Hamilton island sits on the barrier reef, the outermost part of the reef is a few kilometers to the west. We booked in for a full day snorkeling/diving trip to the outer reef, but, although I was eager to tackle the 2-3 meter seas in the passage, H2O Sportz and Ryan were not, so we settled for the half day trip to a reef on the north side of the island. Ryan went for a full dive and I snorkled. The reef was beautiful, much like the GBR stereotype. Fish of all sizes abounded as well as dozens of coral varieties. I was surprised at the number of soft corals, as I had the hard, bone-like, variety in mind. My favorite reef sightings were the enormous giant clams that resemble blue lips opening and closing. Although I was told by the guide that the 14-18 cm specimens we saw were "small" giant clams, they still register as substantial to me. No pictures were taken - it is unlikely they would have done the reef justice. The trip was worth it despite the rather cold weather and smal!
l amount of seawater in the nose.