of Montreal, Canada is passionate about snorkeling, and the Great Barrier Reef was big on her bucket list. However, when she finally had the chance to go, she was somewhat disappointed. "The coral was the biggest I had ever seen anywhere—massive underwater mountains—but as far as tropical fish, there were very few and the ones I saw were very small," she says. "I had envisioned being immersed in an enchanting underwater wonderland of colorful marine life á la Jacques Cousteau, so it really was a let-down."
BUT: What she witnessed as she flew over the reef by helicopter was definitely "bucket worthy." She says the brilliant colors and interesting textures of the coral she was able to see from above simply defied description.
Susan Campbell is a travel and lifestyle writer specializing in the Caribbean for many print and web-based outlets. Her portfolio is at Rebelmouse.