I was extremely excited to be heading up to Far North Queensland to dive the Great Barrier Reef again. It was on bucket list as done, but if you don’t write a blog post about it, it didn’t really happen, right? Plus, it had been about eight years since I’d last been to the Reef and the underwater ecosystem is always changing. Aside from experiencing one of the world’s natural wonders, I was going to be sharing the experience with my Norwegian boyfriend – what a great way to show off your homeland!
Last time I was on a three day live-aboard boat which departed from Cairns with Pro Dive Central Coast. This time we were just taking a day trip from Port Douglas (about an hour’s drive north of Cairns) with Quicksilver Cruises. It’s not a cheap adventure though, costing $300 per person for the boat ride out to the Reef and three dives. It did include all the equipment and food but still, I found it a bit pricey. When I was on the live-aboard I think I spent around $600-$700 for three days and two nights on the reef, which included 11 dives and all our food and equipment. I’d say the live-aboard is much more value for money.
We spent the day at Agincourt Reef, which was a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius all day (not bad for the middle of Winter!). Over the course of the day we went to three dive sights: Point Break, Barracuda Bombie and Turtle Bay. Without a doubt, the second dive was my favourite. Just as we jumped in the water, a turtle swam by – close enough for me to get a selfie! I know it sounds like I should have got a turtle selfie in Turtle Bay, but I was unlucky and didn’t see any there.
And for those that don’t get a chance to dive the Great Barrier Reef, here are some of my favourite photos from the day:
But don’t worry, if you want to experience the Reef and don’t scuba dive, those same day trips also offer snorkelling. Many sections of the reef are quite shallow and you can see plenty of marine life from the surface of the water. If you’re not interested in getting wet at all, one of the tour operators have a semi-submersible boat with a glass bottom.
If you liked seeing photos of my dive on the Great Barrier Reef, you might also like to check out my dive in the Similan Islands.