On a recent trip to Cairns I was able to get up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef myself. It was a fantastic travel day, filled with sunshine, saltwater and colourful fish. If you plan on making this trip while you are in Australia, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.
When you book a snorkeling trip on the reef, you will not need to bring a wetsuit, snorkeling equipment or fins as this will be supplied by the boat. You will simply need to wear your swimsuit and bring your towel. There will be some downtime when you are travelling out to the reef, so you might want to bring something to read or some music to listen to.
Australia-Great Barrier Reef sun bath.
I would also recommend bringing some seasickness tablets, as the water can be choppy on the way out to the reef. Also, if you have an underwater camera or a GoPro you should bring this along so that you can take photos of the fish. Don’t forget the sunscreen either - Australia is right under a hole in the ozone layer and the UV rays are very strong.
Australia-Great Barrier Reef Diving.