Those willing to (literally) take the plunge and go down deeper into the Great Barrier Reef‘s waters will be rewarded with one of the most satisfying underwater scuba diving experiences available in the world. With each level of depth on the reef comes a new world of discovery, as this giant organism teeming with life makes for a new adventure awaiting around every corner. There are numerous different scuba diving companies that operate throughout the popular reef regions such as Cairns, Port Douglas and the Whitsundays, and almost all offer diving certification courses for both PADI and SSI certifications if you’re looking to gain official qualifications. As a single day is rarely enough to get the most out of the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, both multi-day tours and cruises as well as live-aboard trips that take you out into the reaches of the “Outer” Great Barrier Reef for a truly epic journey. Travel aboard premium, purpose-built reef exploration vessels with all the comfort and convenience that modern technology offers and you’ll be able to experience the best of the reef both stress and hassle-free as you are taken to all the top diving locations that the tour operators have learned about over many years worth of experience, including such hotspots as the Cod Hole (famous for its huge and friendly Potato Cod), Osprey Reef (with a diverse range of shark life all year round), Hardy Reef in the Whitsundays (an underwater oasis for turtles and manta rays) and much more. Aside from fish, the Great Barrier Reef is also a popular playground for whales, dolphins and porpoises, and scuba diving allows for much more “up close and personal” encounters with these creatures than snorkelling can. In short, if you’ve ever wanted to take one of the best diving experiences available on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef is the place to do it!