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A Look at Liveaboard Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Diving in the Australian Great Barrier Reef is all about the superlatives. There are more than 1500 species of fish that are found here ranging from the sharks to the dwarf minke whales.  The Australian Great Barrier Reef is generally regarded as the largest living organism on earth and if you are planning some Great Barrier Reef liveaboard diving expeditions, there is a bucket list of items to be explored here. It is an experience that is generally sampled by millions of divers every year who come here to indulge in the adventure and the explorations.

One of the most attractive creatures that you can see here is the dwarf minke whale. It is a sleek and elegant creature that has grey, white and black flanks which are beautifully patterned and has a length of about 20feet. While that is really huge, it isn’t that long by whale standards but it is a gentle giant that many come here to experience every year along with many other biodiversity to be found in the reef.

Apart from the much beloved minke whales, there are more than 400 coral species as well as 6 turtle species. You will be able to also see multiple species of sharks, whales, dolphins, saltwater crocodiles and sea snakes. You can see all but depending on the timing as well as the vessel, you can catch a good glimpse of a good number of the marine life here. There is so much marine life here that it would probably take you a lifetime to explore all of them.

There is also the town of Cairns which is quite colorful and fun. Here, you can have a base camp from where you can tour the Great Barrier Reef before you head back to your hotels. Cairns is  a modern town that has all great amenities that you would find in big cities such as Sydney or Melbourne so you do not have to worry about any little inconveniences when you are going for the Great Barrier Reef liveaboards.

The Great Barrier Reef can be explored throughout the year although if you want to see some of the seasonal creatures such as the minke whales, you need to go when there are peak sightings such as in June and July. Wintertime temperatures can be quite low if you are going for the Great Barrier Reef liveaboards generally going as low as 75 to 77 degrees F. During these times, the visibility range may also be slightly reduced. Currents can be strong or gentle depending on the location where you are going for the liveaboards as well as the phase of the moon.

There are several good reasons on why you should go on the Great Barrier Reef liveaboards. These include the following –

Watch the whales: Love watching these majestic sea mammals and even whispering to them? The Great Barrier Reef liveaboards gives you the best opportunity to watch them really close, particularly the dwarf minke whales.

The Reef Critters: This offers a perfect blend for any diver out there. It offers both small and large creatures. You can watch both the whale expeditions as well as the colourful and beautiful reef life.

Citizen Science: Any opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef and capture all the images that you can find there contributes towards our knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef. You might be having lots of fun while unwittingly educating the rest of us about life in the Great Barrier Reef through your photographs and videos.

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