Cairns, Australia & The Great Barrier Reef

Pass the seashells—this mermaid is going to the Great Barrier Reef.

My bucket list is getting filled with all kinds of salt-water checkmarks! 

This week our ship headed out of Sydney, Australia and sailed north to Newcastle and along the Gold Coast to Cairns which is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.  It would be foolish to come to Australia and not explore the reef.

Along the journey, mother nature treated us to my favourite sunset yet!!  We are often treated to amazing sunsets but this was really a unique sight to see!

This adventure ‘under da sea,’ is one I will never forget.  I must admit, I expected to look behind me and sea a huge shark, holding a fork and knife, licking his lips. You can’t deny it’s a funny visual but I’ve seen enough movies to make this visual scary—you’ll be pleased to hear I wasn’t eaten (but not as pleased as I am)

Although I did see sharks, I didn’t see them holding cutlery—which is fine I’m a magician who works on a cruise ship, all I ever see is people eating.

Our ship, the Celebrity Cruises Solstice, was anchored in Cairns for two days—which was a real treat.  Especially for us folk that live on the boat (NOTE: It’s not a boat it’s a ship.  A ship has a captain, a boat has a frustrated husband.  That’s the oldest cruise ship joke in history, you’re welcome)

The first day in Cairns I took the opportunity to walk around—its nice being in port without the normal 3:30 all aboard.  I walked my face off, saw all sorts of birds, had dinner and wine at sunset and then walked some more.

I also learned that bats are called Flying Foxes in Australia and they have a wingspan that can reach 3 meters—why is everything in Australia so big, poisonous or venomous.

I looked up and said,

“Those aren’t birds!”

There is danger lurking in the water!

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without the sponges.

–Steven Wright

Cruise Talk:

I took the excursion from the ship—it included all the transportation and snorkel gear, lunch and a very helpful team.  When onboard the excursion vessel there were many upgrades you could purchase, add-ons ranging from scuba diving instruction to an “Adventure snorkel” that took you away from the rest of the group on a guided underwater snorkel swim with a marine biologist.  I wasn’t so much interested in the guided tour as I was getting a chance to see more areas “off the beaten path.” 

All in all the tour was 299$ plus the add on I think was 50$

VIDEO: Sea Turtle at the Great Barrier Reef–>

Thanks for checking out my adventures in the Great Barrier Reef! Here are a few other things you might enjoy!

What’s on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments.



  1. Margaret March 24, 2017 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Your bucket list is getting smaller

  2. Lynda Bond March 24, 2017 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Ryan, the photos are absolutely amazing. You have experienced so many things on this trip.Beautiful, keep them coming.

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