Marine World

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Marine World

Upon our arrival, the Reef Magic II pulled up alongside the Marine World platform and docked for the day.  We were free to move back and forth between the boat and the platform (which is open air with a tent-like covering).  The Marine World platform has an upper sunbathing deck, a large covered main level with tables, which is where the lunch buffet is served, a snorkeling launch, and an underwater observatory.  It also has three smaller boats:  the semi-sub for underwater views of the reef, a small boat that transfers you to the floating helipad, and a large boat that takes groups out away from the platform for extended snorkeling safaris. 

We first took the semi-sub to view reef wildlife.

me with Wally the Maori Wrasse
  We saw a giant clam, a sea turtle, butterfly fish, wrasses and parrot fish among other things.    When we returned to Marine World, I snorkeled alongside the platform where I met Wally the Maori Wrasse.  Wally and Sara are large, brightly colored fish that frequent the platform and show affection to the snorkelers.  Then Mark and I took a 10 minute helicopter flight that afforded us fabulous views of the reef from above.  This was well worth it as you get an idea of the immensity of the reef and the variation of beautiful water colors.   

After the buffet lunch, we went on an hour long snorkel safari where I guide pointed out many features and wildlife of the reef such as Moorish idols and anemone fish.  She picked up items such as sea cucumbers for us to touch.  Full body Lycra suits are provided, which protect you from the intense sun and from jellyfish.  I saw several jellyfish, but I was always able to easily swim away from them.  The water is quite warm, but very comfortable. 

 

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Marine World
Marine World
me with Wally the Maori Wrasse
me with Wally the Maori Wrasse
Marine World
Marine World
snorklers
snorklers
Reef Magic at Marine World
Reef Magic at Marine World
Reef Magic at Marine World
Reef Magic at Marine World
Marine World
Marine World
snorklers
snorklers
helipad
helipad
Marine World
Marine World
semi sub
semi sub
semi sub
semi sub
semi sub
semi sub
me and Mark on semi sub
me and Mark on semi sub
fascination
fascination
giant clam
giant clam
semi sub
semi sub
me looking stylish??
me looking stylish??
me snorkling
me snorkling
Marine World
Marine World
Marine World
Marine World
helipad
helipad
me and Mark before helicopter flig…
me and Mark before helicopter fli…
Mark on helicopter
Mark on helicopter
me on helicopter
me on helicopter
Marine World
Marine World
Marine World
Marine World
Marine World
Marine World
Marine World and Reef Magic
Marine World and Reef Magic
Marine World and Reef Magic
Marine World and Reef Magic
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photo by: Makkattack