Our first stop
was Heron Island, a coral island on the southern end of the Great
We stayed at
the Heron Island Resort.
They kept us well fed with fabulous buffets for breakfast and lunch,
and always a sumptuous dinner. If it weren't for the strenuous exercise
of walking to and from the dive boats or hauling ourselves into
bed for the afternoon siesta, no doubt some of us would have gotten
We logged 11
dives total. There was usually one dive in the morning and one in
the afternoon. The water was a chilly 72 degrees F (chilly for us
tropical divers), which kept us from doing double dives in the morning.
The Great Barrier Reef was beautiful - every bit as impressive as
the better dive sites in the Caribbean such as Cozumel or Grand
Cayman. There was quite a bit more hard coral here than the Atlantic
dive sites I've been to, but the quantity and variety of fish was
similar to Florida or the Caribbean.
Some of the
more interesting sights we were treated to included a sea snake,
an enormous manta ray on the night dive, numerous white-tip sharks
up to 8', many sea turtles, dolphins, and finally: actual, real,
genuine clown fish hiding in sea anemones.
Here was our
island home for the week: