Great Barrier Reef | Quicksilver Reef Tour ReviewMarch 30, 2016
An experience of a lifetime…
On a clear and sunny day,
in deep turquoise blue waters,
somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean,
floating from one coral to the other,
blown away by the myriad colors and varieties of coral,
amazed by the changing hues as the sunrays kissed them,
mesmerized by the plethora of marine life swimming around us
was our unforgettable day out snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef!
It was surreal, dramatic and exceptionally magical to say the least!!!
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site and one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It stretches across 2,300 km and is home to some of the richest, most colorful and diverse marine life in the world. It is apparently the only living thing on earth visible from outer space. There are a multitude of ways to experience and view this magnificent beauty – scuba diving, snorkeling, helicopter tours, glass-bottomed boats, semi-submersibles, ocean walking and cruise ship tours.
We were particularly enthusiastic about snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and chose to go with Quicksilver Cruises. It was a beautiful sunny day and the ocean was calm. Our tour set sail from Port Douglas, in a luxury high-speed wavepiercer catamaran, and took us to an exclusive platform on the renowned Agincourt Reef, where the ‘ribbon’ reefs run parallel to the Continental Shelf. The ribbon reefs are recognized as the most pristine ecosystems in the reefs environment. During the 90 minute journey to the reef, not only did the spectacular views and deep blue waters increase our anticipation about the magic we were about to experience but the marine biologist’s brilliant presentation of the coral system built up the excitement even more. With several safety instructions, what to expect and what to see once we are in the water, we could hardly wait to reach the pontoon and start snorkeling.
As part of the day trip, Quicksilver offered both free and paid optional activities. Free activities included snorkeling, semi-submersible tours with commentary, underwater observatory (and buffet lunch, which we obviously missed as we lost track of time snorkeling ;)) while optional activities included scuba diving, guided snorkel tours, helicopter tours and Oceanwalker helmet dives. Upon reaching the pontoon, we quickly put on our snorkeling gear and with some basic instructions and guidance from the lifeguards headed straight to experience what is beyond anyone could ever put in words!
While we instantly fell in love with almost everything during our two weeks in Australia, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef definitely took home the prize!
Thanks to Quicksilver Cruises for an amazing day trip to the Great Barrier Reef!
Still gives me goosebumps…
Interesting facts: The Great Barrier Reef…
- Extends over 14 degrees of latitude, from shallow estuarine areas to deep oceanic waters.
- Covers 344,400 km2 in area
- Includes the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem
- Includes about 3000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands
- Extends south from the northern tip of Queensland in north-eastern Australia to just north of Bundaberg
- Is between 60 and 250 kilometres in width
- Has an average depth of 35 metres in its inshore waters, while on outer reefs, continental slopes extend down to depths of more than 2000 metres
Just how big is the Great Barrier Reef?
Covering 344,400km2, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is…
- Bigger than Victoria and Tasmania combined
- Bigger than the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Holland combined
- Roughly the same area as Japan, Germany, Malaysia or Italy
- Approximately half the size of Texas
- Slightly smaller than the entire Baltic Sea.
I highly recommend you visit this website to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef.
Web Reference: www.gbrmpa.gov.au
“I am so scared of the sea, so what did I do? Learned to scuba in the Great Barrier Reef”.