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Friday, May 26, 2000
Amazing, Holmes Reef, Coral Sea to Cairns, QLD, Australia
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Cairns, QLD, Australia:
Latitude: 16° 55' 21" South
Longitude: 145° 46' 43" East
Altitude: 5 feet
From Seattle: 7914 miles
Lodging: Hotel - International Hostel

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Queensland
Route: Dive Ship: Rum Runner
Path:Amazing, Holmes Reef, Coral Sea - Cairns, QLD, Australia
Linear:139 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

Available Photos:

The dive group Outside Cairns on Rum Runner, QLD, Australia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1142
Miles Driven:184471
Linear Dist: 217751
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 259
More stats...
Hotels: 383
Friends / Family: 293
Camping: 126
Hostels: 253
Transit: 73
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4010

Journal Entry:
When I woke up the dive boat was only a couple hours out of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef was already behind us. The compressor was still shot so the dives had been cancelled. We were back on the dock in Cairns by eleven. We were much earlier than expected (due to the skipped dives), so we had to stand around for an hour waiting for a representative of the company to show up. We spent most of the time trying to figure out an approach for getting some money back since we'd missed four dives. We were prepared for a fight but when they showed up they offered us twenty percent back (A$ 100) - what we had hoped for. Just on principle we argued and got a T-shirt out of it as well.

Checked in to the same hostel (I was given a voucher for two free nights when I booked the dive trip through them), and took a wonderful, long shower. Then I met up with George, Abraham, Jenny, Rachel, and Becky (all from the dive trip) and drove out to some nearby falls to go for a swim. It turned out to be a beautiful hot day and the cool pool at the falls was wonderful. After checked email, did laundry, got a roll of film developed, had diner, and made some phone calls (one call, but it took about twenty attempts to get through).

Met up with most of the divers, the dive master, and the cook from the trip. Ended up being a pretty major night covering most of the bars in Cairns - at least the ones that would let us in. Was back in bed shortly after four.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Cairns
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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