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Diving the Great Barrier Reef with Deep Sea Divers Den

January 18, 2016

If you’re thinking of doing a dive on the Great Barrier Reef as part of your East Coast trip, you should definitely use Deep Sea Divers Den. Diving the Great Barrier reef was one of my favourite experiences in Australia and I have Deep Sea Divers Den to thank for that (and Stu for paying for the dive for my birthday present!).

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This was my first Scuba dive in open water and there probably isn’t a better place to do a dive than the beautiful barrier reef. All of the marine life looked amazing and we saw so many different creatures, from sharks to turtles to Nemo! Our dive instructor made us all feel completely comfortable. We were all 100% happy with our equipment and knew all the signals if we ever got into trouble below the surface.

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Luckily the reef itself was quite healthy where we were diving as I’ve heard some dive companies take you to parts of the reef which are unhealthy and dying. Deep Sea Divers Den help care for the reef to ensure visitors can enjoy it for years to come.

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After a 20 minute dive, we put on our snorkel equipment and got straight back in the water. The four of us are all strong swimmers and can hold our breath for quite a while so could manage to dive quite deep and explore the reef some more. There’s plenty of fish to see from the surface if you’re not happy doing this though.

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Deep Sea Divers Den also put on a fantastic lunch buffet – and that’s coming from 4 very hungry backpackers. There’s more than enough food to go around and it’s really tasty as well. All the swimming makes you really hungry!

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I know a lot of people worry about the price of doing a Scuba dive but it really is worth every dollar. You’ve got to think that you may not ever have the chance to visit the Great Barrier Reef again. You only live once after all! Just go for it!

Have you dived the Great Barrier Reef? What company did you use?

 

Australia, Travel

A Roadtrip to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest

October 4, 2015

Everyone knows about the standard backpacker things to do in Cairns. You stay at Gilligans, go out to Gilligans, sunbathe by Gilligans pool and do a dive at the Great Barrier Reef. This post is for the people that want a couple of nights off from all that. We hired a Jucy campervan and headed north of Cairns to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest.

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We hired a Jucy van before to do the Great Ocean Road so knew they were good and they didn’t let us down this time either!

The drive up to Cape Trib is so beautiful. I know that sounds like something your parents would say but it’s so true. Miles and miles of white beaches and rainforest make any drive easier.

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Cape Tribulation is famous because it’s where the rainforest meets the sea. It’s a great long stretch of white sand and looks exactly how I imagine paradise to be. I’m not a fan of busy beachfronts, I’d much rather a beach look natural and secluded and that’s exactly what Cape Tribulation is. I could have stayed here forever.

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We did eventually tear ourselves away to continue our trip but I never found a beach as nice as this in the rest of Australia.

The other half of our road trip was to the Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree is particularly famous for it’s waterfalls. The most well known one is Millaa Millaa Falls where the Herbal Essences advert was filmed. It’s best to visit the waterfalls after a long period of rain because the flow will be a lot of stronger. We went after a bit of a drought so the waterfalls weren’t very powerful but I thought they still looked good!

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We had great fun rock sliding and re-creating the Herbal Essences advert. As we had the Jucy van, we could set our own schedule as to where we wanted to be and how long we stayed. We often had waterfalls to ourselves which was really lucky! There’s a lot of tours that travel around Cape Trib or the rainforest that go there and back in one or two days which is fine if you’re on a tight time schedule but not so good for crowding issues!

The 5 days of this roadtrip were probably some of the best times of my travels. The freedom of the road, living in my bikini and flip flops and cooking out of the back of the campervan is everything I want in life. There is no place I would rather be!

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