A Million Dollar mermaid in the Great Barrier Reef


The Little Mermaid may have wanted to be part of our world, but after a day on the Great Barrier Reef I was ready to trade in my feet for permanent flippers.

With all the makings of a tropical destination, you can’t visit Port Douglas without snorkelling around one of Australia’s natural treasures, The Great Barrier Reef.

Although the one-and-a-half journey to and from the water came with a side of motion sickness, the magic of swimming up close and personal with some of the most beautiful and rarest underwater life was well worth a bit of dizziness.


Boating out with Quicksilver reef tours, travellers were talked through the art of snorkelling and offered detailed descriptions on the various fish that may be encountered.

As a first-time snorkeler, my concerns for safety were immediately dispelled after finding life-guards observing from the dock, a large number of snorkelling guides, floating devices for less experienced swimmers and even a thorough head count at the beginning and end of the journey.


Despite reservations over my physical imperfections, the sea and the guys from Tourism Queensland convinced me to strip down into my swimmers and take-on the ocean.

And I’m glad I did.

After half an hour with my new underwater friends I was singing along with Sebastian, “darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, under the sea”.

As the water activities came to an end, Quicksilver provided a buffet of the tastiest food.


I ate as much as could, while keeping in mind I had another one and a half hour return journey to land.

Arriving back at Sea Temples Resorts and Spas in the late evening, I wasn’t quite ready to give up the sea and found myself relaxing in my own private-outdoor spa.

After almost falling asleep in the heavenly bubbles, I decided to step out and dry myself off in the sun before getting ready for an exclusive media dinner at Salsa in Port Douglas.

Although I resisted, my day eventually came to an end however I rested with the excitement that the announcement of Tourism Queensland’s Million Dollar Memo was only hours away.

Click here for more information on the finalists and how you can be one of the first to find out who will win the $1 million prize.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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