There’s no internet or cell-phone service
In the age of technology, how is this even possible? Imagine living without phone or internet for several hours of the day. This is just unimaginable! People will actually have to talk to each other and enjoy the view. Worst of all, lack of internet also means there is no chance of catching a Pokemon on the Great Barrier Reef. Not even the elusive water Pokemon! Blasphemy!
The animals are curious about humans and want to interact.
Big and little fish alike want to swim up close with humans. They may even want to slide up against your wetsuit to say hello. Gross! This goes for turtles as well. The turtles are especially curious and will squeeze their way into each and every photo. One ruined my perfectly good shot of the coral. Could you imagine how upset I was when a sea turtle swam right in front of my camera lens and enticed me to follow him for several minutes? Goodbye perfect coral shot!
The colors of the water don’t even make sense
It looks like a box of crayons threw up all over the ocean. Where else in the world is the ocean filled with vibrant shades of emerald, turquoise, blue, indigo, and sea green all at once. Then bits of reds, green, purples, and oranges are mixed amongst the coral. Art teachers would say this color palette is too much for the mind. There is serious risk for color-overload!
You’ll learn a lot about the reef and the surrounding environment.
Getting educated on a trip doesn’t seem like much of a vacation. Learning about the current state of the reef and how to save it will fill visitor’s minds with factual and useful information. Did you know that 93% of the Great Barrier Reef is bleached and it’s not from diving, but from increased water temperature? And that a cooling of the Earth could save it. A sense of social responsibility will follow you home and you’ll want to inform your friends about what you learned. How time consuming! And you’ll sound like such a know-it-all!
You’ll want to explore more of the reef than you’ll ever have a chance to do in one trip.
What’s the point in visiting something that only leaves you wanting to explore more. For example, green turtles are born yearly on Green Island. Heron Island has beautiful water and bird life. The Whitsundays also are part of the Great Barrier Reef and are home to white sand beaches, heart shaped islands, and some of the clearest water in the world.
You have to hang out on a boat and talk to interesting people from around the world.
We met folks from Scotland, Montreal, and New Zealand. They all had unique and exciting stories on how they arrived at the Great Barrier Reef that day. Some snorkeled, some dove, some sat on the boat, took photos, and watched the wildlife swim by the sides. Each story was different and each experience unique. Everyone was friendly and excited to share stories. And all commented on our American accents!
People back home will want to be your friend.
Something about experiencing one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World makes people want to hear about your adventure. Could there be anything more annoying than having to share photos of a turquoise sea filled with playful animals with your friends, family, and co-workers? I think not.
Diving anywhere else will never compare.
Alas, you will be spoiled. So spoiled that when you dive with sharks in Belize several months later, you’ll remark how much less colorful the reef in Belize is compared to the one in Australia. We met people who said the waters in Turks & Caicos, Indonesia, and Thailand didn’t compare either. I guess we’ll just have to keep diving until we find somewhere comparable.
Believe me, don’t go to the Great Barrier Reef. Stay home and watch a David Attenborough special on it instead. The images of the Great Barrier Reef in his documentary will never compare to the real thing, but you’ll never know the difference.