I did quite a bit of research before choosing to take a full day snorkeling tour with Wavelength Cruises. I chose this company because it was snorkel only, took small groups and was staffed by marine biologists who are conservationists and have a great knowledge of the ecology of the reef.
|At the reef (photo by Wavelength)|
After a very slick and efficient check in at Port Douglas Marina I joined the other 44 passengers aboard Wavelength 4 for the 90 minute trip out to the reef. Now I have been on boats all my life, I have traveled from New Zealand to England and back by sea, my family has always owned boats and I have never, ever been sea sick, or even queasy, but there is a first time for everything! The trip out was incredibly rough with the boat being tossed around like a cork and I am embarrassed to say, I was sick, twice, but that was it, I felt perfectly fine for the rest of the day which is just as well because what a fantastic day it was.
As we approached the shelter of the reef the sea became calm and the water a combination of navy blue and the most beautiful clear turquoise. Kitted out with wet suits and given information on what we would see, where we should go and the important etiquette required to protect the reef we were off for an hour's snorkeling. The underwater world is a magical place, it is beautiful, peaceful and other worldly, I love it. I couldn't have been happier sharing the water with masses of colourful tropical fish, coral, brightly coloured and otherwise (more on that later) and sensuously waving sea weed and grasses.
Morning tea was served aboard the boat and then we moved to another location for another hour of snorkeling, every bit as good as the first.
|A marine biologist crew member giving a lunch time lecture|
|We found Nemo - (photo: shutterstock)|
|This large friendly fish came to see what was going on.|
I highly recommend Wavelength, and their young, enthusiastic and well educated crew.
NB: This post is not not sponsored by them, it is purely about my own experience.
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