My travels took me to Cairns in Northeastern Australia where I had two amazing days diving the Great Barrier Reef. I opted to head out to the reef on one of the smaller vessels; the Falla Sailboat for a more intimate and quite experience. This also gave me more time to learn about some of the ecology of the reef and leave a smaller footprint. Sailing to the outer banks was beautiful and as the water lapped the sides of our boat my passion to save these places was ever more instilled. It took about 2 hours to sail to our first stop, and the weather could not have been more perfect. The water here is shallow enough to snorkel, but diving gets you more time to look at the corals up close and they are more colorful than I have ever seen anywhere else. Later on I jumped in with my snorkel and was able to spot and follow one of the few endangered green sea turtles swimming around in the reef. It was a mesmerizing experience swimming alongside the creature that without help may disappear from our planet. I was lucky enough to spot another turtle at our next location who had noticeable pieces of shell missing from a run in with a boat. Learn more about sea turtles at WWF.
For More Information on The Great Barrier Reef please visit The Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority