Another World Heritage site. Short walk to the Marina from the hotel for the 90 minute high speed catamaran journey to the Marine World platform on the Outer Reef.
Lots of checking in, with name labels, and we had to sign ourselves on and will have to sign ourselves off. I guess they don't want to leave anyone on the Reef overnight.
dkc-1077-115Marine World – our base on Great Barrier Reef
Viewed the fish and the coral from the semi-submersible reef viewer; then went in the glass bottomed boat and went into the underwater observatory.
The sightings of different types of fish and coral were amazing and as the sun was now coming through we could see to the bottom on the Reef, a depth of about 25m. The photos will reflect the colours we saw not the actual colours as they are affected by the sunlight being filtered: the colours you see on postcards etc. are the actual colours. If you bleed underwater for example, it will look green.
Buffet lunch on the platform then went to see the fish being fed. This whole area is a conservation area so no fishing etc. allowed (or removal of rocks, stones, bits of coral).
(Which reminds me that when we were at Uluru yesterday, we read about the number of people who take home bits of the rock, then regret it and post them back with apologies! Some people think they have had bad luck since they took the souvenirs and that the Aboriginals must have cursed them for stealing from their sacred property.)
The catamaran left at 3:30, back in Cairns by 5 and then free time until 8am tomorrow.
dkc-1077-132-PanoPanoramic view from our hotel balcony in Cairns Will look for a nice restaurant tonight, Cairns seems to have plenty and will maybe investigate UGG boots.