So we parked the van in a hostel car park and had an early night ready for our trip the next day. We arrived at the jetty nice an early to catch our boat we got our wet suits on they felt weird bit like a seal and then jumped on board the thriller had a briefing on the days itinerary and then we were off the boat was really fast we did some donuts and fun turns and took turns to sit right on the edge holding on to some straps. We made to our first snorkel spot after about an hour going full speed and we saw two massive manta rays so the captain dropped us in the sea right next to the rays and I snorkelled with them! They are so friendly and seemed to like the attention I then swam right in the reef and snorkelled around for good hour with all the tropical fish and stunning colours of the great barrier reef wow what an experience so many fish and coral all around me. We jumped back on the boat and powered on for another half hour and got to our second spot I jumped out and did another session this time I went away from the group and gently snorkelled into another bay on my own and bumped into a huge turtle! He swam beside me for a while then flew off into the coral I saw some huge fish no idea what it was but it was almost the same size as me so I didn't bother going to ask his name. Came across a few jellyfish as well which I steered clear of. Got back on the thriller and we made our way to Whitehaven beach and this was spectacular just stunning colours only the bright white of the sand and blue of the sea and sky. We walked through a bit of woods to the top and reached a look out with amazing views of the islands and beaches and we could see loads of sting rays in the shallow water took some pics then climbed down to the beach and had lunch everyone payed extra and had the buffet which looked great but as we where on a budget it was ham and cheese sandwiches for me. Had a wee sunbath and some swimming in the warm sea and jumped back on the boat to take us back to the real world. On the way back we spotted two whales not so far away and they where not spooked by our presence one mother and a baby good times when then powered on a full pelt with a few donuts along the way. Had a great day it was one of the things I wanted to do the most and fully enjoyed it.