Thursday, 16 August 2012

Green Island


It's been a while since my last blog post and I finally have some stories to tell!

 Last week James and I took a five night trip up north to Cairns. The first few days we stayed on Green Island - about a 40 minute boat trip from Cairns.  There are lots of day trippers to the Island between 10am and 5pm but outside of those hours it's very quiet as there is only one resort on the Island with less than 50 rooms. It's usually really expensive to stay at the resort but James found a good deal so we had two nights there. Included in the price was snorkeling, kayaking, fish feeding, sunset cocktails and a glass bottom boat trip.
During the daytime the main beach was full of Japanese tourist in the water so it make the snorkeling really murky. But when we went early in the mornings it was just us there and the water was perfectly clear (and cold!) so we saw loads of fish and few turtles.

The fish feeding was at 5pm each afternoon in the same spot so the fish knew to congregate ready for their feed (what happened to 3 second memories?). So there we were on the first afternoon, post snorkel, looking at all these fish swarming around when I see a fin, then another fin. James says the look on my face as I realised I had just been swimming in sharky waters was priceless! They are only black tipped reef shark but still! A shark is a shark in my mind!

The next morning when we were snorkeling on our own we were lucky enough to swim along with a turtles for a while. We also came close to one of those sharks, I was just thinking to myself I bet one is nearby when I spotted it's black tip. My first thought was to try and get a photo (we have a new underwater camera) then I quickly decided no, I'll just get out of here!

For a winter holiday it was a warm 26 degrees, nice and warm without the sweatiness of summertime! It's a really beautiful island, especially if you walk around to the deserted areas and avoid the long-lens snapping of the tourists (I have a new found hatred for SLR cameras - more on that later). James' latest obsession (along with fishing) appears to be sun rises and sun sets (also more on that later), and I have to admit we saw some beautiful sunsets from the beach each night, with a glass of Champagne in hand!

This part of the trip was very relaxing, shark sightings aside, James had just finished night shifts so we had early nights and early mornings but that suited island life! The rest of the trip was a bit more action packed... but first here are some Green Island photos...

Suit wearing tourist

The main beach

Our quiet beach

Sunset drinks

My new backpack

Loving life

My turtle

Kayaking off the island

My favourite big fish

Glass bottom boat

Green Island

I read The Help on our trip

Sunset picnic on the beach

James' fav photo - he likes the 'lines'

A whale!

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