📸 — Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Our Little Detour🌏✈️ 👫
A Little Detour
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7 min readFeb 25, 2018


This is it.

The childhood moment Maeghan had been waiting her lifetime for.

The day she got to visit the Great Barrier Reef or as the Aussie’s call it... “The GBR”.

It was an incredible experience — we’re both certified divers now, and decided to take the opportunity to try “A Liveaboard” which is a boat you stay on for a few days and dive every few hours up to 5 times a day.

The lifestyle is literally — eat, dive, sleep, dive & repeat.

To prepare for this experience, we binge watched David Attenborough’s “Great Barrier Reef”, BBC’s “Blue Planet”, Netflix’s “Chasing Coral” and many more underwater shows but none of them prepared us for what we were about to experience.

SO here is our world under the sea, cheers to an incredible experience, 30 degree water, the most massive reef we’ve ever seen, and so many incredible fish.

You can read Oli’s post on the GBR here.

ps. Some of the photos are different colours...(bad…) I am learning how to properly use the GoPro red filter because the deeper you go, the less light is available making the pictures appear without fragments of red. The later f

ppss. Some of these pictures came from a friend we went diving with.

See more on our website www.alittledetour.ca🌏✈️👫

The GBR above water.
Boat picture pulled from Divers Den’s website — the rest is our room!
Bar / lounge on the left, and the dining area on the right.
You can see the reef with the different colors of blue in the water.
Back deck where people sun tanned after each dive.
Our dive gear area — so we had the same gear the whole time we were there.
Where we got to dive. Before each entry, we made a dive plan to where we wanted to see and how to get back to the boat.
Maeghan’s morning stride.
Turtle just photobombing us.
We came during jellyfish season — here is Oli and a jelly fish.
Oli swimming to the Reef Shark.
Maeghan admiring the size of the small reef’s.
A clam the size of two loafs of bread. You can see the purple insides pulsing as you swim by.
The Trigger fish, the @$$ holes of the sea. This breed of fish charges at divers and bites them with their teeth. Oli was attacked 5 times!
Eels & clown fish. WE FOUND NEMO!
Mikael took these two incredible shots. It was so incredible I asked him to share!!
Tawny Nurse shark that was almost 2 meters long.
Oli doing his first night dive. You go under water when it is pitch black and use a flashlight to look at fish…. terrifying.
I stayed on the boat.. to learn about a thing I call “The shark tray.”
The crew throw fish food in the water to excite the fish. And bring with them… shark guests.
Then you lay on your stomach and they lower the diving platform into the water and let sharks swim to your face.
The crew on the boat haven’t seen a nurse shark in this area for a very long time. We were lucky to see this beaut!
We saw green turtles and Hawksbill turtles back to back eating off the barrier reef.
Do you see the Octopus? He is blending in. I watched him crawl to the hole and start changing colours.

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Our Little Detour🌏✈️ 👫
A Little Detour

hi there! Maeghan & Oli here — we’re checking in from our around-the-world tour. See pictures here, read content here 👉www.alittledetour.ca