25 May Saturday to 26 May Sunday
25.05.2013 - 26.05.2013 25 °C
Had 2 sleeps in Yeppoon, the gateway to Great Keppel Island. We didn’t realize that the Great Keppel group of 15 islands were part of the Great Barrier Reef and we were very surprised how good the reefs were that we snorkeled over. We couldn’t resist booking ourselves on a cruise that allowed us to snorkel over at Great Keppel Island. It was a bit pricy but we are doing ok with our budgeting so far so we splurged. Best snorkeling ever. For most of our snorkeling, the beautiful coral reef was only a metre under us. Beautiful red, blue and green corals. Hundreds of brightly coloured fish, both very very tiny and very very big. We even swam with a big old boy sea turtle there for a bit. Very majestic. Plus we followed a sting ray for a bit too. And OMG the star fish were dinner plate size. And those giant clams, awesome. I know I am raving now but it truly was the best snorkeling I have ever done. The whole time we snorkeled together we shouted in excitement at all that we saw. We now have a new language called “snorkel language”. ha ha. Unbelievable that we could actually understand each other shouting through our snorkels. It did sound silly though and at one time we both nearly drowned from hysterically laughing and then we thought we saw a shark fin and we started thrashing our way back to shore genuinely afraid. We turned a few times to see if it was gaining on us and it wasn’t because it was actually a pointy fin sized triangle buoy bobbing up and down in the sea. Again we laughed so much our masks filled up with water and we nearly drowned. I fell asleep from happy exhaustion on the return ferry back to Yeppoon. Sherrie took a photo and although hideous I have posted it just for fun.
We also caught up with friends Linda and Daniel for a home cooked meal at their house in Yeppoon. Sherrie and I hadn’t seen Linda in years and had never met her husband Daniel and they coincidentally had just moved to Yeppoon from Canberra just two weeks prior to our arrival. Great timing. The wines were going down fast as we reminisced and shared lots of hugs and laughs. Daniel (now lovingly called the midnight chef due to the late hour of serving dinner) cooked our dinner so we girls could chatter ourselves silly. A great night, thanks Linda and Daniel.