Have a Heart to Heart at the Great Barrier Reef Festival

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TravelEatpedia.com. Eleven of Australia's most passionate advocates for the Great Barrier Reef with a whopping 129 years of combined work experience

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TravelEatpedia.com. Eleven of Australia’s most passionate advocates for the Great Barrier Reef with a whopping 129 years of combined work experience and an impressive 41,701 scuba dives under their collective belts will gather for a one-day cruise to Hardy Reef off the coast of Airlie Beach on August 4. The trip is part of the 2022 Cruise Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Festival taking place from August 4 – 7, 2022.

With members of the public invited to jump on board, this is thought to be the first time that marine lovers and eco-conscious travellers will have heart-to-heart access to such a range of world-leading reef guides on any single bookable day tour.  

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Known as Master Reef Guides, these 11 highly trained guides will use their expertise to deliver an immersive, story-telling experience, that is crafted around the skillset of each particular guide and tailored to the interests of the day’s guests.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Assistant Director and Master Reef Guide program co-founder, Fiona Merida, said by personalising the experience, each guest would gain a greater appreciation of the beauty of the reef and a deeper understanding of the difference each of us can make to its survival for generations to come.

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“Through taking part in interactive educational activities led by these Master Reef Guides, guests will be able to explore our World Heritage Natural Wonder and discover the foundation of life on the reef and its incredible symbiotic relationships,” she said.

“They will be able to come on a journey, piecing together the puzzle of the Reef with world-leading interpreters.

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“Ultimately, we want these guests to leave as ambassadors for Australia’s greatest natural treasure, spreading these messages from their hearts to yours.”

Averaging 40 minutes for each of their combined 41,701 dives, the Master Reef Guides leading the day have spent 27,800 hours or 3.17 years engaged in underwater observation and activity and relayed the story of the Great Barrier Reef to around 2,334,000 visitors.

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