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The Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia is easily one of the most fascinating sites seen anywhere on the globe. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest reef in the world and has some 3,000 reefs dotted for over 1,650 miles and forming some 900 tiny islands. It is so large that it can be seen from outer space and it is small wonder that scuba divers from all over the world want to bag this dive and describe as the ultimate dive of all.
There are a number of dive centers based in Port Douglas in Queensland who will also take scuba divers out to the reefs where the first stop is a small group of islands known as the Low Islets. Next the boat will stop off at the largest reef in the area called Batt Reef and then on to Tongue Reef, St. Crispin Reef and Agincourt Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef has been made up of literally billions of tiny microorganisms or coral polyps. The sea temperature around the reefs is simply like bath tepid warmth. In January (the summer months) the coastal waters around the reef can get up to around 29C (84F) and even in the cooler season around July and August the seas are still averaging around 24C (75F).
Cairns is a great city to base yourself if you want to go on a scuba diving adventure in the Great Barrier Reef. There are some top diving centres here that will provide transport, equipment and accommodation for the adventurous diving fraternity. There are many diving centers in Cooktown, another great area for seeing the reefs.
There is simply too much to see when you dive around the Great Barrier Reef. There are as many as 400 different corals, 4,500 different species of mollusks and some 1,800 different species of fish. Scuba divers will witness star fishes, sea serpents, turtles and other marine mammals all living on a reef that is a shallow as just a few inches in many places despite being several miles off the Queensland coast.
Scuba divers are finding new species of crustaceans, tunicates, fish and crabs almost on a weekly basis. Every day on the reef is different as the coral reef is changing all the time. Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef is truly the ultimate diving experience.