Tourism Tropical North Queensland prize winner Swims with Whales

A SYDNEY IDER, who won a Great Barrier Reef holiday competition, is gobsmacked after swimming with dwarf minke whales with Advanced Ecotourism Certified operator Eye to Eye Marine Encounters.

Taylor Smith was the winner of a Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) social media competition on, which coincided with the national release of the BBC documentary Great Barrier Reef.

He spent six days with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, which included swimming with the whales.

“It was like I was on an expedition with a bunch of friends, who just happened to be experts on the dwarf minke whales that we swam with everyday,” Mr Smith said. “It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.”

TTNQ chief executive officer Rob Giason said the competition shared a reef and marine life conservation message via social media to a wide audience through Earth Hour, PADI Asia Pacific, Hilton Cairns, Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, Panasonic Australia, Tourism Australia, Tourism Queensland and Virgin Australia.

The prize included return airfares for Mr Smith and his partner from Sydney to Cairns with Virgin Australia, accommodation at Hilton Cairns, a Panasonic FT3 Lumix camera and the minke whale expedition with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters.

For more information about Eye to Eye Marine Encounters visit their website.

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