TRAVELSCRIBBLES is a blog featuring travel reports, advice, and idea sharing for those interested in both domestic and international exploration.

Roger Sauer and his wife Donna have spent years traveling the world but have many places yet to see. You can follow their past and current travels here as well as post comments and questions about places they have visited.

Roger and Donna travelled to New Zealand and Australia in September, 2013. They will be in Paris in September 2015 with a train trip to Nice and Barcelona. They will then be aboard the Disney Magic (again) for a transatlantic cruise to Miami. Follow their travels on Twitter @rsauer3473.

Donna and Roger own Disney Vacation Club memberships at Old Key West and Beach Cub resorts in Walt Disney World. They also have other timeshare interests in Maui, Cancun, Orlando, and Palm Springs.
Feel free to contact them at 503-585-3473 if you would like rent one of these properties.

Where Do You Want To Go Today?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

October 15-18 Port Douglas

October 15, 2013: PORT DOUGLAS


This was the big day for our Great Barrier Reef trip. We arrived at the port early and were the first to board the jet propelled catamaran. We were told there were about 260 guests on board. It took about 90 minutes to arrive at the reef. Attached to the reef's bottom was a huge pontoon structure with dining facilities, scuba and snorkeling areas, two semisubmersibles and a place for two large boats to dock. I signed up to be with a novice group under the tutelage of a biologist. While the fish here were not so spectacular, the coral formations and varieties of coral were . Our guide showed us a huge clam about four feet across and got it to close its shell. We saw a clownfish like Nemo and many other varieties. The colors were vibrant and less muddy than in the heavily trafficked Maui. And we paddled in shallow as well as 30 feet of water.


After snorkeling, I met Donna and we had lunch buffet and sat with a couple from South Africa. Then we descended to a lower deck to ride a while on the semisubmersible so Donna could see the coral. After about three hours we got underway and sailed back to Port Douglas. On our way back we talked with the South Africans and a family from the Gold Coast south of Port Douglas.


October 16-18, 2013: PORT DOUGLAS


During the last three days in Port Douglas we spent time by the pool, read, played games on our iPads, shopped, and prepared for our long trip home. We had the opportunity to speak in the pool with a couple who lived in the Sydney suburbs.

No comments: