Qld tour guide shares hilarious comments from clueless tourists

A tour guide has recounted some of the funniest things tourists have said to her while visiting the Great Barrier Reef.

Brooke works for Ocean Safari, an eco-certified company that has a five-star rating on TripAdvisor.

It operates from Cape Tribulation, a beautiful part of the world where the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites) meet.

Twice a day, Ocean Safari collects guests at Cape Tribulation beach (about a three-hour drive from Cairns) and takes them snorkeling on the reef.

Brooke met thousands of tourists from all over the world, some of whom made some rather…interesting…comments while visiting the reef.

She told news.com.au that one person asked her: “Why does the water taste so salty?”, to which Brooke replied: “well, it’s the ocean.”

While they were traveling to the reef on the Ocean Safari ship, a tourist once asked Brooke, “how far above sea level are we?”

“I once had a guest trying to bottle blue ocean water, and they couldn’t understand why it wasn’t blue in their bottle,” Brooke told news.com.au.

The tour guide also heard his fair share of strange complaints.

One tourist remarked: “ugh, snorkeling makes me so wet,” while another was less impressed with the weather conditions in the nearby Daintree rainforest, saying: “it’s so rainy in the rainforest!”

Brooke revealed that tourists are sometimes a little confused about the geography of Australia, particularly the Cape Tribulation area.

As they boarded the Ocean Safari ship on Cape Tribulation beach, a tourist asked Brooke where the Daintree rainforest was, unaware that he had been passing through it in the last hour.

Another person was under the impression that Cape Tribulation was an island and asked, “so, how big is the whole island?”

Brooke’s tongue-in-cheek response was, “It’s pretty big, so big that it’s known as Australia!”

Slow start to the year

Ocean Safari was one of many businesses affected by December’s landslides, which blocked the only road in and out of Cape Tribulation.

The road was blocked for more than 100 days.

“It’s been extremely difficult,” Lawrence Mason, who runs Mason’s Cafe in Cape Tribulation, told news.com.au.

“We had our shop open for short periods of time to serve local people, but it wasn’t cheap at all and most businesses were completely closed,” he said.

The road has since reopened and tourists are returning.

“We’re definitely doing a lot better than we were a couple of months ago, but we still have a long way to go to get back to full capacity,” Mason said.

He encouraged tourists to visit and help get the region back on its feet.

“Everything is still as wonderful as it was,” Mason said.

The writer visited the area as a guest of Tourism Tropical North Queensland

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