After a good nights sleep, we were ready for our next tour. This time we were heading to Coral Bay. We were originally going to be doing a full day snorkeling, but there were a few concerns about the strong winds, so only the four hour tour was running. We were initially a bit disappointed because the longer tour included a fish barbecue, but after the long day kayaking and snorkeling, we were relieved in the end.
A catamaran sailing boat took us out onto the lagoon. To give you an idea on where Coral Bay got it's name; all of the darker patches of water is not where it is deeper, it is dense coral.
The boat on Coral Bay
There were three other people on the tour with us. After a brief explanation about our location we were ready for our first snorkel.
The coral here is more impressive than in Exmouth, the colours being more vibrant. It was a little bit cooler here though and we were grateful for our wetsuits.
After about half an hour in the water, the previous days events were catching up on me. My arms ached, and I was quite tired, so I headed back to the boat.
Thank Goodness for Tea!
After warming up over a lunch of sausage sizzle (Sausage on a barbecue, placed in a white slice of bread and covered in onions) we were taken to our second snorkeling site.
This was closer to the reef, and a place known for sharks coming to feed. Unfortunately, the captain decided that the current was too strong, and moved us on.
The coral in this second location was more of a purple/blue colour and was very spectacular. We allowed ourselves to drift along and admire it. As I was getting tired, and ready to head back to the boat, one of the group spotted a turtle. We swam out closer to the reef to see it swimming lazily below us. As soon as it had passed, I let David know that I was done and headed back in.
David and a couple of others stayed in for a while longer, and spotted a second turtle before returning.
We warmed up, got into our dry clothes and headed back to shore. Unfortunately wildlife spotting wasn't very successful from the boat.
Once back in Coral Bay, we enjoyed wandering around the small campsite, and treated ourselves to some fish and chips before heading back to the campsite for a well earned rest.
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