As you readers well know, I was certified to scuba dive on the world's third largest barrier reef a few years ago. The beauty of the underwater world nearly made my eyes pop right out of my head and I couldn't help but hum tunes from the Little Mermaid while maintaining neutral buoyancy under 'da sea. The marine life was stunning, the water was crystal clear and the coral was absolutely bursting with color. I've been in love with diving ever since, and there's only one other spot in the world that could rival the wonder of my first dive site...
The queen of all dives is of course, The Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. A scuba Holy Land, the sights below the surface are said to be nothing short of a religious experience, absolutely worth flying around the world for. If I were chosen for The Best Job In The World, I'd get to experience the GBR all the time. Can you imagine? I'm giddy just thinking of it!
Diving with whales is on my bucket list and my Christmas list*, so I was pumped when I found out Humpbacks congregate at Lady Musgrave Island from July to October. (The Best Job In The World begins July 1.) I also found out that by diving at the GBR, you'll have a front row seat to watch coral spawning, an extremely rare and beautiful occurrence. And another crazy thing - 340 of only 350 known species of coral are found at Orpheus Island. Do you realize how absurd and phenomenal and miraculous that is? (Am I getting too scientific? Did I just let the cat out of the bag about what a marine biology nerd I am?)
Sorry, back to leisurely diving. Dolphins, porpoises, turtles, manta rays, sharks (my favorite!) and the ever-adorable clownfish (Nemo!) call the Great Barrier Reef home. There are also seahorses, saltwater crocodiles and something called a nudibranch. What's a nudibranch? No idea, folks, but it sounds absolutely hilarious and I want to see one for myself.
With all these wonders just waiting to be discovered, how could you resist diving right in?
*Christmas List at bottom of blog, just in case you want to buy me something.