Monday, March 23, 2009

Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast

Sorry everyone that we have not made a new post in quite some time. Here are some more pictures from our trip to the Gold Coast. Enjoy!

Psyching ourselves up for the big waves!


A view of the landscape and Nicole from the water.

I became one with the waves.

Sea World

While in the Gold Coast, we paid a visit to Sea World and met up with a few more of our wildlife friends.

The penguins were to busy swimming laps to pay attention to us.

After a while, they got a little tired and took a break to hang out on the rocks.

The star fish were just chillin'.

But are always up for a nice pat.

We saw some familiar faces, or should shall I say, "fins".

Brave little fish.

One of our favourite fishies. We named him "Stripester".

Here is a baby stingray popping up to say hello. We were even able to pet them as well.
Overall, it was a great day!

Swimming in the safety of the pool

After swimming with the great whites and having seen many of the scary ocean creatures at Sea World, we decided it would be nice to go for a swim in a place where we would not have to worry about losing a limb, the pool.

We had an awesome waterfall in our hotel pool, which was the backdrop for a lot of the pictures.

However, it wasn't so nice when water got into your eyes. Especially since it was a salt water pool.

Nicole was trying to hide from the camera, but did not realize that the bottom half would show up thanks to the water proof case.

Crouching tiger hidden Sean!

Thumbs up!

Best hair day ever!

I guess the pool wasn't that safe after all.... Just kidding!
How did that picture get in there?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pelican Attack!


Thankfully, the Cyclone has now passed and the weather in the Gold Coast is improving. We went to Sea World today, but will put up those pictures at a later date. However, after surviving the Cyclone, Nicole was sadly attacked by a pelican at Sea World earlier today. She was not so lucky. Please watch the video below, it is what she would have wanted.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Gold Coast

Hey everyone, we just thought that we would let you all know that we landed safely in Gold Coast, Queensland yesterday afternoon. There is currently a cyclone just off of the coast, so the weather here so far has been very wet and extremely windy. It is actually going to pass right by us tomorrow (Wednesday) so they expect it to be even more windy than it was today and for there to be some very large waves. However, there is no need to worry as the cyclone has been weakening very quickly and it is a fair distance off shore.

Today we just walked around a bit and went to the Surfers Paradise Beach which is just down the street from us. Sadly, we did not go for a swim because of the lousy weather.

The view of our pool from the balcony at our hotel.

Scoping out the beach and the gigantic waves!

Creepy self portrait, but the only picture we managed to get of the both of us.

The rain began to pour on down right after we took this photo. Hopefully the bad weather wont last for too much longer. Wish us luck and check back for some more photos!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Internet Troubles

Recently, we have been having a lot of internet troubles. One night, Nicole decided to make a tinfoil hat antenna for our wireless usb internet stick. Above is the end result. Sadly, it made no difference to our internet's signal strength.

Speaking of internet troubles, we have heard from a number of our avid followers that the word verification in our comment section has made it difficult for many of you to leave comments. In order to make life easier, we have removed the word verification process which should fix this problem.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Cage Diving with Great White Sharks

At long alas, our shark trip was upon us. We left Adelaide at 11:00am via coach and headed towards Wallaroo where we were to catch a ferry across to Lucky Bay. From there we continued on our journey straight into Port Lincoln. We arrived safe and sound thanks to our driver Phil.
This shot was taken at the top of the Ferry Boat.

Once we arrived at our hotel, we decided to go on a stroll around the docks. This is the front of our hotel and the dock where we were picked up for our excursion.

Nicole's favourite flower.

Some boats in the Harbour.

Calming our nerves the night before the big day.


We woke up bright and early so that we could catch our boat for 6:30am.

And here is our boat.... Just Kidding!

Actually this is our boat, Lucky KU166S.... Just jokin!!

Okay, this time for real. This is our trusty boat, the "Calypso Star", shark cage and all.

After a two hour trek, we arrived at the Neptune Islands deep in the Indian Ocean.

Once the boat was anchored, it was time to get the sharks a comin'. The crew began to chum the water. Holy mackerel, check out those mackerels!

After about an hour, the first great white shark arrived or as the Aussies call them, "white pointers".

Suiting up for our dive!

After the first three groups, it was finally our turn.

What may have been our last embrace!

We then nervously hopped into the cage.

The pesky fish kept eating the shark bait!

But they were kind of cute.

I was white as a ghost, especially with the blood and fish guts being dumped right behind me!

Nicole trying to smile for the camera with her regulator in her mouth.

Worst self-portrait ever.

Here he (or she) comes!

He blended right into the ocean blue water and would often appear out of nowhere!

He swam in front of us.

To the side of us.

And even right under us.

He had a brave crew of fish that followed his every move.

The infamous white belly.

Here he is coming right for us. Even the dead tuna looks scared!

Swimming into the abyss.

Thankfully, we both survived our first encounter with the great white shark!

We also managed to record a few videos of our excursion. Enjoy!

Sorry about the shaky camera in this last vid. It was our first time using our camera underwater with the new casing. It was really hard to see the screen on the camera and it is pretty rough down there. To stay steady in the cage, you really had to hold onto the bars which was not possible with the camera in one hand (for a novice at least). Luckily we still managed to capture the shark for a few seconds.