Diving the Barrier Reef is one of, if not the, most popular reason millions of tourists from all over the world visit the Great Barrier Reef every year and, as one would expect, there are plenty of great areas to explore in an underwater location which contains so much visual beauty. From shallow water snorkelling experiences to epic deep-sea diving adventures, the reef offers nearly endless opportunities to get out and explore one of the most impressive displays of grandeur that nature has to offer over anywhere else in the world. Most diving operators on the Great Barrier Reef cater to all ability levels from beginners to the advanced, with diving courses and certification also available from PADI qualified instructors for those who are so inclined to get their diving certification. The water temperature ranges from 22C in June to 28C in March with January through to March being the wettest. A number of highly regarded diving reviews regularly rank Great Barrier Reef dive sites like the SS Yongala shipwreck in the top 5 dive sites worldwide. When hitting the waters of the Great Barrier Reef for a diving experience, there are two major ways to take part in these adventures:
Some of the world’s most widely-renowned diving sites can be found within the Great Barrier Reef, each offering something unique in terms of sights, water conditions and marine life; expect to encounter a huge variety of sea creatures during your diving trips including Manta Rays, huge schools of pelagic fish, Giant Aussie Cuttlefish, Green and Loggerhead Turtles, Moray Eels, Lionfish, Seahorses and much, much more. For the even more adventurous, many shark dives are also available in order to get up close to these sleek ocean predators, and you are likely to encounter anywhere from 10 to 70 sharks on the average shark diving adventure. Regardless of if it’s a single-day diving adventure you’re after or an epic extended multi-day diving extravaganza, there is an option on the Great Barrier Reef for diving to suit people of all persuasions and skill levels.