The Great Barrier Reef is one of the premier diving locations of the world. It makes no difference if you’re an amateur or a seasoned diver, you will definitely want to make this a planned event any time you visit Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is 1,250 miles in length and runs from Queensland to New Guinea. You won’t believe all the natural wonders and spectacular sea animals that you’ll see.
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.
Australia offers many diving opportunities and a wide variety of places to choose from. When on a dive holiday, it is better to be forearmed with information so as to get the diving experience that you want.
Pixie Pinnacle is one of the most popular locations and it’s near Lizard Island. Large coral makes up Pixie Pinnacle and some of them are over ninety feet tall. Among the diverse sea creatures you’re sure to see are clownfish, rabbitfish, lionfish, nudibranches, and honfish. As you gaze past the Great Barrier Reef you may even view the Coral Sea.
Lizard Island has another famous diving spot – ‘Cod Hole’. Some of the sea animals that can be seen when on a dive off Cod Hole are the moray eel, the Napoleon wrasse, and large groups of cod – that is from where this spot gets its name.
If you want a slightly more active area, consider diving at Yongala Wreck. Head south 200 miles from Cod Hole and you’ll discover some of the thickest coral in the Great Barrier Reef. It provides hiding spots for eagle rays, jacks, flowery cod, and the barramundi cod. With luck you’ll run into some sea turtles as well.
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.
As a must not do, do not ever feed any of the sea animals that you encounter during your dives. Fish are known to become repeat pests when you feed them and can therefore, make them react aggressively to all divers. Dive to savor these wonders with your eyes and make sure you do not seek souvenirs. The beautiful coral, shells, and rocks that you see maintain the environmental balance for the animals that live in that area. Just give yourself the luxury of trapping all these wonders in an under water camera.