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Scuba Diving at Beqa Lagoon in Fiji

Scuba Diving at Beqa Lagoon in Fiji

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Scuba Diving at the Beqa Lagoon in Fiji is paradise itself. The heart of the unspoiled South Pacific is about as far removed from the hustle and bustle of American or European toil as you could imagi... Read more

Important Steps to Avoid Decompression Sickness...or The Bends.

Important Steps to Avoid Decompression Sickness...or The Bends.

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Decompression illness is one of the leading concerns if you’re a diver, with the sickness a major risk for scuba divers. The severity of decompression sickness can range from light headedness a... Read more

Scuba Diving Accidents – Common Injuries to Avoid

Scuba Diving Accidents – Common Injuries to Avoid

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As with all exciting and exhilarating sports, there are a few accidents that can occur in scuba diving. The marine world is not a natural place for human beings to be, and as such divers have to use ... Read more

Unigue Dive Sites on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii

Unigue Dive Sites on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii

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Few people can disagree that Hawaii boasts one of the top diving destinations in the world. It's amazingly diverse ecosystems contain much marine life that can be found nowhere else in the world. Add... Read more

Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

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Diving in the North Queensland area of the Great Barrier Reef is an experience that will allow you to boast that you have dived the world's largest reef system. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is... Read more

Our divers told us what was important to them when searching online for a dive center or resort.

Our divers told us what was important to them when searching online for a dive center or resort.

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A few weeks ago, we asked our 13,000 Facebook and Twitter divers, followers and members    " What is most important to you when searching online for a dive center, resort or liveaboard... Read more

Red Sea Marine Life, Healthy & amazing!!

Red Sea Marine Life, Healthy & amazing!!

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Any attempt to describe the marine life of the Red Sea risks drowning in superlatives--it is extraordinary, unparalleled, marvellous, incredible, and truly wondrous. It was not by chance that Jacques... Read more

TheScubaDivingDirectory.com is heading to Utila!!

TheScubaDivingDirectory.com is heading to Utila!!

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Michael here at TheScubaDivingDirectory.com is heading, from Roatan, over to Utila next week for some diving. Michaels heading there to check out the diving and to meet our 3 newest Dive Centers and r... Read more

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

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The Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located off Saint John, Virgin Islands. The clear waters surrounding Saint John support a diverse and complex system of cor... Read more

Scuba Diving Hurghada on the Red Sea

Scuba Diving Hurghada on the Red Sea

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The best time to come out to the Red Sea area of Hurghada is during the months from March to September. Diving conditions are perfect here during this period, although July and August can get oppress... Read more

Coral Reefs Video....

Coral Reefs Video...."Take Care of them"

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    Biological oceanographer Dr. Chris Langdon (University of Miami) tells us that about 25% of all fish life in the ocean spends some part of its life cycle in a coral reef. He belie... Read more

Divers blow amazing rings of air in spectacular underwater competition

Divers blow amazing rings of air in spectacular underwater competition

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These breathtaking pictures capture divers blowing beautiful bubbles - at a bizarre underwater competition. They were taken at the first ever King Of The Bubble contest, which requires contestants to... Read more

Roatan Island Marine Park and Conservation

Roatan Island Marine Park and Conservation

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The Roatan Marine Park (RMP) is a grass roots, community-based, non-profit organization located on the island of Roatan, 50 kilometers off the mainland coast of Honduras. Our organization was formed... Read more

The Perfect Scuba Diving Adventure in Key West, Florida!

The Perfect Scuba Diving Adventure in Key West, Florida!

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It’s not surprising that divers across the world hail Key West, Florida as one of the best locations for scuba diving. Apart from the scenic landscape that’s distinctive of the Florida ... Read more

Shopping and choosing a Dive Computer

Shopping and choosing a Dive Computer

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Since the early 1970s divers have seen their pastime and favorite hobby revolutionized by a series of technological advances. As computers become part of our daily lives, divers have also taken a... Read more

Top 5 Hurghada Scuba Diving Sites in the Red Sea

Top 5 Hurghada Scuba Diving Sites in the Red Sea

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Egypt remains one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving in the world. With the Red Sea holding a diverse variety of marine life, and water temperatures ranging between 20°C and 27°... Read more

Galapagos map and facts -

Galapagos map and facts -

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Galapagos Facts: -Abundant fearless wildlife, visitors can get up close and personal to some of the world's rarest animals. -Galapagos is home to the only surviving giant Pinta tortoise, 'Lonesome Ge... Read more

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

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Greece, and certainly Crete, is surrounded with an air of ancient mystery and classic history. The birthplace of Zeus, and said to be Goddess Kalypso’s Lost Kingdom, the island is a huge attrac... Read more

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

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If you’re thinking of heading out to Australia for some of the best scuba diving in the world then you’re probably already thinking of the Great Barrier Reef. However, Western Australia h... Read more

Red Sea Scuba Diving Destination El Gouna - Scuba Diving In El Gouna

Red Sea Scuba Diving Destination El Gouna - Scuba Diving In El Gouna

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El Gouna is a great divers' destination in the Red Sea Riviera. For new divers, heated pools and calm local reefs provide an excellent start to your diving experience. For more experienced divers, El... Read more

Moorea - Tahiti Dive Sites

Moorea - Tahiti Dive Sites

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PAPETOAI POINTThe best spot for beginners and lessons in the lagoon. On a white sand valley, coral patches with a lot of small coloured fish are waiting for you. A little bit deeper, you will encount... Read more

Whale sharks off Utila island in Central America.

Whale sharks off Utila island in Central America.

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For many years the local fishermen of Utila knew about a huge fish that swam around the shores of Utila- it was called “Old Tom”, the largest of fish, today we know it as the Whale Shark.... Read more

Why Scuba Diving in the Turks and Caicos?

Why Scuba Diving in the Turks and Caicos?

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If you are a scuba diver, there is a chance that you’ve heard of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is a popular scuba diving location about 60 minutes away from Miami. In the next few lines, y... Read more

Protecting Palau's Marine Ecosystems

Protecting Palau's Marine Ecosystems

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The life-sustaining natural systems in the region of Palau have reached a critical tipping point that calls for immediate action and long-term support. If this call goes unheard, Micronesian island p... Read more

Our visit to Utopia Dive Village Resort on Utila Island in Honduras

Our visit to Utopia Dive Village Resort on Utila Island in Honduras

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Since becoming on of our Dive Resort advertisers last year, Utopia Dive village Resort has been on our list of places to visit. If you like remote, quiet and relaxing places to visit and dive, you mu... Read more

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

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Hurghada, along with Sharm el Sheikh, is where it all started. These where the first two destinations of the nearly 20-years old diving history of the Red Sea. Diving in Hurghada needs no introductio... Read more

Top 5 Dive Sites in Dahab, Sinai Desert, the Red Sea

Top 5 Dive Sites in Dahab, Sinai Desert, the Red Sea

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Located in Egypt’s Sinai region, Dahab has become a huge attraction for divers. North of Sharm el Sheikh’s popular holiday and dive resorts, the little town of Dahab has everything an und... Read more

Lincoln-Way Central Environmental Action Club to host famous filmmaker scuba diver

Lincoln-Way Central Environmental Action Club to host famous filmmaker scuba diver

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The Lincoln-Way Central Environmental Action Club is hosting a special event featuring Annie Crawley, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 to focus attention on the issue of ocean pollution. The event wil... Read more

New Cold Water coral habitat Found!!!

New Cold Water coral habitat Found!!!

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Researchers on Australia’s RV Southern Surveyor were surveying the Coral Sea as part of a marine science expedition, when they discovered a new coldwater coral habitat called the Gloria Knolls.... Read more

Scuba Diving and enjoying Boracay Island in the Philippines

Scuba Diving and enjoying Boracay Island in the Philippines

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Boracay island is a world-class tourist and scuba diving destination in the southern Philippines. It is one of the most popular getaways in the Philippines, attracting close to one million local and ... Read more

Dahab on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving Destination

Dahab on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving Destination

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Dahab, the famous town of the Red Sea Riviera, is a great diving holiday destination for the experienced diver and for someone wanting to obtain their scuba diving certification. World-famous dive si... Read more

Benefits of Scuba Diving with Nitrox

Benefits of Scuba Diving with Nitrox

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Over the past 20 years there have been many advances in the scuba diving world because of the availability of diving with enriched nitrox air. Put into simple terms, nitrox is air with more oxygen in... Read more

Scuba Diving beautiful Koh Samui island in Thailand

Scuba Diving beautiful Koh Samui island in Thailand

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Koh Samui is a beautiful island in the Surat Thani region of Thailand. The majority of the professional scuba diving schools and dive shops in this area are affiliated with the SSS network. On Koh Sa... Read more

Paddleboarding and Scuba Diving the Caribbean in Roatan And Utila Honduras

Paddleboarding and Scuba Diving the Caribbean in Roatan And Utila Honduras

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  I recently had the opportunity of paddleboarding the beautiful waters of Honduras. While residing on the islands of Roatan and Utila for six months, I ate, drank and slept scuba diving. And wh... Read more

Scuba Diving the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef in the Red Sea

Scuba Diving the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef in the Red Sea

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Sha’ab Abu Nuhas is a coral reef northwest of Shadwan Island in the northern Red Sea. It is a navigation hazard because it projects into the shipping channel, as evidenced by the (at least) 7 s... Read more

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Jan 02
2013

Scuba Diving the Breat Barrier Reef off Port Douglas, Australia

Posted by: sddiver96

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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.

 

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