(All the underwater photos are taken by marine biologist Tara, thank you Tara.)

Ahh. Carnarvon, the banana mania. We were there for about 3 nights and we did a few things: we went to the blowholes at high tide and the water from the blowholes  went amazingly high.

Blowholes are small holes in rocks that explode with water from the pressure of the waves at high tide. Quite close to the blowholes there was a beautiful beach and so, I went for a dive. After a minute or so some small fish started surrounding me and then more and more came and I was trapped in a fish wall. The beach was beautiful and I even found some treasures.

One day in Carnarvon we went to the space museum and it was pretty cool. I met a cat called Buzz and I got a space shuttle experience.

There was even a gaming room and parts of the old original control panels of the space tracking station made in late 1960s (they actually built around it to make the building). A few days later I met a really nice girl and we quickly became friends. The funny thing is Katie and her parents are travelling in a similar way and in the same direction. Our next destination was Coral Bay. The reason for the name is that it is situated on the biggest fringing reef in the world (which is actually Ningaloo). Tip: if you like marine life, snorkelling or scuba diving you need to put Coral Bay on your bucket list (like, now!). Day 1: In Coral Bay we took out the old canoe and our other snorkelling gear to went to a really nice area and we saw ‘sooo’ much: we saw a turtle, a stingray, lots of coral with fish like electric blue fish, big fish and small fish.

by marine biologist Tara. 

(these photos are not from where i was snorkelling I just thought it was too much text and not enough photo)

by marine biologist Tara. giant clam

It was so beautiful and interesting but I knew the next day would be better because we were going on a boat which would take us to a few nice snorkelling spots. Day 2: In the morning we needed to get ready for the ride so we got up, collected our gear and waited for the bus that would pick us up soon. Unfortunately I get really scared when I go in the water when there is just coral all around me. I just freak out😢. On the ship we went to our first spot of the day: the shark cleaning station.

by marine biologist Tara. grey reef shark

Mum and dad said they saw lots of grey reef sharks and colourful fish.

by marine biologist Tara. tomato clown fish

The next swim was with manta rays (manta means blanket, shawl or cape in Spanish) on our way we saw some dolphins playing (they were actually mating)…

by marine biologist Tara. dolphins (one with hole in fin is Holepuncher) named by me

and saw a logger head sea turtle. This time when I tried to go in the water I wasn’t afraid and instead I was amazed and proud of myself. The experience was so wonderful and ‘sooo’ inspiring I just can’t explain my feelings.

by marine biologist Tara

The mantas were so majestic while they glided around like capes in the water surrounded by fish following them for protection and a snack. It was awesome to just see mantas in their natural habitat and how agile these majestic creatures are. If you want to understand what I mean properly  you need to try it out yourself. There were about six mantas and one of them was a rare midnight black one and she was really close to giving birth to baby majestic sea flap flaps.

by marine biologist Tara. tailless one is the rare midnight black one

Even though I didn’t see her I saw other mantas like Isabell.

by marine biologist Tara. manta feeding (this may or may not be Isabell)

It was awesome. On the last snorkel (I, again, did not go but trust me I regret it)

by marine biologist Tara. green sea turtle

mum and dad saw green sea turtles…

by marine biologist Tara. green sea turtle over coral trench

and lots of fish.

by marine biologist Tara. green coral

When we came back I met my friend Katie and I told her all about my experience. Afterwards we went to the beach and saw a few cool creatures: we saw 7 blue spotted stingrays,

a group of big fish (all fishermen reading this please leave a comment about what fish you think it is), small bate fish and two lion fish…

(‘soo’ cool!!!). On the third day we went to the beach and wanted to go for a snorkel so we got our gear and hopped on in. It is really easy to get to the reef here because it is a fringing reef. So, unlike the Great Barrier Reef which is 50 km from shore, the Ningaloo reef is just a few meters from shore so it is really easy to get to it. I really enjoyed it because I started conquering my fear of the deep. We saw so much and they were so amazing, we saw: a moray eel (he was small, had a bright yellow face and tried to be really aggressive),  a cuttle fish (with a galaxy pattern and a electric blue outline), parrot fish that have beautiful colours. One had sunset with blue stripes, butterfly fish (they are called this because they look like have the wing of a butterfly), goat fish (because they have feelers that look like the beard of a goat) and much, much more. The next day I mainly played with my friends but I also went to the markets and got a really pretty braid. The next days were a little boring because it was supposed to rain.

Fun fact: Whale shark throats and manta throats are really, really tiny.

Nicole (who is a fellow kimberly camper owner) has kindly helped me make this post more enjoyable for all of you. Thank you for reading this and see you soon.

Nat