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Seasick at the Great Barrier Reef

Updated on August 1, 2014
Hungry Mr. Maouri wrasse (above)
Hungry Mr. Maouri wrasse (above) | Source

Great Barrier Grief may be more accurate....

August 2008. Standing in sunny Cairns outside the booking office, the moment had come. I said to my husband," I don't want a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. You go with the lads." Mark looked astonished, and said, " But we've talked about it for ages!" Just as I suspected, he hadn't registered my previous comments about not wanting the ninety minute sea journey.

"When have I ever said I wanted to go?" I asked him." You know I hate swimming.You want to, that's fine. I'll chill out at the villa."

15-year old son,Sam, immediately back tracked. "I'll stay with Mum," he said. But he'd been practising snorkeling during our fabulous stay in an Australian zoo. Older brother Josh looked doubtful, saying," It is way more expensive than I thought..." Mark's face fell. His dream was slipping away. Time to take one for the team. " Okay," I said. "There's a luxury buffet on the dive pontoon, and I could go on the glass bottom boat. Just don't ask me to go in the water."

The ship looked reassuringly large and expensive, so, buoyed by travel pills, we went on board. Smiling dive instructors greeted us with white paper bags. If anyone was sick, we were told, use the bag and throw it overboard. The paper would bio-degrade, and the fish could have a snack. Yum.

We set sail, and all too soon the ship was rolling around the waters, out-swirling a corkscrew ride at a funfair. Mark turned deathly pale. Sam staggered off somewhere. Josh looked on in amusement. And I was living the nightmare. Dive girls helpfully hurled white bags out to sea, over the shoulders of hunched passengers. My intestines made a valiant effort to burst forth and lay like a quivering jellyfish on the deck. I hobbled off to the loos, unsure which way things would go. Cringing in a cubicle, for all I knew the rest of my family had been washed overboard.

Eventually, the ship slowed to a halt. We had reached the middle of nowhere. I decided to risk another travel pill - what harm in a mild overdose? Everyone disembarked onto the large dive pontoon, and that's when I realised a mistake on my part. I had thought the pontoon would be stable. It was floating. Doh!

The dive pontoon, plus hubby waving.
The dive pontoon, plus hubby waving. | Source

Passengers, minus one, grappled with dive suits, turning themselves into shiny sea monsters. Our trio were allocated a pretty little instructor and followed her happily into the sea. I hugged a bench, pondering painless death.

After a little while, I managed to stagger over to the railings to watch the snorkel-fest. The lads had taken to it like ducks to...water. Mark was trying to fend off a large maouri wrasse that wanted to eat his insect bite scabs. Fish pedicure, anyone?

Soon, the dinner gong sounded. Rubberised humans scuttled back onto the decking and launched into lunch. I studiously ignored all food. The guys gabbled excitedly between mouthfuls about the fabulous corals and a stunning array of fish. Then the raft of eager swimmers merged once more back into the sea.

My little overdose had started to kick in, so I risked a trip on the glass bottom boat. Okay, my belly wished I hadn't, but the views of fish, coral, and undersea-scape were fascinating. I was glad that Mark had hired an underwater camera, and would be taking pictures while diving.

Before long, it was time for people to leave the water. Now came the hardest part - peeling themselves out of the dive suits. Grunts and groans all round.

Mercifully, the sea had calmed for the journey back, and I managed to suck on a piece of watermelon. Luxury lunch! My menfolk were tired, but so, so happy. I watched them, and thought, this day will stay with them forever.....

Recently, I asked Sam his memories of our trip to the Great Barrier Reef. For a moment, I swear I could see the reflection of the pretty dive instructor in his eyes. Then he shrugged. " Dunno," he said.

Tips to help with seasickness

Try to stay outdoors as fresh air will help

Take a few big deep breaths

Stand at the back of the boat where there's less movement

Keep your eyes on the horizon

Take travel tablets in good time if you're prone to sickness

Have a light meal before travelling


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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      beautiful sea creatures under the sea.

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      innerspin 3 years ago from uk

      JPSO138 thank you! I hope you have the chance to visit one day.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      How I wish I could visit this place and dive. Your pictures ae very wonderful and very captivating.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      It was beautiful, you're right.

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      Ken Kline 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Innerspin,

      Cairns is one of the most wonderful places on earth. I truly did not wish to leave. Absolutely magical with the wildlife and the scenery and the people.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Wow, CraftytotheCore, I would like to have been videoing you for YouTube! Thanks for a cool comment.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Amazing photos! I went scuba diving one time. When I came face to face with a barracuda, I learned how to run on top of water back to the boat. But it was incredibly amazing seeing all of the underwater sea life.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Hello, FlourishAnyway, it's an expensive way to make yourself feel dreadful! Glad you enjoyed the read, thanks for commenting.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Oh, this sounds terrible. I had a similar experience in the Florida keys in one of those glass bottom boats. All I wanted to do is lay in the fetal position between wrenching. Poor you. I did enjoy your (miserable) story, though. ;-). Voted up and more.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Thanks, Express10, it was a day out with a difference!

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      You certainly took one for the family team and the photos are beautiful.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Hi, Becky, good to have your comment, thank you.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      I'm not a fan of snorkeling. Although I must admit I've never been. We are avid salt water hobbyists so I enjoy the view safely indoors too.

      Thanks for sharing your " grief @ the reef" :).

      ~Becky

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Hello, khmazz, thanks for commenting. It's nice to look back at the pictures, the fish and corals were stunning. I'll be sticking to aquariums from now!

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      Kristen Mazzola 4 years ago from South Florida

      Awesome hub! The pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing and I am sorry for the seasickness!

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Thanks, theluckywriter. Sometimes I can go on a boat no problem, but others....I was considering hijacking a helicopter for the return journey, but that may have been just as bad!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Such beautiful photos! But oh dear, that trip sounds like a nightmare. I get very seasick, so I really do sympathize.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Well, I got the chocolate covered pickle that day! The guys had a fab time, so on that score I'm glad I went. Thanks for commenting, Frangipanni.

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Ha ha, well at least you kept your family happy I suppose! " Life is like a box of chocolates, you never can tell what you're gonna get!" Forrest Gump

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Thank you, alocsin, for the votes and comment. After a rough start, 99% of people enjoyed their trip, so the odds would be in your favour!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      If ever I get to see the Great Barrier Reef, I hope it will be less "adventurous" than your experiences. Great pics and humor. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Hello, Kaili, glad you came to read, thanks for the vote and share. It was a rough day for me, but I'd most likely have felt worse not going.

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      Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

      What a great story...yup. sometimes you just have to take one for the team! The photos are wonderful, and the captions humorous - "who's a pretty parrot fish". Voted up and sharing.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Thanks, MomsTreasureChest. I may go to Oz again, but not to the Reef!

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      MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

      Great hub, hope you go again and have a better time next trip!

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Hello Eddy, it kind of wrote itself, that day sticks in my mind. Sometimes wish it didn't! Thanks for the kind comment.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Whata wonderful hub all round ;and thank you so much for all the hard work you obviously out into this one.

      Take care and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Thanks, CyberShelley, that's great to hear. It's nice to look at the pictures, on dry land.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      What a wonderful read, with the most marvellous pictures. Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Thanks for reading, John, that's a good excuse! From what the guys say, the fish seemed to quite enjoy the experience, especially Mr. Moauri Wrasse. He certainly liked it more than I did, but I can look back and laugh.

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      John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Tried that trip myself a few years ago innerspin, but decided to watch the fish from the boat. Fish don't intrude into my neighbourhood, so why should I annoy them - that was my excuse.

      I loved your 'unsure which way things would go'.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      The sea life is amazing, I do understand why people want to go snorkeling. Some of the fish are like works of art. Thanks for commenting, and your kind ratings.

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      Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      A wonderful, truthful story that's both entertaining and informative.

      What beautiful photos of stunning sea life!

      Rated up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      innerspin 5 years ago from uk

      Thanks freecampingaussie, I bet it was amazing to see a whale in the water! We saw whales from a boat in Canada, that was a wonderful experience.

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      I am glad they had a great time snorkeling . I loved it there as I really enjoy boats / snorkeling ! We recently enjoyed snorkeling at the Whitsundays ,I saw a whale while in the water lol ! Love Ningaloo Reef as you can snorkel without paying for a boat trip! Have hubs about our adventures ! Voting you up !

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      innerspin 5 years ago from uk

      Thanks for commenting, Doc Sonic. We hired an underwater camera, a lot of pics were blurred, but the good ones were worth it. The guys were probably embarrassed by their mum that day, but they kept it hidden! They did love the snorkeling.

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      Glen Nunes 5 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      Great photos! I hope your lads realize that they owe you a huge favor!

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      innerspin 5 years ago from uk

      What a shame for you, Green Bard, bet you wish you hadn't won that! I have been on a couple of boats since, without having such a problem. The sea was really rough that day once we left harbour. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Tenerife

      Wonderfully written and I loved the humour so have voted up and funny! An amazing place to have visited!

      I won a 100€ voucher for whale and dolphin watching here on Tenerife and that was enough to take 2 friends with me. They had a fantastic time but just as we got to the part of the sea where the pilot whales were I got sick and had to go to the back of the boat and retch over the sides. That was the last time I went on a boat and out to sea!

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      innerspin 5 years ago from uk

      Thanks Karen Hellier, not sure I'd do it again! Had no idea the trip would be so rough, but we all got back in one piece.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Enjoyed your pictures here. Also, I like your humor about your family and how you took one for the team! Voted up.

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      innerspin 5 years ago from uk

      Thanks, J. Frank Dunkin, I hope your daughter's grown out of that phase now. Mind you, I grew out of it and then back into it!

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      Joseph Franklin Dunkin Jr 5 years ago from Foley, Alabama

      A really fun read, innerspin! My daughter used to get carsick before we got out of the driveway! Will be reading more of your posts shortly! Good job.