Great Barrier Reef, Cairns
You must go out to the reef and if possible go diving or snorkelling there. Even if you don't do this there is a submarine (sort of), a glass bottomed boat and an underwater viewing chamber to use. I went with Quicksilver cruises who operate out of Cairns, but also pick up at Palm Cove. My return to Cairns was by helicopter. Here's the pontoon and catamaran used by quicksilver out at the reef.
I thought l had died and gone to heaven snorkling in the Great Barrier Reef. I went out with a well know company, who were informative, and helpful. A marine biologist was on hand to answer questions and if you wanted to do a dive, beginners especailly welcome you had the option. Lunch was also served on board.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the few tings man can actually see from space. And the best way to see it up close is to SCUBA dive.
SCUBA diving has been THE absolute most fantastic thing I have EVER done in my life. Of course, I've dived back home too, so I can appreciate all kinds of underwater enviorns. Just think, you could be one of the very few people who have had the opportunity to see what's actually under all that water. Since our planet is mostly water, why not educate yourself and see what's there: potato cods, sharks, rays, cuddlefish, a personal fave: turtles, parrot fish, wrass, coral, nudibranchs...I swear it's addictive. And it's really cool to chat with people about it afterwards. Amaze your friends and at the VERY LEAST, take an intoductory dive. If you have the time and can afford it, go for full Open Water certification.
Take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef - one of the natural wonders of the world. We took a boat ride out to Green Island on the reef where we spent the day enjoying the water and the sun as well as observing the reef creatures through the underwater observatory and the glass-bottomed boat tour. Photo of Green Island dock as our boat approached.
Irishman Paddy Colwell has successfully identified a niche in the market to combine Irish eccentricism with some education about the Great Barrier Reef.
There are daily evening shows about the reef where Paddy does his best to be eccentric but he has done this so many times it looks like quite an effort now. All the same, it is quite informative and entertaining.
He also takes divers out on a Naturalist Dive Course. It is expensive for a day's diving but supposedly he is a very good guide. I booked to go but the dive was cancelled as there weren't enough people.
Lets face it the main reason to go to Cairns is to go to the Reef. Day trips are fully available in Cairns and the prices are really competitive. The cheap trips are probably just as fun but with more people. The boats have hidden extras such as they take under water photos and sell them to you but you dont have to buy. Expect to pay from $70 for snorkelling or $100 for 2 dives
Great Barrier Reef
What's the point of going to Cairns if you don't dive the Great Barrier Reef? I did a one day dive trip followed by a one-night live aboard for a total of 7 dives. Saw much aquatic life including graceful sea turtles, reef sharks and huge, person-size clams. And, of course, plenty of coral, sea anemones, and tropical fish were in abundance.
At that time the tragic Lonergan disappearance -- two Americans who presumably died in 1998 when the Port Douglas-based dive boat left the reef without them and didn't report their disappearance for two days -- was very much in the news. Conspiracy theories notwithstanding there is no question that the dive operation was criminally negligent (although unbelievably acquitted of wrongdoing). I suggest keeping an eye on your fellow divers and maybe get to a know a few so somebody will miss you if you're left behind. Also, try not to be the last ones in. I was on a dive boat in Thailand where two divers were left behind for a short while before somebody realized they were missing. The boat turned around to go get them and, sure enough, they were there bobbing in the water waiting for us. So this kind of thing may not be a uncommon as you might think.
I'm not trying to scare you from diving, though. The Great Barrier Reef dives were a highlight of my trip! If you aren't certified to dive, you can try a 'resort dive' (shallow scuba accompanied by an instructor) or snorkelling.
There is nothing quite like a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef .. one of the worlds great wonders ..
Skuba Diving, Snorkelling or just taking in the superb views ... you will have a wonderful day!
The only living organism that is visible from the moon, but don't worry, it won't eat you. I reckon you know what it is so, just enjoy the pictures and go there soon :)
Take a trip with one of the so many boat operators to spend a day on the reef. Remember to scuba dive to explore the beauty of the reef. Even snorkelling the reef will simply take your breathe away.
The Great Barrier Reef is an immense network of coral formations. The best part is the outer reef, accessible by high-speed boats like the one operated by Quicksilver that we took.
It obvious that you have to at least get out on the reef once. It is simply amazing. I opted to go out again on a free day. The experience is always different.
When you are in the area you must go to the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy a day of snorkeling or even diving.
They bring you with a boat to a platform from where you can enjoy a relaxing day.
Here's the reef/diving complex that I was boated out too. This is where I ate, got my gear, and showered.