Great Barrier Reef

An internship in Australia means a trip to the Barrier Reef. We flew to Whitsundays as it has great diving and sailing tours at the Airlie beach. Sailing on siska, an 80ft Ocean Maxi that has won races all over the world with the friendliest staff was one of the most thrilling experience of my life. Okay, so here it begins with an introduction of what each one of us was up to.

The crew members were busy posing.


While he was at it, Sumi was sailing the boat

Mod, as usual was enjoying the great view.


And then there was me, taking charge of the sails preparing for the upcoming (mis)adventures.


Within an hour of sailing, we pulled up for our first stop — Snorkelling.

Not being a good swimmer, I was scared of jumping into the pacific ocean with just a mask, glasses and a pipe to breathe but my desire to see the fish was stronger than my fear of jumping in the water.

After the experience, we sailed across the Whitsunday Passage to Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island. Around the southern side of Hook Island, we passed through Hook Passage enjoying the panoramic views of the islands on the way.


Before the calm water could make us feel relaxed, we were speeding our way to Cataran Bay chasing the diving vessel Tornado for the next adventure — scuba diving at the world’s largest and healthiest coral reef system. Geared up with mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a tank, we jumped in to discover the colorful shallow coral gardens and a variety of marine life passing around us.

The dive followed dinner and a quiet evening at the deck followed by an docking the Siska overnight somewhere in the Pacific.


Next morning, we headed to the north eastern side of Whitsunday Island to Whitehaven Beach, the most photographed beach in Australia.



The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand defines nature at its best and provides the greatest sense of relaxation and escape.




The trip concluded with a rough weather and more adventures enroute the Airlie beach where @Teknovates turned three! Every birthday of Teknovates has been more amazing than the previous, thanks to friends who make it special. Living 3 days away from the land and the world of internet and mobile phones and the memories of diving into the Pacific was once in a lifetime trip changing my thoughts about myself, exploring unknown places and experiencing the world.