The Great Barrier Reef is pure enchantment. Not only does it delight the senses but it casts a spell over all who enter. Stretching through the sapphire blue waters of Queensland for over 2000 kilometers, the Great Barrier Reef is the most extensive coral reef system in the world. From Bundaberg in the south, to beyond Cape York in the Tropical North Queensland Region , it is also the largest World Heritage area, and the largest structure made completely by living organisms. The Great Barrier Reef is not a single reef, but features more than 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands. Some of these islands are deserted while others are small bare sand cays, permanently vegetated cays and continental islands.
The warm waters off Queensland offer some of the best boating and diving in the world. Diving the Great Barrier Reef will introduce you to a fathomless underwater world and thousands of brilliantly colored species of marine life including 1500 types of fish, 4000 types of mollusks, 350 types of echinoderms and 350 types of corals. This diversity creates a kaleidoscope of color for divers, snorkelers, and people viewing from underwater observatories and glass-bottomed boats. Average water temperatures on the reef range from around 22’C in July to around 27’C in January making it perfect for diving all year round.
The Reef is also the breeding area for a number of rare and endangered species. Humpback whales swim up from the Antarctic to give birth to their young in our reef waters. Six of the world’s seven species of sea turtle breed on the Reef, and dugong make their home among the sheltered Sea grass beds.
The Reef region is one of Australia’s major tourist destinations. While there are many boats and various companies to take you to the Reef, Traveler’s Digest recommends only one company. Visiting and enjoying the reefs is a personal exhilaration and should be enjoyed with a company that gives you personal attention. That company is “Seahorse Sail and Dive. Their catamaran motorized sail boat is the perfect size to provide comfort, safety and all that it takes to give you the day of your life. The skipper’s name is Captain Jon, a bearded pirate that has sailed the world and is one of the best dive/instructor’s that I have met and I have met hundreds. He schools you, pampers you with laughter and a carefree attitude that is both entertaining and enlightening. In other words, he is a character for sure. I can not remember a day better spent, nor a day that was more fulfilling. Captain & Crew provided our small party with every need and every fantasy. He knows the reefs, the ocean and everything under the waves. The Seahorse reef tour is adventurous, enlightening and will give you memories to last a lifetime. When you plan a trip to Australia, or if you are in Australia, you must visit the City of Cairns if you want to see the worlds largest Reef. Call Captain Jon at Seahorse Sail and Dive and tell him Mike Smith said hello. He will give you a day, you’ll never forget.