It’s difficult to talk about the Reef and the ocean around it without descending into cliché. The phrases that spring to mind have been heard before. I certainly know them, and you do to. So I hope you’ll forgive me when I return to them. There is a simplistic truth to them that no lily gilding on my part can supplant.
I’ve been to the ocean before. Most of them, actually. I’ve flown over them many times. I’ve been to beaches to swim (or at least dip my toe). But never have I seen an ocean as blue as I saw the day we headed to the Great Barrier Reef.