We love to snorkel and are planning a 3-4 day trip to GBR in early September. There are so many choices that we're confused. What would be the best coral and fish viewing for snorkelers? A 2 day liveaboard cruise to the outer reefs from Cairns, or 2 nights at Heron Island?
Unfortunately, because of the short amount of time we have available, we can't do both because of the distance and expense to travel between both sites. I've read great reviews about both options, but not sure about visibility or if the water will be too choppy in either location.
I've read that the boat crossing from Gladstone to Heron Island can be rather rough, but the helicopters are an expensive option. The reviews of the resort in Heron Island are inconsistent, but I think we can live with that. However, there are some postings complaining about pesky birds in Heron Island being noisy, aggressive and stinky--but wasn't sure if that was because of nesting season or year round.
Where is the reef more fabulous, outer reef from Cairns or Heron Island?
Help making a decision will be much appreciated. GBR has been on my "bucket list" and I would like to make sure I make the best choice for snorkeling, many sites seem to focus more on divers.