GREAT BARRIER REEF
Australia has one-fifth of the world's coral reef area, and most of it is here on our Great Barrier Reef. Beginning just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, the natural wonder known as the Great Barrier Reef actually consists of 2600 different reefs, stretching 2300 kilometres north along the coast of Queensland. We know that's why you've come here, and we're devoted to getting the best experience for you, whether you're an experienced diver, a first time snorkeller, or a landlubber who doesn't even want to get your feet wet!
THERE ARE A PLETHORA OF DIVE BOAT OPERATORS IN CAIRNS AND OTHER CENTRES OF TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND, AND FINDING THE ONE THAT SUITS YOU CAN BE A TIME CONSUMING CHORE. LUCKILY, WE'VE ALREADY DONE THE HARD WORK FOR YOU. FEEL FREE TO BROWSE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS ON DIVING AND SNORKELLING TOURS PAGE, OR DROP US AN EMAIL...
The Great Barrier Reef is composed of around 2600 individual reefs that range in size from one hectare to over 10,000 hectares in area, around 900 beautiful islands and cays, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 types of mollusc, 175 bird species, six of the world's seven species of threatened marine turtles and much more. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park stretches for more than 300,000 square kilometres, larger than the entire area of the UK and Ireland combined.
Each year, more than two million people come to marvel at the amazing sightseeing opportunities unique to this area of Queensland. With the 'Wet Tropics' World Heritage listed rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other, no other place in the world offers such diversity. And because of its natural beauty, both below and above the water's surface, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.
Visitors to the reef can choose from a huge range of activities, from scuba diving to cruising, charter vessels, aeroplane and helicopter scenic flights, glass-bottommed boat viewing, snorkelling, semi-submersibles, etc, the list is endless.
If you'd like us to help you with finding a great reef trip, just fill out the simple form below. Based on our own local experience, and taking into account current special deals, we'll get back to you with our top recommendations for an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience that was selected especially for you.
TAKE CARE OF OUR REEFAt Cairns Unlimited we love the Great Barrier Reef, and we ask for everyone's help in maintaining this breathtaking part of Queensland. Here are a few tips to make sure we don't damage the reef while still enjoying it to the fullest.
1. While in the water, please avoid touching anything. It may damage or even kill hard corals and other organisms. You could even hurt yourself if you happen to touch some which may have stinging cells and sharp spines.
2. Please, do not take any souvenirs with you. It's against the law, and it is destructive to our reef.
3. Please, make sure you take all the rubbish with you and do not leave anything in the water.
4. If you are a diver, please control your buoyancy and don't smash the coral. It will save you and the coral unnecessary damage. Watch your fins, they can be very dangerous especially to sea fans and the like, and also your gauges and spare regulator, so they don't hang loose below you and, thus, hit coral and other life as you swim by.
5. Don't feed the fish. Chances are that human food is not the healthiest thing for their diet. It also encourages them to get too close to divers.
6. If you were thinking of riding a sea turtle or a manta ray, please think again. Although you may see a lot of them in the reef, both are endangered species. Also, please report any injured or trapped animal you may see.
7. If you are a keen fisherman or enjoy boating, you can also help us protect this fragile environment. First of all, start by putting a cowl on your propeller to protect marine life as well as your equipment. Make sure toxins from paint, lubricants and fuel don't get in the water, and replace your old outboard engine if it is older than five years old with a new one (five times cleaner than old ones). Don't fish for 'as much as you can catch', only catch what you need and release the rest. Slow your boat in order to respect surface life. Learn how to anchor your boat safely in muddy or sandy bottoms and thus prevent damage to the coral reef.
None of these tips require an extra effort from your side and they mean that the great grandkids of our great grandkids will still enjoy the reef the way we do today. So to everyone, WE WISH YOU A HAPPY AND SUSTAINABLE TIME ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!
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