Great Barrier Reef Travel Blog› entry 5 of 11 › view all entries
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.
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.