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A WEEK ON HERON ISLAND

September 12, 2017

Where do we begin? A remote island in the Southern Great Barrier Reef only 800 metres long and 300 metres wide. With over 1500 fish species and 72% of the reefs coral species, Heron Island is a haven for ocean lovers. We were lucky enough to take the boat trip out to where we would be spending the next week. After a 3 hour journey seeing nothing but open ocean, our eyes lit up when we saw the tiny coral cay ahead. 

We couldn't wait to go for a dive so we chucked on our wetsuits and fins and got straight in the water. Immediately we were in another world. From turtles to eagle rays, reef sharks to mantas and star fish to loggerheads - we could see why this part of the Great Barrier Reef still held its 'pristine' title. 

We took the daily dive boat out with the Heron Island dive team to the outer reef and drop off. It was another magical experience with over 15 giant manta rays swimming alongside us. 

After our daily sunrise dive, we would head for a walk around the island to check out the wildlife and sea-life thats visible while on land! Heron island is a breeding ground and home for over 100,000 birds throughout the year so it was cool to see so many different species while on our walk. As well as birds, we got to check out the nesting areas for turtles! We were even lucky enough to spot a few baby turtles making their way to the ocean right next to a school of shovel nosed rays!

The sunsets each night on the island were like no other we had seen before! With the tide getting lower during the sunset, it made for beautiful colours and reflections across the reef. Each night was different and just as special as we ended the day with a cold beer!

 

If you want to explore an untouched part of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef then check out Heron Island here

 

 

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