Monday, April 30, 2007
Port Douglas marina
Port Douglas is about one and 1/2 hours by road from Cairns, which is two and 1/2 hours by plane from Sydney. Port is the main departure point for the Great Barrier Reef cruises, and for diving expeditions and sailing. The marina is a large complex with shops and boutiques, very tourist orientated. This part of Queensland is a popular tourist destination especially for overseas visitors and is very popular with holidaying and honeymooning Asian couples. We noticed German, Dutch, Russian, American, British and Japanese people as well as other Asian nationalities on our cruise. One of the biggest attractions besides the coral formations is swimming with or observing the thousands of brightly coloured fish of all shapes and sizes. A large blue groper swims around the pontoon regularly, as well as Maori Wrasse, clown fish (Nemo) and other tiny irridescent schools of fish. We also saw a green sea turtle lolling about, but no sharks were seen this time, whew !! Can you tell I had a great time, and didn't want to leave? Oh well, back home now and trying to catch up with everything left on hold while I was away. I do feel rejuvenated though.