Whether you’re an amateur diver, or an experienced one looking for a new challenge, you’ll want to visit Australia so that you can dive along the Great Barrier Reef. The Barrier Reef is 1,250 miles long and stretches from New Guinea to Queensland. Diving in this area of the world is an experience that you won’t forget since it’s filled with the wonder of natural elements combined with some of the most amazing sea creatures of the world.
The Great Barrier Reef is made up of over 2,000 individual smaller reefs. Islands made of coral are dotted throughout the reef, creating a wonderful spectacle of color and light throughout the ocean.
There are many sea animals that make their home on the Great Barrier Reef. Diving in these warm waters will give you a front seat to watch fish swim among the coral. You’ll want to make sure that you take along an under water camera so that you don’t miss this amazing opportunity.
There are many diving areas in the region, so when you reach Australia, you will want to consider which sites are right for your vacation diving experience.
One of the most popular diving places in Australia is Pixie Pinnacle, which can be found near Lizard Island. Pixie Pinnacle is comprised of a large coral, over ninety feet in height. The types of sea creatures that you’ll see on this dive include clownfish, rabbitfish, lionfish, nudibranches, and honfish. If you look out past the Great Barrier Reef you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Coral Sea.
Cod Hole is another diving location near Lizard Island. The creatures that inhabit that area are moray eels, the Napoleon wrasse, and large schools of cod.
Yongala Wreck is another very popular diving site. This site boasts of livelier sea creatures and is located south from Cod Hole by 200 miles. In this area of The Great Barrier Reef, the coral is thick and this makes it a great hiding place for eagle rays, jacks, flowery cod, and the barramundi cod. For those who are riding on good luck – you may feast your eyes on turtles in this area.
No matter where you’re diving in the Great Barrier Reef make sure that you dive safely and follow marine rules. One of the most important things that you need to remember is that coral is a living animal and therefore needs to be treated with respect. Also keep in mind that both coral and sea animals can be harmed from sand that is displaced from your fin wash, therefore keep an eye on where you’re diving at all times.
Don’t make it a habit to feed any of the sea animals that you encounter during your dives. As dumb as fish may seem they can become repeat pests when you feed them. This has the potential to make the fish react to all divers in an aggressive manner. You’ll be seeing a lot of beautiful coral, shells, and rocks while you’re diving. Removing these items will ruin the environment for the animals that live in that area so be sure not to take back any souvenirs of your dive that aren’t pictures that you took with your under water camera.