(Of course I took the helicopter ride!)
Yours truly with big fish.
Giant clam. Yep, we saw it. I didn't take this. It came with the photos taken by the cruise photographer. I didn't even take my underwater camera in. It was too beautiful to stop and photograph. Sides I'm not sure how I'd have held it. I'm an awful swimmer.
It's as amazing as everyone says. Stupendous! Fantastic! Beyond belief! One runs out of superlatives fast. I forget where I read that scientists aren't sure why the marine life in coral reefs is so darn colorful. Well whatever reason they come up with, it's absolutely beautiful. And that's good enough for me.
I was quite pleased at how easily I took to snorkeling. And the fact that I didn't get sea-sick on the ride too and from (the waves were rather high). However, in the afternoon, just out of the water (having ingested, oh, probably half the Pacific), the gentle bobbing of the platform got to me and I skipped lunch and napped in the sun.
Yes, I used sunblock.
And yes, I was wearing a lycra suit too.
There was another Indian on today's cruise. A doctor from the UK (originally from Bombay too). We got to chatting. He grew up Methodist (back when it was the Methodist Church in India, before the whole CSI thing happened. Not that doesn't refer to a TV series.) and then became "born again" but has since found Christianity and monotheism too confining. Interesting conversation. (Just to say it tends to confirm my belief that those who reject Christianity are rejecting some form of it that is, well, a bit off the mark shall we say.) I thought he was in his 40s -- he's at least 20 years older!