Before traveling to Australia, I was so excited that I’d search for Google Images of the Great Barrier Reef literally every day, until I actually landed in Cairns. We were bubbling with enthusiasm, as we got off from the Cairns airport and went to our hotel. After looking at a few tour options to go to the Great Barrier Reef, we made reservations for snorkeling the day after and happily went out to ambling in the little town.
A beautiful quaint town with lots of eateries, ice-cream shops, art galleries flooding with Aboriginal artwork and street performances; you’d love to get lost here! I became a big fan of aboriginal art after visiting Australia and enjoyed browsing through the art galleries.
After reading raving Yelp reviews, we stopped at Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum for dinner. Complimentary iced tea was immediately served. Browsing through the menu, we ordered gyoza and the prawn ramen. The broth was good, noodles were perfectly cooked with thinly sliced pork. Delicious. Within a few minutes, piping hot gyoza was served. Loved the dumplings too.
After a scrumptious meal, while walking back to the hotel, we stopped at Gelocchio to grab a few gelatos. Don’t remember what flavor we got, but it was perfect way to wrap up a good meal. Also got the chance to watch a couple of street performers doing daring acts with fire.
The next day was the big day! The day we were going to the Great Barrier Reef! We had an early start to take the bus to Port Douglas. From there, we boarded a ferry to the world-famous reefs. Food was served on the ferry. After filling our stomachs, we got into our suits and jumped into the reef.
I’m embarrassed to say this, but I don’t know swimming. So, obviously I was freaked out. But my enthusiasm surpassed my fear and I got into the waters. Initially, I was a bit apprehensive, then eventually became comfortable and started having fun. The whole experience felt so magical. The water was so crystal clear that you could see the bottom of the ocean, with flamboyant coral reefs and all kinds of gorgeous fishes swimming right next to you. We felt like we were in a different world, a world that brought us closer to wonders of nature.
We could see a few divers while snorkeling and photographers taking pictures of the snorkelers. We snorkeled for over an hour and then it was time to go back to the ferry. The return journey is never fun; we were all so beaten up and just slept through the journey back.
To commemorate an enjoyable day, we dined at Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant and called it a day!