Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling

by John on December 19, 2010

Image taken as cruise boat nears Green island.

This is the view as you near the Green Island jetty aboard the Big Cat from Cairns. Captain Cook named Green Island in 1770 after the ships astronomer, Charles Green.

It doesn’t cost a lot of money to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, but it is surely something that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime.

From as far south as Lady Musgrave Island, to the deep blue  waters of the Whitsundays and far north area of the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns and Port Douglas, the entire living reef is a wonderland just waiting for you to discover.

Not everyone can go scuba diving, which is certainly the best way to see the reef, but most people can go snorkeling if they can swim. You don’t have the strict health restrictions that come with scuba diving nor the high costs involved. In fact most snorkeling trips come with free gear supplied and there are lots of fringing reefs that you can access directly from a beach.

One of the very best locations to experience snorkeling fringing reefs is Green Island, which is just a short cruise from Cairns. The fringing reef at Green Island is a superb natural habitat to many hundreds of marine species and the coral formations are outstanding. A day trip to Green Island for an adult is around $75 and the price includes snorkeling equipment for the day. I rate the Green Island fringing reef as the best I have yet seen.

Image showing snorkeler enjoying Green Island fringing Reef.

This image was taken from Green island jetty and shows the proximity of the fringing reef to the beach. Note the clear water which is ideal for snorkeling.

Snorkeling doesn’t need to cost a lot of money and fringing reefs of islands are great ways to see the Great Barrier Reef itself.

Right along the Queensland coast there are affordable cruises that visit many beautiful islands with fringing reefs for you to explore. All of them supply snorkeling equipment as part of the cruise price. If you come to Queensland make sure you do a bit of snorkeling and see the wonderful Great Barrier Reef up close. It’s amazing.

Image of turtle photographed on Green Island fringing reef.

You too could snorkel with turtles on any of the fringing reefs along the Queensland coast. This turtle was just off Green Island.

Because you can snorkel right from the beach, you don’t have to be the best swimmer in the world.

The fringing reef is alive and is so good that if snorkeling isn’t your strong point, you can opt for a glass bottom boat tour instead of the snorkeling equipment.

You have plenty of time on cruises such as the Green Island day trip, to fully enjoy the sights both on land and under the sea.

Snorkeling opens up the magical world of underwater life, doesn’t cost a lot of money and is something almost anyone can enjoy. The Great Barrier Reef is awesome. See it just once as it is an experience of a lifetime.

(Credits: Turtle Photographed by Tanya Ann)


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Dewitt D. Rios January 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

..As a Great Barrier Reef island Hamilton Island is inevitably pictured as a tropical paradise with great beaches underwater coral and creature wonders sea sports and adventures and a live-it-up holiday lifestyle…The island includes resort accommodation boutique shops swimming pools restaurants and a marina to moor your boat…With a fringing coral reef snorkeling and diving are among the islands most popular water activities which include beach cruises water skiing wind surfing sailing kayaking game fishing…On land there are nature walks and native flora and fauna to discover. Many of these islands like Hamilton Island have fringing coral reefs and are generally considered part of the Great Barrier Reef…The Great Barrier Reef extends 2000 kilometres from the Torres Strait in the north to south of the Tropic of Capricorn all along the north Queensland coast…

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