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The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest reef in the world, it’s so big you can even see it from the universe. It consists of over 2900 single reefs and about 1000 islands, including the Whitsunday Islands.

Of course snorkeling at the GBR was right at the top of our bucket list. In Cairns we were looking for informations about available tours and in the end we booked a daytrip tour with “Great Adventures”. The volunteer at the information center said it’s like the champanger package of the tours.

The Daytrip with “Great Adventures” each cost us 250 AUD per person. The program had it all: Air-conditioned catamaran, morning tea and coffee and small breakfast, two hours on the beautiful Green Island, three hours snorkel time at the ruter reef, snorkel gear with fins, underwater observation, submarine tour, warm and cold lunch buffet and snacks on the way home!

Our first stop was Green Island, we were really glad to have found a tour, which includes the small island, as it was also on our To-Do list. On the tiny island is a large holiday resort, a walking track through the rainforest and two excellent snorkeling spots where you can dive directly from the beach. We have discovered fantastic corals, many rays and even more fish. Two hours of stay were perfect, so we could see everything from the island.

The Platform

Another advantage of our tour was that the catamaran was stopping at a big platform in the middle of the Reef. There was the lunch buffet, sunbathing, snorkel equipment, the underwater observation and the U-boat tour starts also from there. The lunch was really tasty, there were several currys and lots of fresh fruit. You could get as many  as you wanted, of course we took advantage of it 🙂


From the platform you could get into the water very well and snorkel in the given area, two lifeguards ensured that you had a safe feeling. Our snorkel spot was just amazing, there were lots of colorful corals and even more colorful fish. So alive we have never seen the reef so far, it was really unique. Even huge fish came into our area, the largest were over a meter long.