Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ticking off the Bucket List: Great Barrier Reef

Wow, where do I even begin?

I know. Let's talk about how I had a serious misconception about the location of The Great Barrier Reef. 

I consider myself to be fairly smart, well traveled, and knowledgeable about the world around me. So I'm embarrassed to say that I thought the GBR was just right offshore. You know, like you go to the beach, swim out a bit, and there it is!

Please tell me someone else thought/thinks this.

Obviously, I was completely incorrect. As soon as we booked our day trip and I learned it was an almost two hour boat ride out to the reef, I knew I was in trouble.

Trouble, as in I could be eaten by a shark in the middle of the ocean. This is Australia, after all.

Three cheers to Will for putting up with a really anxious person on that boat ride. But come on, jumping into the ocean when you can barely see land in the distance is a bit scary, right?!

Anyway, it was 50000000% worth the anxious nerves because let me tell you, The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. It's a whole different world down there, and most of it doesn't even look real. There were fish in colors I didn't even think fish came in, caves that seemed to never end, plants that danced and swayed as the water moved.

I wish the pictures could do it more justice! Shout out to our underwater camera who mercifuly decided not to die until the end.

It should be noted that no, I did not find Nemo, and yes, I did see a shark.

HOWEVER, it was a baby shark. And my scream caused it to swim away very quickly.

I highly recommend this experience as a must-do if you ever visit Australia.

I can't wait to go again!


Sienna said...

Wow. this is one of those things on my bucket list that I feel like I'll never end up checking off, it's so rare to hear people who have been. Coolest thing ever, and so awesome you got to take those underwater pics! You look amazing!

Anonymous said...

I got to go scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef and it was amazing! A must do experience for anyone visiting Australia for sure.

Treasure Tromp said...

Gorgeous! Aren't giant clams just about the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?!

Ashley said...

ok i totally thought the great barrier reef was like attached to the mainland....i also may not have even known it was in australia. feel better?

and i don't like deep water but...i may have to get over it. this looks AMAZING!! As soon as you hurry up and find me my australian man, i'm there :)

Shane Prather said...

So fun! I'm going to the reef in January :)

mina said...

These pictures are so great! Didn't realize you could scream under water. Good to know!

This looks like such an amazing experience. All your Australia posts definitely make me want to visit but just thinking about that long plane flight makes me sick!


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