Both Airlie Beach and Cairns are considered gateway towns to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout my travels on Australia’s East Coast, I had two opportunities to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. First, I went snorkeling from Airlie Beach with Ocean Rafting to the Whitsunday Islands which is located on the south part of the Great Barrier Reef. The second time I went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef was from Cairns with Ocean Free just North of Green Island which is located 26 miles from Cairns on the North part of the Great Barrier Reef. Both snorkeling opportunities were incredible experiences. The marine wildlife I encountered was out of this world. Continue reading
There is nothing more freeing than swimming under the sea. I’ve only been scuba diving three times in my entire life (twice in the Caribbean), but my most recent dive on the Great Barrier Reef reminded me of how much I love it. Now that I’ve had a taste of scuba diving again I want to get PADI certified so that I can do it in every turquoise destination that I visit. As you know, there is something I love about the sea. For some reason I’ve been blessed with a connection with the ocean. I love everything about it: the way it smells, the feeling of the sand between my toes, the cool water against my skin, the marine life, and swimming in it. There is no place I’d rather be. To me it’s home.
I’ve always dreamt about visiting the world renowned Great Barrier Reef! Who hasn’t? Finally, at 30 years old that dream became a reality. I always knew that some day I would make it to Australia to see all of my dream destinations, but now that I am finally here it hardly feels real. What better way to see the Great Barrier Reef then to see it from a sail boat? Better yet, why not sail out to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel just off the boat where the coral comes just 1 metre from the surface for the best views of your life? Best of all, why not scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef where you can see ancient one of a kind coral reef, amazingly colourful fish species, and other spectacular marine life, like sea turtles and reef sharks? I saw it all! With the engines turned off and the stunning views all around me, I was left speechless sailing with Ocean Free.