Venturing out onto the Great Barrier Reef, we were incredibly lucky on all counts. Skies were clear, the ocean was as calm as a lake and water visibility couldn't have been better. This was without question our most phenomenal snorkeling experience. In addition to spotting a number of new fish species, we were blown away by the diversity of coral species. (Over 450 types of coral)
We opted to go out to the reef on a boat operated by one of the original snorkel companies founded in Port Douglas, Wavelength. This company offers a trip with a maximum of 30 snorkelers, and stops at three different reefs for one hour each. There were also 2 marine biologists on board to lead tours, if desired, or answer questions.
Alan snapped all the underwater photos with his pocket Canon placed inside a special $25 underwater camera bag. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, here are a few snapshots from our day. (Click to enlarge, if you like.)