Heron Island Adventure: Baby Turtles and Tales with Jacinta Shackleton

March 7 - 10, 2025 (Pending)



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Heron Island Adventure: Baby Turtles and Tales with Jacinta Shackleton
Jacinta Shackleton
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The Story

Ever dreamed of witnessing a turtle hatchling's first steps towards the ocean? Join us on Heron Island, a breathtaking natural coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef, for an adventure where nature's wonders meet the art of storytelling. Accompany Jacinta Shackleton, a seasoned marine biologist and Master Reef Guide, on this unforgettable expedition.

Immerse yourself in daily snorkelling adventures led by Jacinta. Swim with the island’s graceful sea turtles and explore a dynamic underwater world teeming with marine life. Heron Island Resort, your home during this journey, is a sanctuary of comfort seamlessly integrated with eco-conscious practices, reflecting a deep commitment to sustainability and conservation.

Be part of the heartwarming spectacle of baby turtles hatching and embarking on their maiden ocean voyage. These moments are not just seen but felt and experienced through Jacinta’s engaging Storytelling Masterclasses. Dive deeper with hands-on photography workshops and science storytelling walks that unravel the island’s ecological mysteries.

This all-inclusive experience also includes delicious meals, guided island walks, and private boat tours. Depart with more than memories; a professionally curated photo gallery by Jacinta will immortalise your Heron Island adventure.

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The Highlights

  • Experience turtle hatchlings' first ocean journey
  • Storyteller Guide & Airguides Expedition Leader
  • 3 nights at Heron Island Eco Resort
  • Photography Masterclasses with Jacinta Shackleton
  • Daily sunrise snorkels, storytelling walks & private boat tours with Jacinta
  • Personalised photo gallery

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Jacinta Shackleton

Heron Island Adventure: Baby Turtles and Tales with Jacinta Shackleton

Why Travel With Jacinta?

Jacinta Shackleton is more than your typical guide; she's a marine biologist, a Master Reef Guide, and a true champion of the oceans. Adventure is in her veins, inspired by her relative, the famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Jacinta's days are spent unveiling the wonders beneath the waves and showing others how to protect this incredible world.

As our Lady Elliot Island expert, she doesn't just guide; she's a storyteller of the sea. Her deep bond with the Great Barrier Reef and her vast scientific knowledge make her a leading voice in marine conservation. Jacinta has a unique talent for turning complex research into engaging stories that spark curiosity and drive conservation efforts.

Joining Jacinta means it's about immersive learning and discovery. Whether you're an aspiring marine biologist or a nature enthusiast, her approach is welcoming and insightful. She customises each trip to match the interests and understanding of her guests, creating experiences that are not only enjoyable but truly memorable.

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Gladstone to Heron Island

Meet-and-greet with your Storyteller Guide

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Heron Island

Sunrise to Moonlight: Discover Heron's Underwater Worlds


Heron Island to Gladstone

Capture, Edit, and Farewells

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Heron Island Adventure: Baby Turtles and Tales with Jacinta Shackleton
“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.”

- Sir David Attenborough
Heron Island, Queensland, Australia
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