The Great Barrier Reef is by far, in my opinion, the greatest attraction while visiting Cairns in Queensland, Australia. There are many ways to see it – diving, snorkeling, riding a helicopter overhead – but my favorite was a day excursion to Green Island. An amazing coral cay (which is an island with a tropical rainforest in the middle of the ocean), you can spend several days there on a resort or take a day trip from Cairns.
I chose to take a day trip and was so excited when we arrived.
Along the beach, you can rent a lawn chair to soak up some sun or a kayak to row out around the reef.
Part of my excursion included a ride in a glass bottom boat:
where the fish got up close and personal.
But my favorite part of the day was the snorkeling!
Check out these beauties:
This guy snuck up on me:
Was so sad to sail away…