Great Barrier Reef Cruise

by John on April 24, 2013

There is nothing quite like a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. We consider ourselves fortunate to live in an area where visiting the reef is simply a decision to take a cruise on any given day. We can awake in the morning, look out the window and if the sky looks great, get ourselves to the marina where there are a variety of cruises taking tours through the Whitsundays.

In fact we did this just yesterday. We awoke and chose to take Cruise Whitsundays voyage to Hardy Reef, on the outer Great Barrier Reef. We have blogged about Hardy Reef before, so why did we go there again? Our reason. The weather was perfect and the tides were going to be just right for snorkeling by the time we reached Hardy Reef, allowing for several hours of fabulous underwater photography opportunities.

No matter how many times we snorkel in the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef gives us the most enjoyment. Fringing reefs are very good, but the water visibility cannot be guaranteed. It is a bit of a hit and miss situation where the water can be cloudy due to tidal flows or recent rain. The outer Great Barrier Reef holds no such problems. Being some 90 kms from the mainland, the water visibility is usually around 10 meters or better. Great for snorkeling or scuba dives.

Cruise Whitsundays “Seaflight” departs Airlie Beach at 8.00am daily. Seaflight is a wavepiercer catamaran with plenty of room and comfort for all. There is free coffee or tea on board all day. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided. Seaflight cruises to Hamilton Island for pickup then makes the journey to the Outer Great Barrier Reef which takes around 3 hours. You then have between 11 am and 3 pm to enjoy all the activities onboard their floating pontoon called Reefworld.

This is a cruise we recommend to all.


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John April 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

And here are some more images taken by Tanya at Hardy Reef. Tanya has a great underwater set up. Canon 7D dslr with a Tokina 10-17mm fish eye lens, in an Ikelite underwater housing.

Hardy Reef

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