We're an older couple, chose this trip because we really wanted to see the reef and fish ourselves, rather than watch everyone else. The short drive south of Cairns was a great way to start, enhanced by a short cruise down the Mulgrave R before heading out to sea to the Normanby Island. The island is advertised as being part coral cay, part continental island and is so picturesque surrounded by clear aqua water. We were fitted for our diving gear, shown how to use it etc. We were so apprehensive and determined to snorkel today or never. Many thanks to our wonderful guide Ziggy who helped us get in and out of the water and towed us around the reefs, even diving to the clams. We weren't disappointed, there were so many fish and different reefs with such a variety of corals. We didn't see any turtles, but others did. We had a short island tour, a lovely lunch and we returned to our hotel having fulfilled a dream to see the coral and fish for ourselves.
Thank you so much again Ziggy, you're a treasure.
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