Cairns!!!

I meant to post this a long time ago, but I didn’t, end of story:

Wow! I haven’t posted for a really long time… Sorry about that. For the past month we were in Cape Town, where we didn’t do much, so there wasn’t much to post about.

Anyways, we flew from South Africa to Sydney, Australia, where we saw the amazing Sydney Opera House, and we watched the Hobbit Part 1 (there are 3 parts to the Hobbit. Each one is about 3 hours long, making it a very long movie.) on the World’s Largest IMAX IN 3D! Cool, huh. It was a great movie, and it was already one of my favorite books. They filmed Part 1 in New Zealand. The actor in the Hobbit also was Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes the TV show, which is a great show.

So after Sydney, we flew to Cairns, Australia, which is a very beautiful and tropical place that is close to the Great Barrier Reef. Our house was really cool; it had a huge pool, 4 big rooms, and it was near a beautiful park. Cairns . One day, we went to go on a snorkel trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is actually a group of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. So our sailboat went out, and after a long time we got there, and went snorkeling.

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Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef was the most beautiful ever. Hundreds of colorful fish darting around in every direction. There are more than 400 types of hard and soft coral.

So anyways, we went to one place where we snorkeled for 1 1/2 hours. We didn’t see as much as the next place, though. We kept sailing until we got to the second reef, which was  supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!

My dad and I went snorkeling together and the first amazing thing we saw was a……………..

SHARK!!!

Yep. It was a reef shark, which isn’t that dangerous. In fact, it was more scared of us than we were scared of it, so it swam away. Then we saw 2 turtles, and I tried to feed one (and failed).

I also saw a Clown Fish (Nemo) who was in it’s sea anemone.

A few days later, we took another tour to the Great Barrier Reef. But this one was WAY faster because the boat was SUPER fast. We only went to one reef this time, and we saw lots of amazing coral, and gigantic fish.

When I went back to our boat, the tour guide was giving bread to a type fish that always goes near boats to get fed. They are very big and striped. There was also a Giant Trevally, (one of the oceans fastest fish) which is… well, giant.

As a joke (not so funny at the time, for me) the tour guide threw a chunk of bread at me. So both of the huge scary fish jumped out of the water on to me, but they’re harmless. It was very scary, though.

We also did a drive which my mom posted on, which was beautiful. We even saw kangaroos! (Live and roadkill.)

So a few days of relaxation later, Janell, Willem, and I flew back to Sydney, and Kevin flew to Scotland (of which he will tell you about, I’m sure).