On Thanksgiving day, we visited the Great Barrier Reef. Since the reef required a boat ride, we opted for Quicksilver cruise because it would be easiest for our differing abilities. I have passed a serious scuba class, but opted out of certification and I have experience snorkeling in Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean while my children and husband did not have experience. Would they do it or freak out and refuse after wasting 💸💰💵? The experience we opted for was a boat ride to a huge platform near the outer reef. Lunch was included and it seemed doable for all, but with an emphasis on the beginner. The suiting up wasn’t nearly as cumbersome as skiing, but close. We rented suits to protect from jelly fish and unpleasant sunburns. We approached the busy platform and though my youngest was scared, she jumped in. The others had gone ahead and were quickly capable. It was nice that the area was all roped off so you couldn’t get interested in something and end up way far away from your ride back to land. My goal of seeing a sea turtle was not fulfilled, but we saw some great fish and coral. We definitely saw some clown fish. (Nemo) The experience as a family is a lot different as their comfort can sometimes put a damper on seeing as much as possible so you need to lower your expectations and call it good. At the end of the day, we saw one of the most extraordinary things on earth.