The Great Barrier Reef is the most treasured dive spots in the world.
It is the most extensive reef systems in the world and it goes without saying that it is one of the top destinations for divers.
“The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.” – H/T Wikipedia
See the pristine Great barrier Reefs by drone in the following video clip taken 50km off Mission Beach.
Watch this video to plan your dive trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Learn about the Whitsunday Islands (Hamilton Island).
Just a glimpse of what’s to be seen diving below the surf at the Great Barrier Reef.
Diving deeper into sustaining the Great Barrier Reef.
Watch the clip below for more insights about what is going on to preserve this beautiful place and its impact on its visitors.
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Best Dive Sites In The Great Barrier Reef
Agincourt Reef – located approximately 72 km from Port Douglas, these reefs are considered among some of the world’s best dive and snorkel destinations. Due to its proximity to the Continental Shelf, the reefs have excellent visibility, and a great diversity of hard coral species as well as a large variety of marine life. Divers can experience dirft and wall dives, bommie and pinnacle, coral gardens and swim-throughs. From June to September minke whales are often spotted in this area!
Ribbon Reefs, Northern Great Barrier Reef – This area is known for a variety of pristine dive experiences. In late June and July, you have the chance to see dwarf Minke whales. At Cod Hole, you’ll see how the site got its name as giant potato cod surround you. Pixie Pinnacle is a wonderful example of a coral bommie that rises from a depth of 40 metres/130 feet. Also, Challenger Bay is a hotspot for cuttlefish encounters.
Osprey Reef – Only accessible via liveaboards departing from Cairns or Port Douglas, this exposed coral mesa sits in the middle of the Coral Sea far from anything. North Horn is perhaps its most famous dive site for its shark feed. Around the Bend displays colorful soft coral and offers the chance to see manta rays as they pass through this site.
SS Yongala – The Great Barrier Reef’s signature wreck is the SS Yongala, a 109-metre/357-foot luxury passenger ship that went down during a 1911 cyclone. On this wreck everything is supersized – sea snakes the size of your bicep and sea turtles so big they look prehistoric. Every single space on the wreck is covered in colorful life. It’s worth several dives to try and see it all.
The Whitsundays – Comprising 74 idyllic islands, the Whitsundays are perfect for divers looking to complement their diving with multiple activities, such as sailing, island exploring or just lying on top rated beaches. While scuba diving, expect colorful shallow coral gardens and a variety of marine life like passing green sea turtles, patrolling white tip reef sharks and striking Napoleon wrasse.
Heron Island – On the Great Barrier Reef’s southern reaches, this famed resort island is accessible via ferry or helicopter. Scuba dive on a bommie that serves as a manta ray cleaning station and also watch for crowds of jacks, barracuda, eels, sharks, eagle rays and very curious sea snakes. Other dive sites feature sea turtles and nudibranchs.
HMAS Brisbane – Off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is the great wreck dive of the former HMAS Brisbane, a 133-metre/433-foot guided missile destroyer. This purpose-sunk artificial reef went down in 2005 and sits upright in 15-18 metres/50-60 feet of water. There’s a lot of ship to see and a lot of marine life that now call HMAS Brisbane home.H/T travel.padi.com
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