How to Really See the Great Barrier Reef

I think a lot of people make the mistake of staying too close to shore when making a trip to see the Great Barrier Reef. At least that's what we did when we first started to visit it. There are a lot of islands situated along the inner reef, like Green Island, that make for an easy day trip from Cairns (one of the main towns to book trips to the Barrier Reef from). Only 30-45 minutes off shore and cheaper than a trip to the outer reef, they were our choice at first. Brochures and websites about each island described wonderful snorkeling and diving and we were generally happy with what we found. But after awhile we got restless and decided that there must be a spot where we could truly see the vibrant corals and vast array of fish and other animals that the Great Barrier Reef is renown for. 

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