The Great Barrier Reef is such an icon that it may even suffer from its own reputation.We had booked in on one of the large reef tours that depart from Port Douglas, but weather, a sense that we really did not want to snorkel with 250 other people and the discovery of a small company based at Cape Tribulation made as cancel.It was a very good call!
The reef was remarkable (pictures will follow) but the trip also happened to coincide with the return of the Humpback Whales to the area.They had been seen briefly the day before, but on our trip they put on a bit of a show.
There were at least two whales in the area.They seemed to be staying at the surface, slapping the water with their tails rather than diving. We could not get too close to the whales, but the whole thing was pretty exciting for all of us.
I had hoped to see good things on the reef (and I did), but the whales were a bonus.And just like the small stone you put in your pocket as a memory of a beautiful beach, the few minutes we watched these remarkable animals will be a powerful memory.