Sept 30, 2000

We took a day trip on a sailboat to one of the cays in the Great Barrier Reef. There are three main kinds of islands. Regular islands formed by volcanos or geologic type action that have rocks, cliffs, etc. Sand Islands are like Fraser Island that we stayed on a few days ago formed entirely by sand drifting up to form a sand bar and then growing and growing over the years. (millions) And then cays, which are formed from corral building up. They look and feel like sand islands, but it's actually small ground up particles of corral instead. One noticable difference is the way it sticks to your body and bathing suit. Much harder to rinse off than sand, but still not dirty.

This is a look back at the beach front in Cairns as we were leaving

Upollo Cay is a very small island, but it has some great reefs around it for snorkeling in and watching the fish. There are an incredible number of fish, all different sizes, shapes and colours all swimming together.

Because the water is quite shallow and the danger of hitting a reef, we were transported from the ship to the shore on this little boat.

This is the sailboat that we went out on. They had the sails flowing full during our trip out and back in, but it was quite phoney because they also had the motor running the whole time. Guess we weren't suppose to notice the motors and when we asked, they said the wind wasn't strong enough to bring us in on time, but there was a lot of wind but not up to cyclone speeds. I'm guessing they were unionized because the brochure said we would be back at 5 and we were there at 4:59 Next time, we ask if the sailing ship sails or is under power before we buy the tickets. However, we had a great time regardless.

Pretty girl on the beach poses for a picture.

For supper, we took a trip up to Port Douglas to our customer's restaurant, On the Inlet. We both ordered Corral Trout and I wish I had the camera when they brought the meal out. The fish was cooked whole and had orange skin with little black flecks in it. It was served whole on a plate looking like it was still swimming, and the eyes were looking at Jean.

The bones in a Corral Trout are vertical in the center of it, so it was easy to carve off some fillets from each side. The meat was very tender and moist and the skin was crunchy and spicy. It was a fantastic meal. Next time, we bring the camera.

Apparently we were lucky as Corral Trout is not always available and we got the last fish of the day.