Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef was another birthday destination. My number one goal at Heron Island was to see baby sea turtles hatch and run for the sea. I was not disappointed. Our first evening on the island we saw a nest hatch, and every day after that as well. We also saw a large female turtle cover her nest and return to the sea, and on our last day, very early in the morning, my sister saw a large female run to the sea from the shoreline. We saw sharks and turtles during our snorkle trips.