Overcast, cool and with threats of rain we boarded our vessel and sat out on the top deck for tea and muffins trying to catch the small amount of rays that were trying to shine through the clouds.
choc chip muffins
Once we headed out to sea, we had to move inside. 30 knot winds and bouncing around the sea is not ideal (let's just say that for someone that never really feels seasick spent most of the trip out to the reef sitting on the back of the boat a little green!).
However, once we did reach the reef, things calmed a little and managed to spend a good couple of hours in the water, although quite choppy, the water was a warm 25 degrees (warmer in than out of the water) and we snorkeled around Milln and Flynn reef.
We swam with huge green turtles, saw a reef shark, a lagoon ray plenty of fish and some amazing coral (and yes we goofed around some with the photographer).
guess where I am?
snorkeling the reef
We got to meet this little (okay large) fella...goes by the name Dustin and/or Nigel depending on who you speak to. He is a Napolean Wrasse and very friendly.
meet DustinWe did manage a bite to eat, which was served buffet style. A few local prawns, sushi, rice, chicken, stew and some salad. It was basic stuff but tasty enough, however I really didn't have much of an appetite and barely touched it.
olives, dips, cheese and crackers with a vodka soda
For dinner we headed to La Pizza on the Esplanade, along with all the hordes of tourists, backpackers, families and the general population. This place gets busy.
Zucca/AlagnelloThe Zucca side had tomato, mozzarella, roasted pumpkin, feta, pine nuts and fresh rosemary. The Alagnello had tomato, marinated lamb, red onion and red peppers topped with tzatziki sauce. The pizza base was thin and crispy and held up with the delicious toppings.
gelato makes me happyNo night out is complete without gelato, so we headed up the road to Devine Gelato which is voted number 1 on Tripadviser.