The Great Barrier Reef has a rather impressive name. But you will find that it lives up to that name and for many reasons. To begin, it is the largest coral domain on this planet, over 2000 km long and covering an area of 350,000 sq km and comprised of over 3000 individual reefs. Now that is impressive. But what is even more impressive is the diversity of animal and plant life found on the reef. For example, if you look hard enough you will find:
400 species of coral
1500 species of fish
5000 species of molluscs (mind-boggling)
500 species of seaweed (wow?)
215 species of birds (feathered variety)
16 species of sea snakes
6 species of sea turtle (out of a world total of 7)
Some of the largest populations of dugong in the world
This makes the Great Barrier Reef the most diverse ecosystem in the world. A very special place indeed. What makes the Whitsunday region even more special is the inclusion of the 74 continental islands found just offshore, ideal for diving, snorkelling, sailing and just plain relaxing.
We are also fortunate that the Great Barrier Reef is still in relatively pristine condition when compared to many of the world’s reef systems. It is sad to note that today, 30% of all coral reefs have collapsed, with many more in critical condition. And it is no surprise that this destruction is due to a variety of impacts by people. We will need to work hard to ensure that our reefs remain healthy.
You owe it to yourself to take some extra time before or after your instructor training to take advantage of the world class diving found in this part of the world. Every dive is special. We would be happy to assist you in planning a Great Barrier Reef diving itinerary.