Day 4 - Coral Bay - Exmouth
Today we had a lazy
'take off' ...at
9.00 A.M. we went to the harbor and were allocated the boat
for our snorkeling tour.
Guide by experienced
Aussies, knowing the area and the habits of the manta Rays,
we left to the open sea.
It is not easy to find
them, .. the guarantee to see some is not provided! To
achieve a high chance, the tour providers rely on planes
flying over the sea and searching for the 'dark spots' (
Manta's ) in the turquoise colored water!
Once spotted, it all is
well prepared ... the boat is guided to the area and we
dressed, prepared with snorkeling equipment and slowly went
into the water.
Even knowing Manta rays
being plankton eaters, knowing their frightening size and
gentle appearance, I was scared to death on the upcoming!
... but it wasn't a manta I first saw in the sea, .. it was
a small shark, who almost caused me an heart attack!
Just recovered from my
first 'shark-attack' and slowly started breathing again I
spotted my first 'Manta Ray' ... me and the mantas in their
gentle ... whatever you call it ... it all suits! Me just
the opposite .. excited, nervous and delighted .. stopped
This is real life ...
no wars, no bad news, no pushing & no stress! Why the hell
'mankind' can't learn from them and adopt their habits? ..
we enjoyed their presence for 1/2 an hour and then moved on
to Ningaloo Reef to discover the smaller species on the reef
and agreed this to be much better, then the sea life
observed on the Great Barrier Reef. Cristal clear water,
thousands of different fishes and corals and unavoidable we
also saw reef sharks and normal rays! As advised from the
rest of the group, we also saw turtles, which unfortunatly I
ddn't see ... a small misfortune! ... =) =)
Late afternoon we
directly moved on to Exmouth, which was a 150Km drive ..
full of memories and scared, that all may have been a dream
and I could weak up any minute!
Think everyone expected
Exmouth to be bigger, .. but it wasn't. No city along the
West Coast really offers real activities but we still
enjoyed the peaceful surrounding and !
The hostel in Exmouth
was a highlight as such and offered all a heart can ask for.
After dinner we went down the road to have a look and attend
the to the yearly 'Whaleshark Festival'. We had some bear
lots of stories from the day and enjoyed the music from a
Live Band. Lots of people discussed the fact, that there
were not many whale sharks seen the past month. As we were
expected to go on a whale shark trip next morning, Lenni and
me were a little depressed ... but ...
'the hope is the
last one to die'!
Day 5 - Exmouth / Whale Shark
around 7.30 A.M. we
were picked from the hostel and besides Lenni & me, there
were another 2 girls from the group, which participated in
the whale shark adventure and hopes! The Japanese was on our
boat, the other one on another boat. All over all there were
6 boats out on the sea, trying to track down a whale shark.
The boat crew was very
informative and enjoyable. First we approached the Ningaloo
Reef and got used to the snorkeling .. think this also was a
test from the crew to judge our snorkeling skills.
9:00 A.M. - you have no
idea, how cold the water was! We have already spent 20min's
in the water - gorgeous fishes but not really fun, as we
The outside temperature of 25 - 30 Grade Celsius didn't
Later we further moved
out towards the open sea.
We knew, .. no
guarantee, no money back no xx, no yy ... and a little more
of the no's! Lenni and myself already accepted this fact and
made our self comfortable on the front of the boat, enjoying
the sun and the wide open sea. Still in the hope of the
lucky moment to come! .. probably someone said a pray? ..
and there it was:
"Good News, we found
a whaleshark" ... these were the magic words
everyone was waiting for! Oh good, .. my heart stopped
beating! Definite I wanted to see one, .. but seems
subconscious I hoped that we will fail .... there was a big
internal scare, when I though about meeting a whale shark in
Again it was a plane,
who discovered the shark. The boat moved full speed ahead
and we came close to the forecasted area. All had to speed
up putting the snorkeling gear on and getting ready for the
We were split into 2
groups called A & B.
when we approached the
place, a crew member dived into the water to locate the
sharks position and finally identify him as the
'sought-after' animal! Once identified, group A was dropped
some 20 meter ahead of the sharks track and just had to wait
for his appearance. 5 divers had to stay on his right and
the other 5 on his left. Once the shark had passed they were
picked up again and dropped again ahead of him ... this was
revolving for about one hour. The sight under water was not
too good ... plankton .. and wasn't more then 5-7 meters.
When I first caught
eyesight on the animal, approaching me out of the deep blue
water, my heart stopped beating, I stopped breathing and
probably stopped any vital blood circulations in my body! I
knew how it looked like from pictures, I knew the story
about eating plankton only and still immediate started
questioning all of that. It all exceeded my
which can not be put in words. We drifted very close to the
shark and had plenty of time to observe all the details of
this beautiful creature. Due to the high waves, it
also became very demanding on our our physical condition.
All over all this lasted about 1 hour ... we forgot the cold
water, the freezing and salty waves .... we didn't care of
anything, except the shark!
his day was the
absolute climax of my OZ trip so far! .. unforgettable!
Lenn i& myself were
over warmed ... first to see one at all and second to be on
the exploring boat! The other 5 boats also joined the area,
but their divers were only allowed a 5 minutes dive - then
it was the next boats turn! Sort of a tour company codex,
which will allow all the boats to see the shark, but
only the exploring boat to spend an hour with the creature.
I can only recommend
this to everyone .. even if the chance is little! My father
first had to push me to do this - now I'm thankful for this
... an experience for lifetime!!! =)
I think I never had slept as well, as I did after this day! =) =) =)
Day 6 - Exmouth - Northbrook
After we have finished
our activities around Exmouth, the time came to move on and
head back towards Perth! The day purely was an extreme
'bus-marathon, with a driven distance of 800Km's in total!
Our stay for this night was a little farm in the middle of
nowhere and everyone went to bed around 8:00 P.M. .... more
dead then alive! =)
Day 7 - Northbrook - Perth
Ready for the last few
miles back home to Perth. We used one of the small stopover,
to test our skills in 'sand boarding' down the slope of a
small dune. To be honest ... for me not too exciting, as I
have spent many years surrounded by some of the highest
dunes in the 'Rub Al Khali' in Abu Dhabi. Besides it was
pretty slow and didn't really work out, still it was lots of
Later on we made our
last stop at a place called 'Hutt River'! It is a
self-governed country within Australia, which was founded by
a gentleman called Mr. Lennard. Due to his countries
autonomic status, he calls himself 'Prince Lennard'
from Hutt River! To get there, you will have to show your
passport, get the same stamped and you will be granted a one
The man himself is 83
years of age and almost impossible to decode his words ...
this is what you call a 'Slang'!
Somehow he had
discovered a 'legal loophole' and founded his own district.
Based on this fact, he could bypass Import & Export taxes!
... at least this is what I understood ... but as I said,
... he is soo difficult to understand and I will have to
research on Internet after my return of this trip, if I
really got the point.
Then we departed for
our last stage back to Perth, where we arrived around 18:oo
The trip was amazing,
very informative and delivered lots of fun, .. I have to
recommend to everyone to get on one of these trips! Within
theses days, I have seen and learned more of the country,
culture and habits, then the passed
7 month I have traveled
Australia! ... Awsome Mate =)