The first time that I was properly introduced to the wonders under the waters, I was hooked right then. I snorkeled for the first time at the Great Barrier Reef. It was a wonderful experienced, but at the same time it kinda set me up for future disappointment. Because now wherever I go snorkeling, I always compare it to the colors and beauty I saw when I snorkeled for the first time.
The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 miles) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (133,000 sq mi).
There are plenty of day tours to choose from at the Great Barrier Reef that offer snorkeling; we opted to try a smaller boat with about 30 passengers, less people means not-so-crowded. We started off early morning when the mist of dawn is still in the air. We walked towards the marina in Cairns. It was the start of a fantastic day. Here are some photos of what we saw.
The Great Barrier Reef (located in the Coral Sea, off the east coast of Queensland, Australia) is home to thousands of species of marine life; some are not found anywhere else in the world. It is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China, and the only living structure on earth visible from space.
Text & Photos by Alicia Davis