Our last day in Cairns was exciting, adventurous and tiresome. I was not prepared for what we were going to do today. According to our plan, we were supposed to visit Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef in the morning and horse riding in the evening. So here we were at the port, on an early morning waiting to catch our boat to Green Island. I am not a fan of sea journeys as I suffer from motion sickness, however, this had to be done. I couldn't leave Cairns without exploring the Great Barrier Reef.
We were supposedly going to do some shallow water snorkeling, a submarine ride and explore the island. Half way through, Mr. D approached one of the staff on the boat and asked them whether we could accommodate Seawalking in our agenda. Seawalking, as the name states is basically walking on the sea bed. They told us that if we could drop the other stuff - snorkeling, submarine, etc , we could do it. So thats what we did!
Once we reached Green Island, we were immediately taken to the Seawalkers kiosk. There we had to change into a diver's suit and given a briefing. The briefing scared me more than actually doing it.
Once we were done, we were taken on a boat in the middle of the sea and dropped off onto a barge like thing. A ladder was dropped into the sea from the barge like thing. We took one step at the time on the ladder until we reached the seabed! It was a marvelous experience to get up close with Australia's marine life.
Seawalking took up most of our time. By the time we reached back to the island, we were left with no time to explore the island and had to return back to the port. To do everything at leisure, its a good idea to spend a full day there. We booked our tickets here.
Once we reached mainland, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed back to the hotel. Next up, was horse riding, I simply love horse riding. The last time I rode a horse was in Portugal. I knew that Cairns would be a completely different experience. We booked our horse riding tour from the hotel itself. It was the Mount N Ride Rainforest Horseback Tour which included pick up and drop off to our hotel.
The horse riding location was about 30 minutes away from our hotel. Once we reached there, we were given a short briefing and allotted a horse each. I was already in love with the place. We were surrounded by mountains and plenty of greenery. We would be passing through the river and rainforest.
We took the most scenic trails and the trainers were there with us the whole way. We were able to book a cameraman and videographer there itself. They accompanied us too.
After a 2 hour ride, we were offered tea, cake and fruits. It was such a beautiful experience.
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