|Nov. 14th, 2006 04:00 pm Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef|
Janet and I just got back from a week's holiday in Australia... Among other things, we went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. The tour company (Wavelength, out of Port Douglas, who we highly recommend) sent us a great CD full of photos from the trip.1 comment - Leave a comment
We had a great time with Wavelength, and highly recommend them for anyone visiting the Great Barrier Reef. They do a number of things differently from most tour operators, which all added up to a better experience for us. First, their boats are relatively small, only 30 passengers max (most other operators take double or triple that number on each boat); this means a less crowded and more personal experience (especially since, on the day we went out, the boat was only half booked). Second, they only do snorkelling, not SCUBA diving; the other boats are primarily geared towards SCUBA divers, and the staff is focused on getting the divers equipped, into, and out of the water, which can lead to a "second class" experience for snorkellers. Third, they've been doing this for a long time, and doing it because they love it. And fourth, they're one of the original "eco-tourism" operators in the area, with a strong focus on education, appreciation, and responsible stewardship of the reef. Anyway, like I said, we had a great time with them, and highly recommend them.
More about the rest of the trip later, when we get out own photos online...