Are you dreaming of experiencing the wonders beneath the water’s surface but have yet to take that diving course? Not a problem! At the Great Barrier Reef, just outside Australia’s northeast coastline, you don’t need a diving certificate to explore the big blue. Being one of the world’s most accessible reefs, it offers excellent snorkelling. All you need to know is how to swim. Snap on your goggles and let the reef guide you through the water.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to no less than 1,500 species of fish, 360 species of hard corals, one third of the world’s soft corals, and more than 8,000 different shells. On top of that, there are more than 50 different species of sea birds and shore birds that sweep through the air around you. All in all, you’ll be sure to find an abundance of magical creatures flowing through the skies and crystal blue waters of the Coral Sea. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the majestic humpback whales.
There are a few luxury resorts located along Queensland’s northeast coastline. Many of them offer snorkelling instructions and guided tours to make sure you get the most out of your snorkelling experience. Some of these resorts, like Bloomfield Lodge, even offer combined snorkelling and fishing trips that give you the opportunity to explore the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef both from above and underneath the surface.
It takes less than an hour to reach the reef from the shore. Once there, you spend all day snorkelling your way through the amazing underwater landscape and then do the fishing on the way home. Since snorkelling for a long time may be quite a strenuous activity, some areas around the reef have buoys placed short distances from each other where you can rest for a while before continuing your adventure through the underwater world. If you are still a little worried about your fitness level, you can also find float coats designed to give you extra buoyancy. Simply kick your feet and enjoy.
For anyone paying a visit to the northeast Queensland area, snorkelling the reef is a must. The warm water along with the mesmerising beauty below you may sweep you away into a dream world where you won’t even notice how far you’ve been swimming. Regardless if you’re a beginner or professional, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef will be an experience you’ll never forget.