Exploring Coral Reefs
24.02.2017 - 24.02.2017 28 °C
Port Barton is essentially off the grid. There are three generators that power the town from 6 pm to midnight. For the rest of the day there is no electricity. Internet is sporadic and very slow. Not sure I will have the capacity to upload video but a few photos may be possible. There are however lots of roosters that make sure we don't sleep in. Most tourists take time during the day to go Island hopping and Don and I join the crowd. We catch a boat with two Israeli youth who have just finished three years of compulsory military training, a young traveller from the Czeck Republic , and a French couple who speak very limited English. We are off on an Island tour from 9 to 4 to explore the underwater world among the Islands just offshore. Our first stop is Twin Reef followed by a visit to Exotic Island for lunch, back in the water off German Island to swim with the turtles, then to Fantastic Reef and Lagoon Reef, finishing off at Starfish Island. The coral is impressive, with as much variety as I have seen anywhere else in the world. I am underwater for more than 4 hours during the day shooting video with my go pro. Every turn brings up a new siting. Among the most memorable are swimming with the biggest turtles I have have ever seen, watching two orange and white yellowtail coris fish wriggling among the tentacles of a brilliant blue sponge, and watching 4 foot black and grey banded snakes wriggle through the water. It is a day to remember. Giant plate corals, elkhorn corals. Corals in blues, greens, and pure whites with lots of colourful fish to make it more interesting.
SWIMMING WITH TURTLES
We return to the Port Barton, shower and head back to the beach for happy hour and a dinner by moonlight watching Venus rise with the stars. We will go out again tomorrow but will sleep well tonight.
DON WITH STARFISH TATTOO
APPROACHING PORT BARTON FROM SEA
PORT BARTON BEACH FRONT
PORT BARTON MAIN STREET