Great Barrier Reef

One would be to have your base on the mainland and take a day trip by Catamaran.  Port Douglas would be where I would base myself if taking the day trip.

Cruise to Agincourt ribbon reef, at the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef for a day you probably will never forget.  A few of us travel agents travelled in comfort aboard a wave piercer catamaran to the reef platform. This is ideal for both snorkelers and non-swimmers seeking the widest choice of reef experiences including snorkeling, underwater observatory and semi-submersible.

Soon after departing Port Douglas morning tea is served and the Marine Biologists give the passengers instruction and information about the day and activities available. Equipment is handed out, so as not to waste valuable snorkeling or diving time when you arrive.

Snorkeling, Semi-submersible coral viewing, the Underwater Observatory, morning tea, afternoon tea and an incredible seafood buffet are included.  I was blown away by the  breathtaking underwater scenery while snorkeling. At lunch time I piled my plate high with prawns and other yummy seafood. There is plenty of variety for non seafood and vegetarians. After lunch, I decided to spend time in the sun soaking up breathtaking water views.  Two of my friends took an optional helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef.  When they returned they were incredibly enthusiastic about the experience. I regretted not signing up myself.

For those who really don’t want to get wet, take the Semi Submersible ride to view the spectacular marine life. In addition go to the Underwater Observatory.

Scuba Diving is a once in a lifetime experience.  Introductory diving for the first time novice is offered as well as excellent diving for certified scuba divers. A couple of my travel agent friends went Scuba Diving. What a place to Scuba Dive!

On the ride back to Port Douglas, while enjoying afternoon tea, the divers could not say enough about the variety of marine life and beautiful coral they had been fortunate enough to see. Thanks to their underwater cameras, they were able to show me the beauty they captured during their dive.

I will tell you more about other ways to experience the GREAT BARRIER REEF soon.

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About Dianne Titlestad

Travel Specialists. Phone 704-489-0367
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