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Adventure - in the air and under water

10 August 2023
Stephen and Kristina Hall
On the one hand I have to admit I suffer from flight shame, on the other hand though, I am so incredibly happy that I realized a dream: I was one of many tourists, who went to the Outer Reef. I left at 08:00 in the morning and by 11:00 we had travelled about 65 nm to a pontoon at Hardy Reef.
There are so many tourists visiting the reef that pontoons have been built to protect the reef. Once we had arrived, myself and a few others who wanted to go for a helicopter flight were taken to a helipad. The flight was breathtaking to me - all the blues and turqoises, the little or bigger patches of landmasses and corals. Where we flew over (and where the pontoon is) is an ancient river, the remains from the ice age. There, the water is way deeper and that contributes to the variety of blues. Later, in this deeper water, I also snorkeled and went for a dive. It wasn’t the most spectacular dive spot but the view from the helicopter and from under the water touched me and left me in awe. Rightly so it is that the Great Barrier Reef is called one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is great that it is a World Heritage Site - and I hope that we can save it for the future generations!

Photo: two pontoons at Hardy Reef, fire from the helicopter
Comments
Vessel Name: Torea
Vessel Make/Model: Bill Couldrey
Hailing Port: New Zealand
Crew: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Extra: Torea was launched in 1966 as an offshore racing yacht. She was designed by Bill Couldrey and built by Keith Atkinson in triple diagonal kauri. Torea competed and finished in the 1969 Sydney Hobart race.

Who: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Port: New Zealand