What’s on your bucket list?


I never imagined that 2014 was going to be the year of “world travel” but it ended up turning into this. This past November, Nick and I traveled for 6 weeks after living and working in Melbourne, Australia for 3 months.

While traveling in Bali, we were presented with the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive. My main motivation to dedicate the time and money to getting my Open Water Diver certification was knowing that the following week we would be in Cairns, Australia. Cairns is home to the largest living structure on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef.

Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef… bucket list for sure!

The ocean is full of color, life and a feeling you can only know from experiencing it. I hope I never forget our scuba experience and that I’m lucky enough to be able to do this again.


Cairns, Australia

|| November 24, 2014 ||

Pictures taken by myself and Nick during our 2 dives at Norman Reef, and snorkeling at Hastings Reef  – Cairns, Australia (Great Barrier Reef).

Max Depth: 17.4 m
Temp: 27° C
Visibility: 25-30 m

A few things we saw:

  • napoleon wrasse (labrador of the sea)
  • small SHARK
  • school of fusiliers
  • bullethead & buffalo parrot fish
  • sea cucumber
  • coral coves
  • BEST coral in the world


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Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia

|| November 18, 2014 ||

Underwater pictures taken by fellow divers on our last dive in Gili Air at Meno Wall & Slope, a Deep Dive. Manta Dive is where we did our training. They have amazing instructors and are in a great location, I highly recommend the Manta Dive team on Gili Air.

Max Depth: 27 m
Temp: 28° C
Visibility: 20-25 m

A few things we saw:

  • baby eagle ray
  • trumpet fish
  • barracuda
  • octupus
  • angel fish
  • big star puffer
  • garden eel
  • surgeon fish
  • school of yellow snapper
  • school of fusiliers
  • green turtles
  • hawksbill turtle flying over my head
  • lion fish
  • nudibranch




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  1. Nick

    Wow, I also did SCUBA in the #GBR, and it was awesome! That’s really lucky that we got to see a spotted eagle ray!

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