The Great Barrier Reef snakes 2000km along Queensland's coast. There are many ways to enjoy its beauty; snorkelling, diving, swimming, from a glass-bottom boat, from the air and in shallow places you can walk amongst the corals and tropical fish.
Jason Dundas just had the most amazing and different experience with Cairns Seaplanes. They fly seven-seater Beaver aircraft, known as the safest, most comfortable and reliable seaplanes. They offer a great range of tours, and they can even arrange your wedding!
Jason flew at around 150m above the reef, skimming above Trinity Inlet. The clear waters are home to turtles and humpback whales and the spectacular colours of the reef stretch to the horizon.
There are around 300 UNESCO World Heritage listed-cays which constantly change shape and sometimes even disappear. Jason's flight took 20 minutes to reach Sudbury Cay, a tiny thumbprint in the sea. It has a fringing reef, and when the tide is right, the seaplane is able to land.
In true Robinson Crusoe style, Jason was able to stay on the cay, in the company of marine biologist Reece Swain, for a couple of hours to experience a feeling of freedom and solitude before being picked up by speedboat for the 40-minute return journey to Cairns.
It took just over five minutes to walk around the cay and then Jason snorkelled amongst marine life unique to the area. Your guide will stay with you and answer questions, or will leave you to absorb it all in silence.
If you fancy a romantic getaway for a couple of hours they can arrange platters of seafood and fruit, sparkling wine and an umbrella and blanket. Sounds like the ideal setup for a marriage proposal!
Your guide will keep a discreet eye on you for safety reasons. Snorkelling amongst all that beauty could have you unintentionally drifting away.
On the speedboat trip back to the mainland, your guide will point out interesting landmarks, various corals and tropical fish as you cruise at around 30 knots.
Cairns on the northern coast of Queensland.
Cairns Seaplanes 2.75-hour tours to the sandy cays of the Great Barrier Reef start at $798 for two. A honeymoon basket including a seafood platter, fruit and bottle of sparkling wine costs $64.50 per person.
Virgin Blue has flights to Cairns. One way fares start from:
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at February 18, 2010, and are subject to change.
Prices correct at February 18, 2010.
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