on this island.
It was created obviously over a long time
There was just like a little bump in the ocean and debris would catch there and eventually it formed this whole
Sandbar, the I guess now island and then birds flew over
And then they thought you know what this sandbar could use?
But it would be a pretty sick place to stay. Yeah, I think we're just gonna mosey around and explore the island a bit
The reason the crocodiles are here is because a guy back in the day would go and capture potentially dangerous crocodiles
Not a guy
the Crocodile Hunter, the original
The Original Crocodile Hunter
would go and get these guys that were causing trouble I guess and then he would bring them here
And I think they said that they have the largest one in captivity in the world
His name is Casius and he is 5.48 meters
Or about 20 feet. Yeah, that is a big ol crocodile
Also, look how old he is.
110 years old!
Sadly you have to pay to enter the crocodile Park and it's 20 AUD a person and
That gives you an all-day pass which is probably pretty good deal. But we're only here for another hour
So probably not a good idea for us to do it. No, but if you come here do it
Yep, let us know how it goes
We decided to come into the resort, grab a frosty beverage
the wine was the cheapest and it actually sounded pretty good so
Yeah, nice and cold
we were walking around the beach and it was gettin' hot out there ooh baby, and
The last time we're on a boat are when we were sailing around the Whitsunday. They got a pretty wicked burn. Yeah
She was peeling today from it, but you're looking pretty good now
Maybe that saltwater washed it away
I'm very scared of the Sun now. It is very mean here
There are also all these little birds roaming around and
I think that they just get in the way of people because I was walking I felt something I kicked something fuzzy
And it was one of those these little birds I felt so bad
But yet some of them look a little mangled because I think they get beat up by the other ones and kicked by humans
We're heading back in we're almost on the mainland, but we've got like a bit of a downpour going on
Kind of soured the mood a bit
It's a little wet, everyone had to pile in here
It looks like we've sprung a leak
this water's coming in from all angles, but we're nice and cozy right here
Yeah, and our skipper is doing a hell of a job. He just got it out on and there's no big deal
Good luck with the YouTube stuff.
They were super nice on this boat.
Well, it's probably the highlight for me.
Yeah the crew was
Fantastic, and there were so many there were four of them. And there were only there were a little less than 25 of us
So it was a super personal experience. It was awesome.
We're back on the mainland
It's nice to only spend a day on a boat instead of multiple days because it gets a little hardcore
We've been on a boat a lot and they're just - my poor tummy just can't handle it anymore
But that was our last day here so last day on a boat. We will be heading down to Melbourne tomorrow very excited
We will be flying Qantas
Which I think is one of our favourite airlines ever and then we will be doing way more fun stuff down there
But if you guys get a chance to go on one of these cruises out to the Barrier Reef totally worth it
I'm so glad that I saw the turtle because I've never got the chance to swim with the turtle
I almost saw a shark, but I - right as I got out of the water they started circling around the boat
Swimming with sharks
Definitely would have been a highlight but swimming with turtles was a very nice alternative maybe a much more pleasant alternative actually
But I hope you guys enjoyed all the underwater shots and the adventure today, but I think that's gonna do it for us
We got to go home and do a little bit of work, do a little bit of packing, cook a little dinner
Was totally awesome
You saving that one up?
That was the one. I heard somebody on board one of the crew said that
I was like I'm gonna use that later.
She did she told that to me. She wouldn't tell me what the joke is
There you have it
That's a good one, right?
That's good, I guess
Alright. Good night adventurers.
We'll see you on the road.