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5 Reasons To Visit The Great Barrier Reef

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Are you a passionate traveller seeking awe-inspiring adventures? If so, the Great Barrier Reef should be on your travel radar. Spread over 2300 kilometres, this marine marvel promises a multitude of extraordinary sights. In this blog, we will discuss five compelling reasons why this UNESCO World Heritage Site deserves a place on your travel itinerary.

See A Natural Wonder

The Great Barrier Reef features the planet's largest coral reef system and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This sprawling marine habitat comprises more than 900 islands and 2900 individual reefs, constituting one of the most intricate and diverse natural ecosystems on the planet. In fact, in 1981 the Great Barrier Reef was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Discover Marine Biodiversity

From the graceful sea turtles and majestic manta rays to myriads of tropical fish, the Reef is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the seven turtle species: loggerhead, green, hawksbill, leatherback, olive ridley and flatback turtles. It is also home to 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of mollusc, 133 species of sharks and rays and 30 species of whales and dolphins.

Enjoy Scuba Diving And Snorkelling

You can’t visit the Great Barrier Reef without going scuba diving or snorkelling. There’s something magical about hearing the gentle clicking and movement of marine life underwater and watching the dazzling array of fish life dart around stunning forests of coral. The Reef also has some of the best diving spots in the world, including the SS Yongala, which is considered one of the top five scuba dive sites in the world and Cod Hole home to thousands of enormous tame potato cods.

Explore The Whitsundays

Located at the southern end of the reef, off the coast of the seaside town Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays are a must see if you’re visiting the Great Barrier Reef. These 74 islands house an array of beautiful resorts, pristine white beaches and lovely towns. A scenic helicopter tour provides a unique viewpoint for appreciating the grand scale and beauty of the Reef and these spectacular islands.

Enjoy Outdoor Activities

Diving and snorkelling aren’t the only activities you can enjoy! Kayaking is another wonderful way to explore the Reef. Peacefully glide around and drop in and out of the water at your leisure or wait for night and enjoy some spectacular stargazing. Camp out on the beach and sleep beneath the stars or organise a night diving adventure to observe the nocturnal life of the Reef and witness the captivating phenomenon of coral spawning.

Start Your Journey With Cairns Discovery Tours

The Great Barrier Reef awaits, promising an extraordinary adventure filled with mesmerising sights and thrilling activities. So, if you are ready to dive into this natural wonder, contact Cairns Discovery Tours. We offer a range of amazing tour packages, including reef day cruises, island tours and reef helicopter tours, so you can explore the very best of the Reef. Call today to plan your adventure.

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