The best of the Great Barrier Reef without getting your feet wet!

Wednesday, 6th January 2016


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Lauren, our Worldwide Travel Specialist, spent three weeks exploring ‘the land down under’ and was lucky enough to see the Great Barrier Reef by water AND by helicopter! Read on to find out more about Lauren’s Aussie adventures.

My first time visiting the Great Barrier Reef was nine years ago when I was much braver and happy to snorkel and immerse myself within this underwater world. Forward on to 2015 and the ocean and I are no longer great friends, although I yearned to see the magnificent coral reef again, but how? I asked myself.

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Departing from Port Douglas, the large and fast catamaran took my mum and I to an outer reef and pontoon where diving, snorkelling, underwater viewing areas, semi–submarines and helicopter trips were all possible!

I was lucky enough to experience the remarkable views from below the surface and from the air which truly took my breath away and allowed me to appreciate just a small part of the reef in all its glory.

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The Great Barrier Reef itself extends along the coast of Queensland and is home to hundreds of islands, coral reef, beautiful colourful fish, sharks, turtles and more! It truly is a diver’s paradise!

My time on the Great Barrier Reef did not involve getting my feet wet, however, my experience was one of the best I have ever had.

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From below the surface, I enjoyed a semi submarine and was greeted with brightly coloured fish darting in and out of the coral, giant clams embedded in the ocean floor, huge table coral and a glimpse of vibrant reef which is so often seen in photographs. A true underwater forest!

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By helicopter, astonishing sights awaited me. Cerulean hues beyond and below, the coral beneath was vast and took my breath away. Reef sharks could be seen gliding through the water and the sunlight glistening made this natural wonder a sight to behold.

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The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage site the world’s largest coral reef eco system. A true icon of Australia.


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