About Great Barrier Reef
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The world's largest coral reef system (and largest structure made by living organisms) is visible from outer space, and can contains over 3000 individual reefs and over 900 islands. The reef has been labeled as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The Great Barrier Reef is thought to be the largest breeding site for turtles - including species of Green Sea Turtle, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Flatback Turtle and the Olive Ridley Turtle. A further 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises visit, as well as large populations of dugongs and 17 species of seasnakes. Sharks, stingrays, skates, and thousands of fish species, mollusks and corals round out the incredible diversity found in the area.
A large part of the Great Barrier Reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
First To Review: Marc K.
May 12, 2008
It looks like an aqualium just for me!! I did scubadiving in there at the first time. I had never tought I could see many fishes, for exeample crownfish, ocutpus and so on. There is clear sight in the sea, so we can enjoy to see many fishes without diving. When I did snorkeling, I saw that many fishes swam over the coral sea!! It was very beautiful, and wonderful!!
Aug 7, 2008
Once in a lifetime experience. Many activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, or glass bottom boat rides. Sea food lunch buffet included with the boat ride. Many pictures will be taken while you are here. It's something that you will never forget.
Jan 15, 2009
I am a non-swimmer who is really petrified of the water but I actually snorkelled at the Great Barrier Reef whilst on holiday there in December 2008 and I have the picture to prove it, LOL. My husband and I booked on a day trip with Reef Magic Cruises and I could not reccommend them highly enough!! The boat and facilities are first class and the staff are impecable. You cruise out to Reef Magic's Pontoon called Marine World and they are the only company who use it which is great and they also minimise the amount of people they take out each day so there are no big crowds at the reef. Marine World is excellent, fantastic facilities. The staff are very genuine and nothing is too much trouble. I was very nervous but plucked up the courage from 'God' only knows where to actually get into the water (with life jacket) and snorkel. Reef Magic have the best part of the Reef to snorkel from as far as I am concerned, the corals and fish are absolutely spectacular, so much so that I think because I was so taken aback by the sheer beauty of the reef this actually led me to put my fears aside for a while. The staff are very supportive of non-swimmers and people who are nervous, which is a great help; I should know. The food on board the boat was fantastic to say the least. I went on a 30 minute snorkel with Ruth a Marine Biologist which was excellent. I went with my husband and another couple and we held onto a life ring whilst Ruth took us out and about the Reef. She explained about the Reef and its many inhabitants to us. We also had our photos taken underwater with a huge fish called Wally, a very beautiful fish who looked a bit cartoon-like with huge Pamela Anderson lips, ha ha. We could buy our photos on board the boat. Such a fantastic day that I will always remember and cheris but I hope to go back there one day with Reef Magic Cruises. The next day we went on a different cruise, to Green Island which is beautiful. After lunch we went to a different pontoon not too far from Marine World with a company called Great Adventures but sadly the Reef here was not very good and the staff here were not a patch on those at Reef Magic ( my opinion) and I lost my confidence to go back into the water. So I cannot reccommend Reef Magic Cruises enough to you, you will not be disapointed. I hope this has been of some use to you, Donna :o)
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Oct 9, 2011
This was a very nice experience, but a bit of a disappointment for me. I made arrangements to go out on the Quick Silver for some scuba diving. They also have snorkeling, a walk down into a sub-sea level that allows viewing, two submarines that allow mobile viewing under water, and something that looks a little like a 19th century diving suit. There are two reasons I was disappointed though. First of all, they asked about what medication I was on. I am diabetic and taking some blood pressure medication. Although I arranged this from the US on the internet, no one said anything about not going on the dive due to my medication. Secondly, the reef seems to have lost color and may be dieing. Another location or another company might be just fine.
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