We loved Fitzroy Reef. The lagoon has a white sandy bottom, such clear water and so much reef to explore. I had snorkeled every day for a week now I think. Was I snorkeled out yet? Nearly. If Heron Island was all about big fish, Fitzroy was about the little fish.
After a long 2-hour snorkel at Fitzroy on our second day I had a blister from the fins and my nose was running like a tap. As for my ‘boat boy’ … “That’s enough for me”, he said, “my mouth tastes like rubber, my feet are rubbing on the fins, my ears are filling up with water … that’s it!” And he’d hardly snorkeled!!
If Heron Island was all about big fish, Fitzroy was all about the little fish …
When we were in New Caledonia last year I enjoyed some great snorkeling around the Gadji lagoon. Big drop-offs, coral gardens and a variety of fish. One of my favourite snaps was of the White-maned Anemonefish and its unusual anemone. It was like a donut, with the anemone tentacles growing from the centre (I’ve included a pic below). While snorkeling at Fitzroy I was lucky enough to spot a similar anemone, once again, with the White-maned Anemonefish. But this anemone had a deep red outer, with the green anemone tentacles growing from the centre. Not far away I encountered a similar but bigger anemone, perhaps an older one. These certainly make for interesting viewing.
Next up, Lady Musgrave Island!