Anchors Away!

Kia Ora!

This morning, we set sail for the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the world. We walked onto the boat and felt like VIPs, having a section cordoned off for us with fancy red rope. Can you say special? The boat ride was a couple of hours and we were super lucky to have been able to see a couple of humpback whales swimming in the ocean nearby.

part of the Great Barrier Reef - underwater

Some played cards, listened to music, chatted or took a bit of a nap during the boat ride. Some of the staff chatted with the Canadians, and we soon learned that the Reef is the size of Japan and can be seen from outer space!!

They served us “morning tea” and soon thereafter, we arrived at the pontoon where all the fun was going to start – scuba diving and/or snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef! We also had the opportunity to sail in a semi-submersible vessel where we could see the underwater creatures while staying dry.

students in semi-submersible vessel

After a buffet lunch and relaxing on the pontoon, we set sail for home again. Once we docked, we were bid adieu by the crew and sent well wishes. A quick shower and another delicious dinner was served back at the hotel by the hospitable John and Jeff at the Colonial Palms. Students had a little time to explore and relax before bed…today was a full day of play…tomorrow, a full day of class…it’s all about balance.