Tips for Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

by christian haugen

The Great Barrier Reef of the Australian coast is often regarded as the ultimate diver’s paradise. A living coral reef spread over hundreds of square miles with crystal clear waters and the most amazing sea creatures, the Great Barrier Reef seems like every oceanographer’s dream.
But you don’t necessarily to be an expert diver or some scientist in order to approach this natural wonder. Actually, most of the people diving into the Great Barrier Reef are tourists attracted by its exotic beauty. The Great Barrier Reef Represents one of major attractions in Australia so you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit this fascinating place. Should this be the case, you might find these tips for diving in the Great Barrier Reef to be quite useful:

Transportation and Popular Itineraries

by kevgibbo

There are numerous ways and means to get to the Great Barrier Reef. The city of Cairns is generally regarded as the main gateway towards the Great Barrier Reef so most trips will usually start from here. This also means that you’ll be able to choose your means of transportation: you can get to Cairns by plane, bus, rental car or even a hot air balloon if you want.
Before planning you trip to the Great Barrier Reef, it is essential to know what your interests are and also which are the main attractions around here. You can easily book a diving excursion from Cairns or Port Douglas – there are plenty of boats which will take you there, but this means that you already know how to dive. A great starting point for exploring the Reef is represented by the Withsunday, tropical islands which are right in the middle of the reef. Hinghinbrook is another great itinerary: this is your chance to enjoy both the Queensland Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef within a single trip.

Safety Tips

by babasteve

The first thing you should know is that you should never adventure into the reef without the proper equipment and guidance. Even the well trained divers might encounter unexpected dangers like local poisonous animals they don’t know about. So try to avoid the box jellyfish, stingrays and most importantly, crocodiles (which are not uncommon in the Reef!). Always keep an eye for warning signs and ask the locals for advice when in doubt. There might be some more trivial dangers as well, like sunburn or mosquito bites – but let us not forget that these are also easy to neglect.

Leave a Reply