One of the most often asked questions we receive is “Where are the best spots on the Great Barrier Reef for scuba diving and/or snorkelling?” Given the huge number of potential destinations in the reef – many nestled among the dozens of islands and off-shore locations that can be found throughout the Reef’s roughly 2600km length – it can often be difficult when planning a holiday or dive trip to narrow it down. We’ve consulted with multiple experts who have been diving all of the Great Barrier Reef’s hot spots for decades and gotten their opinions and advice to hopefully help make your decision that much easier. Q: Where, in your opinion, are the best diving or snorkelling sites in the Great Barrier Reef? A: “We utilise Sand Cays located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine park for snorkelling as we have found that they are not visited by many large boats or loads of tourists. Because of this they are kept quite pristine.” – Za Harricharan, SkySafari Australia A: “Hardy Lagoon, inside Hardy Reef, which is best at allow tide. It’s situated 35 Nautical Miles offshore from Airlie Beach.” – Lauren Ward, Air Whitsunday A: “Knuckle Reef and Hardy Reef are both excellent sites for snorkelling and diving. Hundreds of different types of fish as well as hard and soft coral thrive at these outer reef sites, making them great for marine life viewing. It is common to see tusk fish, cuttlefish, moray eels, barracudas, unicorn fish, surgeonfish, angelfish, gropers, Maori Wrasse, feather stars and much more! Bright coloured anemone, parrotfish turtles and reef sharks also make up the range of species seen at the Hardy and Knuckle Reef sites.” – Amanda Pelham, Marine Tourism Management So what else makes Hardy Reef in particular so popular for diving?