Well we just spent a long weekend at Michaelmas Cay just off the coast of Cairns. It’s a gorgeous island cay where many birds choose to nest. As a result a great part of the island is closed off to the public so that they can nest in peace! We saw crested and sooty terns, a few frigate birds and boobies. The sand is clean and white and the water visibility really great except at the tide change. It was a bit cool for us but we managed a snorkel and the reef did not disappoint.
|Miss 7 ready for a snorkel|
|Gorgonian Fan Coral – gorgeous!|
|Cleaner stations – a Coral Trout gets a full service from a Cleaner Wrasse|
|amazing giant clams abound|
What a great learning opportunity for the girls to be able to snorkel on The Great Barrier Reef and learn about the different types of corals and fish. Usually we visit Low Isles which is another great snorkeling mecca. It was great to be able to have a different experience. The birds on the island are prolific. I’m not going to sugar coat it, from the mooring the smell wasn’t too bad but on the island on the first day we visited it was hard to breathe! However as my friend told me, it’s their island. I thank the birds for letting us visit! We also copped a load of little bugs on the boat but since we’ve left they’ve all but disappeared now.
We always dreamed about living on a boat one day with children, it’s been something we’ve wanted since shortly after we met – about 22 years. I just love seeing the children enjoying this lifestyle and learning. The world is their oyster! Check this out for a class room!
but what about socialization?