For my last installment on our trip to Australia I’m going to let the imagery do the talking. It seems a logical choice since our experience at the Great Barrier Reef was primarily a visual one; equipped with wetsuit, snorkel and mask, we spent most of the time silently marvelling at these unfamiliar, underwater landscapes and their delightful inhabitants.
I was and am a complete novice to underwater photography, but I loved the process of trying to capture fleeting moments in this unfamiliar settting. All the while checking a big natural wonder (and another UNESCO world heritage site!) off my bucket list…
Before we took a trip out to the Barrier Reef, we decided to splurge (a little) with 2 days and 1 night spent on Green Island, just off the coast of Cairns. We were both so thrilled we made this decision!
Though we wouldn’t have stayed much longer than we did, we got a lot out of our short trip, including the opportunity to see clownfish, some small sharks and a sea turtle(!) while getting to grips with snorkelling in a very secure, sheltered environment.
Great Barrier Reef
Since we’d come all the way up to Cairns expressly to see the Great Barrier Reef, we made sure to book on a boat trip to see it first hand.
It was a mixed experience – we didn’t see any more notable wildlife (no further sea turtle sightings, for instance) and I got extremely seasick even having taken medication ahead of time. But it was also surreal to snorkel so far out in the open ocean, to experience the grand scale and spectacle of reef life in such an accessible way.
There were educational opportunities, too. The guides sometimes gathered groups together to demonstrate and elaborate on some of the fascinating things we were seeing.
Over to you
Have you been to the Great Barrier Reef?
Do you have any other recommendations for places to snorkel? We really got a taste for it on this trip. I’d love to hear about other snorkeling destinations around the world.
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