Day 15: Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Yup, it's me!

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I’m sure I’ll feel by the time this day rolls around, that I’ll have experienced some really great things. But this promises by far to be one of the greatest experiences ever!

I’m a little sad, because among the things that the global climate change we’re experiencing is affecting, is the Great Barrier Reef (link | link | link), which is dying off at an alarming rate. In fact, I heard a while ago that if you want to see the Reef in any measure of its once spectacular grandeur, that one needed to visit sometime in the next 10 years…that was two years ago.

Yet, there seems to be cause for hope, from just earlier this year when one report stated,

“a combination of occurrences has seemingly regenerated a damaged part of the reef near the Great Keppel Islands, with researchers saying the recovery has been at a rate 10 times faster than usual.”

Cause for hope! But nevertheless, I’m grateful for the opportunity to witness this natural wonder no matter what happens.

Here’s today’s itinerary:

  • We’ll cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef across pristine waters.
  • While there, we’ll snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and see brightly colored tropical fish, giant clams and different types of soft and hard coral.
  • A Marine Biologist joins our delegation, to answer any questions we come away with from our exploration of the Reef.