26 March 2015

Great Barrier Reef - Naturally Amazing

This post is WAY overdue.

Our best excursion on our Hamilton Island trip was Great Barrier Reef with Cruise Whitsundays.

I really wanted a full snorkeling experience, so we decided to go to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.  I had resisted going to Reefworld because it seemed so "packaged".  It was the best trip we went on.

Going through the Whitsundays Passage to GBR
We were collected from Hamilton Island and went through the scenic Whit Sunday Islands - taking a different journey each way.

At Reefworld, Zoe, Clara, Neo and I put on complimentary wet suits, flippers, and our own masks and snorkels.  Snorkels and masks were available, but we chose to bring our own.  Neo and Zoe each grabbed a "noodle" to assist with swimming.  I had my GoPro camera to film our underwater adventure (see You Tube videos).  The snorkeling area was well marked with guide ropes to grab onto and rest areas to catch your breath.

Meanwhile, Tristan and Dave made their way over to the Helipad for an amazing Helicopter ride. Tristan made a video of his trip, including a view of the famous Heart Reef.  Tristan was in the Co-pilot seat of the helicopter.

Neo decided not to go snorkeling at the last minute and spent a lot of time in the underwater observatory.  We all went on the semi-submersible submarine - which was cool and a guided tour.
Clara snorkeling

Neo and Zoe in Underwater Viewing Area

Lunch was delicious and filling.  An excellent day out - and really made the grade for snorkeling!  

1 comment:

House Family said...

Beautiful pics Catherine. I woke up this morning thinking that I really want to take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and, well, here it is! Thanks for sharing.