The Great Barrier Reef of Australia continues to attract passionate drivers both beginners and professionals who seek new challenges and adventures. The Barrier Reef stretches from New Guinea to Queensland and is 1,250 miles long. Diving along the reef and in the area in general is an unforgettable experience since the entire area is packed with amazing natural wonders and fascinating sea creatures of the world.
Over 2000 small reefs come together to be referred as The Great Barrier Reef. The entire great barrier reef is littered with thousands of small islands made of coral. All these islands creating a wonderful spectacle of color and light throughout the ocean.
There are many sea animals that make their home on the Great Barrier Reef. Diving in these warm waters will give you a front seat to watch fish swim among the coral. You'll want to make sure that you take along an under water camera so that you don't miss this amazing opportunity.
Australia offers many diving opportunities and a wide variety of places to choose from. When on a dive holiday, it is better to be forearmed with information so as to get the diving experience that you want.
Pixie Pinnacle is amongst the most popular diving places in Australia. Pixie Pinnacle is located near Lizard Island and comprises of a large coral that is over ninety feet in height. Some of the sea creatures that you wil see on this dive include clownfish, rabbitfish, lionfish, nudibranches, and honfish. While on this dive you can also see the Coral Sea just beyond the Barrier Reef.
Lizard Island has another famous diving spot - 'Cod Hole'. Some of the sea animals that can be seen when on a dive off Cod Hole are the moray eel, the Napoleon wrasse, and large groups of cod - that is from where this spot gets its name.
If you want a slightly more active area, consider diving at Yongala Wreck. Head south 200 miles from Cod Hole and you'll discover some of the thickest coral in the Great Barrier Reef. It provides hiding spots for eagle rays, jacks, flowery cod, and the barramundi cod. With luck you'll run into some sea turtles as well.
Irrespective of your diving spot, it is imperative that you follow all marine rules and dive safely. An important fact to remember is that coral is a living animal and therefore needs to be treated with respect. Additionally, the sand that is displaced from your fin wash can harm both coral and sea animals. Therefore, as a good diving practice, you must always keep an eye on where dive.
Another important point to remember is not to feed the animals you run into on your dives. We tend to think of fish as unintelligent, but they can form habits of expecting food any time they see a diver. Soon they will become aggressive toward all divers. As far as souvenirs from the water, take plenty of pictures. Don't ruin the environment by removing any coral, rocks, or shells.