Get ready for an adventure unlike any other with Mark Fitz, the ultimate Southern Great Barrier Reef guru. Join us on a journey to Heron Island, an Eco-Certified paradise renowned for baby turtles hatching and embarking on their daring first journey into the ocean. Picture the magical moment as these tiny warriors break free from their sandy nests, and learn how your participation contributes directly to local conservation initiatives.
Under the expert guidance of Mark, a legendary photographer and marine life enthusiast, you'll not only witness but also capture these unforgettable scenes. Through exclusive Photography Masterclasses, Mark will teach you the tricks of his trade and reveal insider tips on capturing stunning shots. And when you're ready to dive into a world of wonder—grab your snorkelling gear and discover the island’s pristine, crystal-clear waters, teeming with vibrant marine life.
Available only in March—a critical month for turtle hatchlings—this exclusive expedition includes ferry transfers, 3 nights at Heron Island Resort, all meals, and daily guided activities with Mark to explore the island's treasures.
Mark isn't just an award-winning photographer; he's a marine life maestro. His specialised focus means you’re learning from one of the best in the business. Whether you're a beginner or already handy with a lens, Mark's insights will elevate your photography game, helping you capture marine life in a way you never thought possible.
With Mark, your journey goes beyond mere exploration. His advocacy for marine life and sustainability transforms your trip into a meaningful movement. You don't just witness ocean wonders; you become a part of a broader conservation story, seeing and experiencing the ocean in a transformative way.
Mark knows one size doesn't fit all in the world of photography. Whether you're trying to figure out ISO settings or mastering the perfect shot composition, his hands-on, personalised guidance ensures that you leave the trip not just with breathtaking photos, but also with skills and insights that last a lifetime.
Your First Day in a Tropical Wonderland
The day starts in Gladstone where you’ll meet Mark Fitz and your fellow adventurers. We board the ferry together, setting the course for the Eco-Certified paradise of Heron Island.
Once we arrive on the island, we'll make ourselves comfortable in the restaurant and do a fun Q&A with Mark. Your Airguides expedition leader will also provide an overview of what to expect during your stay, outline the planned activities and answer any initial questions.
After settling in, join Mark for an afternoon snorkel. Glide through the crystalline waters and marvel at the dazzling array of marine life in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
As the sun sets, we'll venture out as a group to witness a miracle—baby turtles hatching. Feel the anticipation build as tiny warriors emerge from their sandy nests and embark on their first journey towards the ocean.
The evening concludes with a meal at Heron Island’s restaurant. During dinner, Mark shares his story and passion for photography and the Great Barrier Reef.
Overnight stay at Heron Island Eco Resort.
Dive into Heron Island’s Best Kept Secrets with Mark
The day kicks off as you wake up in the serene surroundings of Heron Island.
Early birds get the worm—or in this case, a sunrise snorkel with Mark. While we can't guarantee wildlife, as all wildlife is wild, chances are you'll cross paths with a friendly shovel nose or cowtail ray.
Head back for a hearty breakfast at Heron Island Eco Resort to fuel up for the day ahead.
Your daytime activities include; Private Boat Tours, Island Walks, and Snorkelling.
Fancy a bit of 'you' time? Enjoy some free hours to relax or explore on your own.
In the afternoon, Mark will snorkel with you through the lagoons and reefs surrounding Heron Island. Here's your chance to marvel at the underwater world while learning how to photograph it like a pro.
Dive into Mark's Underwater Photography & Editing Masterclasses. Learn tips and techniques for capturing marine life in their natural habitat.
Once you've worked up an appetite, a buffet dinner awaits you at the resort's restaurant.
If the stars align, cap off the day with either an Astrophotography Masterclass or another round of baby turtle watching. Fingers crossed for clear skies or favourable conditions!
Rest up at Heron Island Resort; you’ll need your energy for more adventure ahead!
Capture, Edit, and Farewell: The Grand Finale
Rise and shine for one final snorkel session at dawn. Join Mark to explore some of the world's most beautiful underwater spots.
After your last snorkel adventure, gather round for your final group breakfast. This is where Mark's Photography Editing Masterclass comes into play. Learn from the master himself how to elevate your photos from good to breathtaking.
We board the ferry and wave farewell to Heron Island as we make our way back to Gladstone. Then, it's time to say your goodbyes.
“People say to me, 'what was the most magical thing you ever saw in your life?’ And I always say without a word of exaggeration, ‘The first time I was lucky enough to visit the Great Barrier Reef.”
*For assistance in booking your flights or if you have any other inquiries, please get in touch and we can help.
Experience the magic of Heron Island, a jewel in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. This isn't just a trip; it's a personal journey into an underwater world where colourful fish, turtles, rays, and reef sharks become part of your story. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters and let the vibrant coral reefs enchant you. Above the waves, the island's diverse bird life, with over 200 species, invites you to explore and connect with nature. Plus, by choosing Heron Island, you're not just travelling; you're participating in a journey of sustainable discovery, helping to preserve this incredible ecosystem for future generations. We invite you on an intimate escape into the heart of nature's wonders.
The legendary naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough, visited Heron Island in 1957 and was captivated by its beauty. He described it as "one of the most spectacular and exciting places" he'd ever seen. He went on to say, "This little island was, for me, a glimpse of paradise. It will remain in my memory forever." His visit to Heron Island ignited a lifelong passion for conservation and nature, testament to the island's profound impact.
Yes, Heron Island has a large range of snorkel vests and pool noodles for flotation. The in water snorkel guides are only too happy to help with any assistance and instruction.
Your adventure will be guided by a seasoned Airguides Trip Leader, who's an experienced travel guide and your primary contact for any needs or questions during the trip. What sets our trips apart? We'll be joined by a 'Storyteller Guide,' a true expert with deep knowledge and a genuine passion for the destination, adding authentic insights and stories to your journey.
Many of the activities involve swimming and snorkelling so we recommend a moderate level of fitness. It is also recommended that you are comfortable in the ocean.
Our trips are intimate and immersive experiences, accommodating 8-12 guests. Along with a knowledgeable Storyteller Guide and an Airguides Trip Leader, you'll join a diverse group of like-minded adventurers. Our guests come from various countries and backgrounds, including solo travellers, couples, and friends. This adventure is designed for travellers aged 18 and above.
Solo travellers can opt for a private room, which incurs a single-supplement fee. Please contact us for specific pricing details. Alternatively, we may offer a roommate pairing option on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Reach out to us for availability and more information.
Certainly! If you need help finding the best flights or planning your travel routes, we're here to help. Just reach out to us, and our team will be more than happy to provide guidance and support.
Pack the camera gear you're most comfortable with! Whether you prefer DSLRs or a simple smartphone setup with a waterproof case, our Storyteller Guides are skilled in various underwater photography techniques. For those interested in diving deep into photo editing, we suggest bringing a laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed. If you have any specific questions or need advice on gear, feel free to reach out to us.
We'd love to speak with you about this trip and answer any questions you have! Feel free to call, text or WhatsApp our friendly team at +61 402 552 918. You'll be connected with a real, knowledgeable person from Airguides, ready to assist. We take great pride in our personal service, ensuring we're with you every step of the way, from planning your adventure to your journey back home.
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