The Great Barrier Reef is a natural spectacle and one not to miss

Great Barrier Reef Australia is the most significant living thing on Earth.

Explore more than 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

The most extensive reef system globally, and the only reef system visible from space, hosts a diversity of marine life and hard and soft corals, offering scuba divers and snorkelers an underwater paradise.

In Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is more than 18 million years old, offering a historical and magnificent experience for anyone scuba diving into the tropical waters.

Home to some of the highest marine life density in the World, offering more marine life in some of the reefs than the entire Caribbean Ocean!

This reef is home to more than 450 vibrant hard and soft corals with 1600 types of fish and 4000 molluscs.

Six different sea turtles, 25 whales and dolphins, and six giant sea clams call the Great Barrier Reef home.

The expansive ecosystem is also home to 125 types of sharks, 10,000 types of sponges and 22 species of sea life.

Visiting

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is among the most highly sought diving destinations globally, and for a good reason.

You won’t find coral, marine life or water conditions quite like it anywhere else on the planet.

With perfect reef conditions year-round and much seasonal marine life, visitors are passing through, including humpback whales.

Many reef sites explore, from external sites perfect for snorkelling and introductory diving.  Deep dives, underwater caverns, and swim-throughs are all bonuses when scuba diving.

Wherever you choose to visit the Great Barrier Reef, you get up close to the best marine life in the World.

There are ample opportunities to explore and find underwater walls, caverns, bommies, and shipwrecks, all boasting spectacular marine life.

Protecting the Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the World’s greatest treasures.  We must do whatever it takes to preserve it for our children’s children.  What can we all do to help?

  • The coral reef is a living thing, so please do not stand or kick the reef.
  • Use reef-friendly sunscreen.
  • No Touching – some fish and coral are poisonous.
  • Secure your items so they don’t end up as junk on the reef.
  • Take only photos and leave with good memories.

Great Barrier Reef Fun Facts

Christmas Tree worms can be in a variety of colours red, blue, purple or green.

The worms often have eyespots located in the branchial crown that are sensitive to light.

When a shadow passes overhead, the worm reacts rapidly, sealing the tube with a calcareous plug.

 

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