We needed to be up bright and early and down in reception by 8am for our transfer to todays activity- Sailing on a Catamaran and snorkeling around Low Isles. Fabulous!
We climbed on board the Sailaway and set out to Low Isles. Once again Queensland had turned out perfect weather for us and it was a balmy, calm and sunny morning. The thing I loved about Sailaway was that group numbers are small, so it's more personalised. Plus they own one of only four reef tour licences, which means limited access to the public and more access to the coral cay for you! Oh, and you can drink on board if you wish. Bonus.
As we pulled out of the marina I pretended that I was wealthy and simply taking my boat out for the day. I mean, who wouldn't kill for one of these babies? Really?
As we got further into our one hour voyage to Low Isles the wind whipped up and it became fresher.. and almost chilly. I started having an internal freak out as I can't stand to be cold, and with goosebumps prickling over my skin the thought of jumping in the ocean, Great Barrier Reef or not, was quite unappealing. And then... a miracle. Wetsuits were offered for $5 and I tell you what baby, it was the best $5 I spent that day.
After grabbing a prime spot on the beach out of the wind, I took a deep breath, affixed my snorkeling gear and waded in. After about a minute of adjusting to breathing through the snorkel, I was off and exploring all the coral cay had to offer. Jewel toned fish, giant clams and textured coral.. amazing!
Even though the water temperature was fine once I'd gotten used to it, I was freeeeezing when I jumped out! I needed to soak up some of those rays to get toasty warm again, and soak it up I did. Too much. I totally turned lobster and invested in some aleo vera that night. Oops!
Back on board, and it was time for an awesome buffet lunch. Ham, beef, prawns, chicken, salads, fresh fruit and bread.. I was in heaven. This is totally my favourite sort of lunch, and I ate until I was completely stuffed.
On the way back to Port Douglas the weather changed and the sea turned super choppy, meaning a lurching boat, rumbling grey skies and sea spraying everywhere. Most hid out the back of the boat but we bravely (or stupidly?) huddled together at the front, watching as we sliced through the ocean.
The rest of the day was spent chilling out back at the apartment, washing the salt out of my hair and strolling down the streets during the evening. I fell asleep in front of the TV, as the day had completely taken it out of me. I was exhausted! (Yeah yeah... I know how it sounds. Exhausted from sitting on a boat, swimming amongst fish and eating prawns. Total Prima Donna.)
Tuesday was another day of leisure for us, so apart from a little spot of retail therapy in the morning we took it pretty easy. In the afternoon we decided to explore 4 Mile Beach, and both of us felt like we needed a workout of some sort. All the food we were indulging in was starting to take its toll!
We power walked the whole way up and back breathing in that salty air, watching the kite surfers and marveled over the little crabs darting here and there.
What did Wednesday have in store? Hello Daintree!
Tomorrow, Day 5&6!