As you can imagine there are quite a few tours on offer to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. As the reefs are quite a distance from shore, you need a fairly fast boat to reach the less touristy areas. With a little help from the Palm Cove tourist office we decided to do a boat trip out to snorkel/scuba with a helicopter ride back from the reef.
Our boat was one of the smaller ones on offer that went to two different dive sites. The reef is protected by the GBR Marine Park and they issue licenses to boats to restrict access to particular sections of the reef. A popular tourist option is a ride out to a floating platform where you can experience the reef without getting wet via the glass bottom.
The reefs that we visited were very shallow so there was no need to scuba as you got the same experience with the less cumbersome snorkel equipment. We had been advised to rent an underwater camera and David enjoyed snapping away. Visibility was very clear with plenty of fish to observe and coral to marvel. Click here
if you want to read more facts about the reef.
We were very glad that we had selected the helicopter ride home (especially after my bout of sea sickness once the food smells got a little too much for me) The views from above of the reef gave a far better perspective of the vast size of the area and our two pilots gave us a little more history and information about the reef that the ‘party’ boat did not really address.