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HALF A DAY SNORKELING AT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF | OCEAN SAFARI - Bondi to Basic
The Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981. Due to pollution and bleaching, the reef is in a bit of trouble. When I, therefore, had the chance of snorkeling at two different locations during a snorkel safari I jumped at the chance. If I had known that there would be a storm and that the weather was going to be choppy, I might have reconsidered…. But there was no way out. So, in this post, I will take you along my very interesting ocean safari to two different reef sites (Mackay and Undine Reefs) at the Great Barrier reef and I will show you what wonderful world lies underneath the rough ocean. Great barrier reef snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, with over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometers. It beginning at the tip of Cape York Peninsula in the North of Queensland and extending down to Bundaberg in the south. The reefs are home to countless incredible ocean creatures, from sharks to Nemo fishies, they all can be found living in and around the reef. You do not have to dive in order to see these incredible scenes. There are many amazing snorkeling tours that will allow you to experience the beauty of the reef! The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef is from June to October. This peak season offers some key advantages for travelers. On average the temperature hovers between 15 degrees and 26 degrees (so with a wetsuit that is doable) But because of the low rainfall, waters are ofter more clear, so you will have better snorkeling conditions. great barrier reef tours – ABOUT OCEAN SAFARI The Ocean Safari is run from Cape Tribulation (in the Daintree Rainforest) and offers half a day snorkeling tours. They go to two different reef sites (Mackay and Undine Reefs). In total, you swim for about 2 hours and you have the opportunity to see turtles, stingrays, lots of parrotfish and much more. It includes all snorkeling equipment and a personalized snorkel instruction PRICES Underneath you will find the prices of the tours and some extras as per October 2019: TOUR Price Adult $ 154 Child $ 99 Family $ 459 Optional Extra’s Price Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire $ 8 Prescription Mask Hire $ 15 Water ? Soft drinks ? Beer/Cider ? Chocolate ? GETTING TO THE REEF If you are planning to book this trip, then expect to go back to the basics. I am no boat expert so to describe this boat I would say it’s a rubber dingy with a hard bottom. There is a U-shaped bench at the back, which they say was less choppy than sitting at the front. There they had 4 rows of 2 seaters as well. The maximum amount of people they take on the trip is 25. Because of the rough sea, we were given a wetsuit as well as ponchos. Which…