Mid-morning we were picked up for our excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. We took a 25 minute helicopter flight which was cool but I was a little disappointed on its length and lack of "weaving around" for a better view of some of the reefs. Believe it or not, we landed on a platform in the middle of the ocean!!! How great is that!! From there we were picked up by a small boat for the very short ride to the platform from where all the activities happened.
I could not wait to get in the water and take in all the reef has to offer. The water was very warm and oh boy, it was all I could have hoped for. So many fish of all sizes and colors, so many different types of coral. I could have stayed all day in the water! I was so busy following fish that I went "out of boundaries" and the lifeguard called me back in.
I was never in any danger although I was far away but I guess better safe than sorry. There was something for everyone to do out on the reef - snorkeling, diving, semi submarine, glass bottom observation deck. The trip is quite expensive, but I would HIGHLY recommend it. I may do it again before we leave if they go to a different reef (which they often do). I have snorkeled for many years, but after today I am definitely going to start diving as I am sure the beauty of the sea is much more apparent a little deeper.
I was so busy following a pretty black with a tad of yellow fish that I could not photograph a turtle swimming by. I did get to see it but I would have loved to capture it on film for you all.
Sorry. On another note, in a different part of the reef, I was lucky enough to spot a White-tipped Reef Shark. Yes, I said lucky since I think that is quite exiting. I was swimming above a shark for quite a while before it decided to stop and take a nap on the bottom of the ocean.
It was really cool. The shark was about 5 feet in length but I never felt threatened. I could spend all my time in Cairns swimming on the reef!!!