Many have tried to capture and communicate the complexity, biodiversity, size and amazing beauty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It’s no easy task this is a living natural wonder that defies simple description having evolved since before human occupation of the adjacent mainland some 50,000 years ago when the coastline and the reef itself were very different.
The Reef life comes in many forms and shapes and no one really knows how many species of living things inhabit this unique ecosystem. Extending approximately 2300 Km, with an area of more than 350 square kilometres, the Reef is also home to an estimated 2000 species of fish, about 400 species of hard coral, 5000 species of molluscs and more than 200 species of birds.
Beneath warm tropical waters there are cliffs, deep gorges and hidden caves, forests and valleys and plains of sand and rubble. This is home to countless numbers of micro-organisms, algae, plants and animals.
Now, with about 3500 individual reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays, there are almost as many different ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef as there are reefs!
A wide range of boats leave Cairns and Port Douglas daily for the reef, so in no time you can be snorkelling or diving in Australia’s most spectacular underwater environment. The choice of vessel really depends on whether you are a certified diver – or you want to experience SCUBA for the first time – you just want to snorkel, or just want to see the reef from the comfort of a glass bottom boat or semi-sub.
If water is not your element at all, there is always the chance to view this complex reef system and World Heritage Site from the sky on a spectacular helicopter flyover. We can even organise for you a private landing on a secluded cay with a glass of bubbles to celebrate!
Talk to us, we can assist you in deciding which is the option that best suits your expectations, experience and abilities.
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