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The problem was the weather. All optional excursions were cancelled, and the sea was rough.
Absolutely nothing wrong with this trip but a little impersonal, which we may not have noticed but for the fact that we'd been on the reef trip the day before and had such good interaction with the crew both on the way out to the reef and whilst in-situ, still worth doing though and the island was stunning, because we only had a couple of hours we didn't get to see too much of it but it would be a great day out on a 'good weather' day.
Not a good location for snorkeling if you are looking for coral reefs and fish. It's mostly sand and grass. Very few fish.
Most of the coral is dead by Green Island - so if you are going for snorkeling, forget it. However, the boat was fast and the ride there was very enjoyable. In addition, you can see sea turtles, birds, and 20-foot crocodiles being fed.
DON'T TAKE THIS TOUR!!! Winds were high sea was VERY rough they shouldn't have even taken us out - that was very irresponsible of the company. I threw up the whole time on the semi-submarine and the glass bottom boat. I'd taken dramamine for motion sickness over an hour before we departed from Cairns. The tiny barf bags they supplied weren't nearly big enough. I used THREE!!! Employee put us on the semi-sub, then had to immediately return for FOURTEEN people that she said she had forgotten at the pier! By the time we got back to the viewing area, I was throwing up as were several other people. The operator had to keep gunning the engine to keep us in the same place because the water was so rough which made things worse! The water was completely murky and the colors were brown, black, and a dirty gold, nothing like the beautiful colors you expect to see. We saw only one small bunch of coral - also a dirty gold color. In addition the area that was designated for snorkeling was GROSS - filthy and very shallow less than 18. I wouldn't have stuck my little toe in it - it was that filthy! It was an absolutely MISERABLE TRIP!!! Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy!
DON'T DO THIS TOUR! Winds were high sea was VERY rough they shouldn't have gone out that day - very irresponsible of the Green Island Cat company. Ten minutes out on the boat I started feeling sick and took a pill that they supplied for motion sickness. I managed to keep from throwing up but three other people were throwing up the whole time on the semi-sub. The sub operator was gunning it to keep us in the same place because the water was so rough, but that made things worse! The water was completely murky with no color at all, nothing like the postcards. We saw only a few fish and one small bunch of coral. I decided not to snorkel because that area was really filthy. No one snorkeled there! It was an absolutely MISERABLE TRIP!!! The only thing good about it was that I had only booked a half day trip! Don't do this trip!!! You'll be just washing your good money down a dirty, filthy drain!!!
Generally a disappointing experience. Very rough crossing and extremely poor visibility re the coral, fish, and reef in general. I had been to Heron Island back in October of 1967 and remember experiencing fantastic, vibrant colors which, as a result, I have always associated with the Great Barrier Reef. I see now how important it is to be careful when choosing specific locations for these tours.
I didn't enjoy this. The crew did not help us with snorkeling and the sights we saw were mediocre. It was rushed.