The Great barrier reef is one of the original 7 wonders of the world and one of Earths most spectacular natural phenomenas. Running 2,800 kms from Papeu New Guinea to the Southern coast of Australia’s Queensland. The reef can be seen from space making it the largest living thing on planet Earth!
Composed of an abundance of vibrantly coloured corals that home a thriving underwater world of rare and wonderful creatures that devise the worlds most complex ecological system, there is no surprise millions of people travel far and wide to visit the most iconic reef in the world.
The first time I visited the reef, I was blown away with how beautiful, tranquil and fragile this place really was. Experiencing this magical perspective made me realise that no amount of videos or pictures could do any real justice to how breathtaking the Great Barrier Reef is. Here you can find five ways in which you can experience the Great Barrier Reef for all it is!
1. Scuba diving
Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is every divers dream and the best way to view this iconic beauty for what it truly is! It’s easy to work out why once you immerse yourself into the breathtaking underwater world below! As you ascend into the depths of the clear and turquoise waters you will see the brown masses of coral transform into lively cliffs of vivid hues. You can also expect to meet some unusual but stunning creatures that will welcome you with their friendly presence and colourful scales that come in every shade of the rainbow. From purple giant clams that fizzle bubbles from the ocean floor to Wally the famous blue Maori Wrasse who greets you with anticipation, its an experience that you cannot miss!
Whether you’re PADI certified or your first ever amateur dive, there are plenty of companies such as evolution in Cairns that offer an abundance of packages that tailor towards your experience!
If scuba diving sounds too unsettling or you’re wanting to take things more leisurely, than snorkelling can be just as exciting! With coral cliffs being tall and water shallow and clear in some areas of the reef you can still get a spectacular glimpse of stunning underwater world that lies beneath the waves.
The best snorkelling places are on the shores of Green and Fitzroy island. Here you can expect to find gorgeous swarms of fish and even stunning Green sea turtles that line the coast.
If you’re wanting to see the Great Barrier Reef out from another perspective then there’s nothing more stunning than scenic views from a helicopter! From the sky you can admire swirls of blue that ripple into a plethora of magical shades which illuminate the abundance of lively corals that web into a visual masterpiece. Its not hard to workout why photographers flock from all over the world to take a snap from this incredible view!
4. Underwater hotel
If you just can’t get enough of that underwater wonderland than don’t worry, you can stay at Reefsuites! The premium submerged accomodation is located in hardy reef, just off the coast of Airlie Beach. Each room offers a windowed wall into the Great barrier reef where you can sit back and watch the gorgeous marine life that greet you all from the comfort of your own bed!
5. Glass bottom boat
If being the water just isn’t your kind of thing than the glass bottom boat is a great water free alternative to immerse yourself in the dreamy Great Barrier Reef! Glass bottom boats are accessible in Cairns, Port Douglas, mission beach and the Whitsundays!
Most have marine biologists aboard to explain the mysterious creatures below the seas surface and some glass boat tours even offer night tours with ultraviolet light highlighting the vibrant nightlife that emerges from the corals.
I’m an Australian blogger based in Central West NSW who has spent the last few years exploring the four corners of the globe, living as an expat and falling in love with the world just a little bit more everyday. Here you can find my tips, guides and experiences to help inspire you for your next trip!
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[…] The largest living eco system on planet Earth and one of the worlds’ most breathtaking phenomena, the Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must to experience with ones own senses. I have done snorkelling and scuba diving in this underwater wonderland and can confirm that this is truly an enchanting experience. The colossal breadth of wildlife and colour in all it’s untamed glory is something that everyone should prioritise while staying around Cairns. If you’re wanting to know how to experience this natural wonder, you can check out must have experiences out here. […]