snorkeling on GBR
Replies: 4 - Last Post: May 28, 2012 1:06 PM Last Post By: drewmeister_sd
May 18, 2012 4:48 AM
snorkeling on GBRHi
I'm hoping you can help, I'm trying to decide which will be the best experience for snorkeling. I'm trying to pick between Bait Reef (although this is likely to be mainly a dive boat so im not sure if this will give us the best snorkeling experience) they take you to places like Gary's Inlet Ampitheatre, bait wall, manta ray bommie, gaint stepping stones (not sure if these are better for driving than snorkeling?) Our other choices are Knuckle reef (the research ive done seems to indicate this isnt the best) and Hardy Reef?
Thanks for your help
May 23, 2012 9:26 AM
May 23, 2012 11:54 AM
May 27, 2012 8:27 PM
I used to work for H20 sportz out of Hamilton islands that did trips out to bait reef. It is a very nice reef and that company caters to both divers and snorkelers well. I've also worked on the GBR out of port douglas and on the Southern end of the GBR as well and can tell you bait reef is a good representation of the reef in general.
May 28, 2012 1:06 PM
4Buddy, we went with Wavelength out of Port Douglas. Keep in mind that this was 4 years ago, but the company was excellent and the snorkeling fantastic. I had high expectations, and they were met. We saw these amazing giant clams that were up to 2 meters across with fantastic colors.
Wavelength had a marine biologist on board, which I really liked. I've snorkeled all over and know a lot about the ocean, but I learned a lot.
We saw some reef sharks, which was great but a bit unnerving.
Note that everyone in the water is required to wear a "stinger suit", a full body lycra rash-guard like suit to protect against jellyfish. I was very happy to wear it as it also protects against the sun, negating the need for sunscreen. I couldn't find one here in the US but I bought a full body rash guard with a hood to do the same thing whenever I snorkel or dive.
Good luck and have fun.
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