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Reef Report for Tuesday, January 3, 2006

A Simple Day on the Great Barrier Reef; Still Amazing!

We book trips for all sort of clients, and thought weíd focus this week on the fact that even the most budget-priced one-day reef trips can be amazing experiences.

We do these trips all the time, it gives us time to enjoy the reef, and then respond to your email and phone calls when we get back.

A better set of spokespersons might be the crew of a navy ship that recently came to port in Cairns. © Daniel Elmore We booked a number of them onto a very budget-priced day trip to the reef with Deep Sea Divers Den, and heard back from Daniel and Michael, who had this to say:

Daniel enjoyed his visit immensely "The tour was above all of my expectations. Everyone in our group had an amazing time. Heaps of fun!! We all send our thanks and we will definitely recommend it to all of our Navy buddies when they come your way. We had the time of our lives in Cairns and it was definitely the best time I have had in 12 years with the Navy."

Michael had a similar report: "I would like to thank the crew of the Reef Quest and your company for a once in a life time trip that will be the topic of discussion for years to come. You folks really know how to make a trip well worth it.

Between the two of them they saw a shark, eels, sea turtles, giant clams, many types of corals, and too many kinds of colorful reef fish to name here.

A common question we get when clients are comparing day trips is the differences between the budget-priced and more expensive trips, mostly focused on the level of staffing and comfort on the lower priced trips. Hereís what Daniel thought about his trip:

How was the boat, and the service on board? "Service aboard the Reef Quest was exceptional. The crew members were helpful, friendly, and always willing to talk to us and give us additional background on the reef and why it is so popular. The boat was in outstanding condition as well.'

What could have made your reef experience a better one for you? "In all honesty, I canít think of anything that would have exceeded the experience we had."

What did you enjoy most about your visit to the area? "I enjoyed the people. Everyone is so friendly. That is what makes the trip worthwhile and pleasant. I am already planning a trip back here with my wife."

Tips From Daniel and Michael: Daniel ended up taking off his wetsuit, the water is so warm in Dec-March that the extra warmth it provides is not needed, and the extra buoyancy it adds can make snorkeling more difficult for those that wish to do surface dives. Daniel (and we) do urge visitors to wear a lycra rashguard (provided on most boats) as protection from jellyfish stings.

Michael wishes he had taken the introductory scuba dive. Itís a highly supervised, small group, limited depth scuba dive, available on nearly all dive trips to the reef, and available to nearly all healthy snorkelers, prior diving experience is not required. The price is remarkably inexpensive, and the Great Barrier Reef is an amazing place to make your first dive. Michael also reminded us of a common affliction of many snorkelers: blisters on the heel and top of your foot from fins. We have had pretty good luck preventing fin blisters using tight fitting socks; if you have a sense of humor bring a pair of Dadís argyle socks and make a retro fashion statement at the same time!

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(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as† many other local sources in the dive community.

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