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Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living coral reef system in the world; it stretches over 2,600km and covers an area of over 344,000sq/km. This natural wonder of the world is so big that it can even be seen from outer-space.
The Great Barrier Reef is formed by billions of Coral Polyp and plays home to a huge range of animals and plants, many of which are unique to the Reef. Much of the reef is out of bounds to tourists but there is still plenty to see and do here.
One of the best ways to get a real sense of what the reef is about is to take a day trip along the coast of Queensland. Many tour operators own their own private cay so you will pull up on a beach somewhere during lunch and get a real sense of seclusion. Check the town you are staying in for information related to these day trips. Many of these tours also operate glass bottomed boats so you can see the reef in all its glory without getting wet.
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One of the most popular activities however to carry out in the Great Barrier Reef is Scuba Diving. If you are not experienced however you will need to take a 2 days course in Townsville, Port Douglas or Cairns. The cost is fairly high but is worth it for the experience of exploring the marine life of The Great Barrier Reef. After your course or if you are an experienced diver then you can take one of the many day trips offered by diving operators. Some of these allow snorkelers on board so it is worth checking if that is possible.
If snorkelling is more your thing then you can head to one of the numerous reef islands where you will be able to explore The Great Barrier Reef without straying too far from the coast. Many of these islands also include a bar and a small beach so you are able to relax here and gaze at the wonder of the reef without getting your feet wet. Each of the islands offer a different experience so it is worth checking beforehand those you plan to visit, some have hardly any marine life around them.
There are plenty of helicopter tours operating which will enable you to see the reef from the air. This is a truly remarkable experience.
If you wish to spend your vacation along the Great Barrier Reef then why not combine it with a stay on one of the private islands? Pumpkin Island Eco Retreat and Bedarra Island are particular favourites amongst tourists.
The Great Barrier Reef is a sight that everybody has to see once in their life, and sadly not many of us will ever get the chance to see it from Space, however it is so much better seeing it up close. You get the chance to swim with fascinating creatures that you will never get a chance to see anywhere else in the world. There are so many ways to experience the reef and you will regret it if you don't visit.