Location: Great Barrier Reef, Australia

I don’t think there’s any place better to spend your 15th Birthday than with ActionQuest on the Great Barrier Reef. We did have to wake up at 6:50, but we also did get to go on a dive, many dives actually; it evens out. We woke up to the smell of bacon, and it was soooo good, fueling up for a full, full day. To kick it all off, the first of the five dives we did today saw Derek get his PADI Open Water Scuba certificate, a very sleepy turtle, and a couple of stingrays hiding up to their eyes in the sand. This was immediately followed by a second dive and a very yummy lunch. Two dives and a mimic octopus spotting later, it was time for dinner and a gorgeous sunset. After stuffing ourselves on risotto, we suited up for our last night dive! Once again, we entered the pitch black ocean and were surrounded by the masses of fish and reef sharks. I’ve decided that night dives are my favorite. Nothing else matches the sense of calm silence that you encounter on a night dive. After showering, it was cake time! As I write this, the empty cake pan sits in front of me; the sure sign of a great cake and the perfect end to a wonderful day!