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Jul 21, 2017 - Lizard Island

For the last three days, we've been on an island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef called Lizard Island. Its history dates back to Captain Cook, who after becoming stuck in the reef, sought out the highest peak he could find so that he could navigate his way out. Lizard Island and Cook's Look provided that vantage point. As you can guess from the name and the attached picture, there also happens to be a considerable number of large, albeit harmless, lizards as well. To get here, we took another light aircraft from Cairns although...

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Jul 21, 2017 - Sydney Here We Come

So before I shift to our travels to Sydney, couple other points I thought I would share - some with a purpose, others more random: 1) I probably neglected to give the snorkeling in Lizard Island its due - it really is one of the more spectacular experiences I've ever encountered and it is one that is made incredibly easy by the proximity of Lizard to the Reef. As an example, Friday morning before we left, we went to the beach club, put on our wetsuits (wish I'd gotten a pic for you of that one) and had one of the gals run us back out to...

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Mar 19, 2009 - Diving Osprey Reef - Great Barrier Reef

I booked on a live-a-board 5day trip with a company called TAKA. I had been recommended this company by a fellow traveller about 3 weeks earlier. I was therefore surprised to find out that the 'information center' in Cairns absolutely slated them. The girl told me that the other two companies that do 'liveaboards' are much better. Apparently her boss had gone on a trip where the Chef went mental and attacked the Captain, the trip was then cancelled with no refund and to top it off she had bed bugs from the cabin she was sleeping in..........

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May 14, 2006 - We made it through another night!!!

The good news in the morning is that we see some sun. After brekky, a light one this time, we hop in the 'glassy' and head to the beach. Sam leads us on the path up to Chinaman's Ridge where we get a wonderful view of the resort on the Island. We're not allowed to go near it.......very ritzy $1,100.00 per night per person. There's also a very interesting airstrip by which those who can afford to stay here arrive. We've never before seen a runway with a hump at both ends!!!! Might even be close to the St. Barts airstrip we have been told...

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