Indya, Col and I headed to Turquoise Bay for a Snorkel today. Turquoise bay is about a 2 hour drive from Giralia so we tried to get away early. The beach is beautiful, so much coral and shells washed up along the shore it would provide hours of entertainment just picking through it. The water was moving fairly quickly so we decided to do a drift snorkel and walked up the beach. You need to stay aware of where you are as there is an opening in the reef and a rip forms with the water rushing through it. You wouldn’t want to get dragged out to sea as the waves then crash over the rocks on the outer reef.
The water was really clear and blue and we noticed some dark coloured Jellyfish in the water. We have since found out that these are known as ‘Sea Tomatoes’ and are a rusty red/brown and fairly big and luckily only a mild sting. These made the snorkel a little challenging as you would be swimming around admiring the beautiful fish and coral underneath but had to keep a close eye on the Jellyfish that came flying towards you. There were quite a few and they kept us on our toes. It felt like a video game, pretty funny. Col saw a couple of turtles and we saw a huge stingray and so many different sizes and coloured fish, really beautiful. There was a much bigger variety of fish at Turquoise Bay than Coral Bay but we loved both places.
After our snorkel we headed into Exmouth for lunch and a coffee. On our way we stopped off to see the ‘SS Mildura’ ship wreck which is not far out of Exmouth. Some people snorkel here but it wasn’t very good weather for that and would have been quite dangerous in those conditions. It would be an interesting snorkel though. It was amazing the difference in the surf conditions from here to Turquoise Bay, hard to believe it was the same day!
On the way home we stopped off at some termite mounds as it was late in the day and the shadows were long. Col was keen to get some drone footage. A fire has been through this area and one side of the road it looks like you are on Mars with no vegetation there at all and the scattered termite mounds. On the other side of the road it is relatively green.