Dive in Great Barrier Reef

Considered as the largest reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is made up of over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands. It is situated in the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia.

Dive Sites In Great Barrier Reef

Anchor Bommies – Lady Elliot Island

Along the deep blue seas of Queensland, you will find one of the most beautiful and wonderful dive sites in Australia. The world’s famous Lady Elliot Island is the home of premium dive sites that are frequently visited by all types of divers.

There are 2 ways to reach the Anchor Bommies. If you want the easier way, you can take a small boat to go there but if you want a more exciting adventure, you can swim through and follow the rope trails to reach the Coral Gardens. This dive site is 15 to 21 meters deep and its top is about 14 to 15 meters.

Anchor Bommies has an abundant marine life. You can see different types of sea creatures swimming around and enjoying the perfect water temperature. Big dvhools of different kinds of fishes can be seen swimming around. If you want a perfect scene to catch on your video camera, stay close and wait for some butterfly cods that may pass by. Aside from these creatures, you can also catch some manta rays, scorpion fish, and shovel nosed rays. To add more colors to your marine life, you will extremely love the lively and colorful corals under the deep blue ocean.

Divers should make sure that they will not miss this amazing diving site. It is indeed one of Australia’s diving prides.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 15m
Maximum Depth: 21m

Arlington Reef

Queensland is the home of some diving spots in Australia that are ought to be famous and discovered for their amazing marine life. Arlington Reef is considered to be one of them. It is a paradise yet to be discovered. Only some people were lucky to visit this amazing dive site and some relevant and basic diving data are not yet known.

The depth is approximately 10 to 35 meters. You can find different types of sea creatures swimming around and enjoying the water. There are also some colorful reefs that give colors to the lonely sea. You can also see some manta rays as if they are guarding the area.

The current can be strong at times and the surface is rough. For safety purposes, only advanced divers should try exploring the beauty of Arlington Reef since the place is yet to be discovered.

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Average Depth: 10m
Maximum Depth: 35m

Around The Bend

When it comes to the diving wonders in Australia, Around the Bend is indeed one of the best. The experience is surely one of a kind and the diving spot will definitely be enjoyed. To go to the island, there are two main options. It’s either you explore the lagoon area, where you will see the beauty of the nature, or explore the life under the sea, where you can adore the great marine life. Either way, you will surely enjoy the experience and the scene that you will have in this island.

The depth of the sea is about 15 meters which is perfect for divers. In some occasions, you might be wiped away by a strong current and land into a beautiful coral garden, you can see different types of corals in all sizes and colors. Aside from that, you can also see huge manta rays roaming around. There are also some large boulder coral that is filled with Christmas Tree worms. Inside, you will be amazed with its different colors of sea creatures. You can find some butterfly fishes in different colors and sizes.

Around the bend is around 5 meters to 39 meters deep. The visible area is within 15 to 30 meters. Though the current may be strong at times, normal current is observed during the best diving peeks. The surface condition can be a bit choppy and the water temperature is still within the normal range with 25 to 30 Celsius. Intermediate to Advanced divers can enjoy the waters of Around the Bend. The best thing about this place is that you can dive anytime you want. But you have to be sure that the weather is favorable before you go diving.

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Maximum Depth: 15m
Average Visiblity: 15-30m

Barracuda Bommie

Situated in Australia, Barracuda Bommie is one of the best diving sites in the country. You can find a deep pinnacle that can be found in the middle of the ocean protected by horizontal reef. Photographers will surely enjoy having great shots of colorful reefs found in Barracuda Bommie. Beginners and Snorkelers will surely enjoy the view of these colorful reefs that they can see even on the shallow part of the area.

Just like any other spots, there are hundreds of different species that can be observed in Barracuda Bommie. Some of them are Christmas tree worms, lobsters, hawk fish, gray reef sharks, dogtooth tunas, starfish, and barracudas, of course.

The maximum depth of Barracuda Bommie is about 22 meters. Advanced divers usually enjoy this depth because they can see more creatures and experience the beauty of life under the sea. The water is about 19° C at its coldest during winter and 25 º C in Summers. Everyone can enjoy the diving experience with their complete wet suits. The visibility underwater is between 10 to 50 meters. Everyone can enjoy the experience anytime of the year.

Maximum Depth: 22m
Average Visiblity: 10-50m

Barracuda Pass

If you want to enjoy the waters of port Douglas, Barracuda Pass is the place to be. It can be considered as one of known areas in Australia. However, it will be better if the whole world can experience the beauty of this diving spot.

Barracuda pass is composed of multiple small bommies that are connected by coral gardens and sandy shores. Therefore, you can expect to see a lot of sea creatures and corals under the water or even enjoy the amazing view on the land.

You can see different small fishes and other sea creatures swimming around and enjoying the water. Aside from these small creatures, Barracuda Pass is also the home of bigger sea animals. Some of them are titan trigger fish, black tip reef sharks, giant clams, and the origin of its name, Barracudas.

The depth of the water is around 10 to 35 meters and the visibility is about 15 to 20 meters. Anyone can surely enjoy the amazing diving experience anytime of the year.

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Average Depth: 10m
Maximum Depth: 35m
Average Visiblity: 15-20m

Castle Rock

Another great diving spot in Victoria Australia is Castle Rock. It can be found in the oceans of Point Lonsdale. The maximum depth is 19 meters which is definitely perfect for immediate and advanced divers. The Average depth on the other hand is 18 meters. Everyone will surely enjoy their diving experience because of the beauty of the place not to mention the amazing creatures and scenes that can be found under the deep blue sea. Its average visibility is about 10 meters. The main way to go there is through small boats from the Portsea or Queenscliff.

Upon reaching the Castle Rock, you can easily notice the square lump of rock in a limestone area and sand bottom. You can see a lot of micro faunas on the spot and yellow zoeanthids hanging on the walls. You can see different creatures like undercuts, eels, different types of fishes, lobsters, and many more. At times, mantas and whales can come passing by. But mostly, the residents of this diving site are small creatures that live inside holes and reefs.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 18m
Maximum Depth: 19m
Average Visiblity: 10m

Cucumber Alley

Cucumber Alley is another Australian diving pride. It is also called the Pellowe Reef at times. It is described to have a small and isolated reef situated on the continental shelf. The maximum depth of the dive site is about 30 meters and provides a perfect swim through and wall dive. You will absolutely love the dive spot though it is not commonly known to public.

You can see different amazing creatures swimming under the sea. You can see large pelagic, sea cucumbers, and nudibranchs. Aside from that, you can also observe shoals of barracudas swimming by. The corals are indeed colorful and fantastic. They serve as perfect home for small fishes and other tiny sea creatures.

The temperature of the water is still on the normal range but is warmer compared to other Australian Dive sites. During summer, the water is 28 Celsius and it drops to 23 Celsius in winter. Dive on your complete wet suit and observe the amazing marine life. The visibility ranges from 10 to 50 meters. Anyone can enjoy this dive site all throughout the year.

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Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visiblity: 10-50m

Evening Reef

Reef diving is one of the most common type of diving in Australia. That is definitely because of the wonderful Diving spots that can be found all over the country. One of the best and the most beautiful dive site is the Evening Reef. This diving site has a maximum depth of 35 meters. Basic information about the evening reef is not yet available for public.

Just like any other diving sites, one of the prides of the Evening reef is its rich marine life. There are different types of sea creatures swimming around and colorful corals. Smaller creatures live on these amazing and beautiful corals. You can see different types of fishes like butterfly fish, angel fish, clown fish, and many more. At times, the site can be visited by sharks and manta rays.

Though data are quite limited about the Evening reef, it’s pictures are enough to speak thousand words on how beautiful and amazing this dive site is.

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Maximum Depth: 35m
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Little Tracy

When you come to experience the amazing diving experience in Australia, you should make sure that you will not forget to put Little Tracy on your list. This rock type diving site may not be that popular but the diving experience can be really intense. Intermediate divers are welcome to dive almost any time of the year.

The maximum depth is about 20 meters and the average visibility is 20 meters as well. The currents are not too strong so you will still enjoy swimming around.
Boat is the main access of people to get into the island. It takes 20 to 25 minutes before you can actually reach the diving area.

Little Tracy has an abundant marine life. Divers will surely enjoy different creatures that can be seen and encountered under the ocean. Schools of fishes are normally swimming by especially at night. Turtles, lobsters, and other creatures can also be found. Damsel fish and Parrot fish are just among the common creatures found under the sea.

The site can be found on the Southern part of Tracy Bommie to which its name comes from. These two sites also share the same bottom topography where you can find beautiful coral gardens and sandy bottom filled with rock formations.

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Maximum Depth: 20m
Average Visiblity: 20m

Martin’s Mecca – Mantis Reef

If you want to go reef diving in Australia, Martin’s Mecca or Mantis Reef is one of the best place to go to. Intermediate divers can definitely enjoy everything their diving experience on this diving site.

Divers can reach its maximum depth of 20 meters and the average visibility is about 18 meters. It is indeed great to swim on the spot because there are no currents.

People who want to visit Martin’s Mecca can go there through boats. You have to wait for about 30 minutes until you reach the spot. Anyone will surely adore the lovely marine life that they will discover.

Expect to find hard and colorful corals. They provide a safe house for smaller sea creatures. You can also see feather stars, moray eels, nudibranchs, butterfly fish, and angel fish. Aside from these colorful sea creatures, you can also observe different types of fishes in all colors and sizes swimming around.

You will surely love the diving experience and you can bring your family with you. The dive site is an open site which is available to anyone anytime.

Access: Boat Entry
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Maximum Depth: 20m
Average Visiblity: 18m

Nursery Bommie

When it comes to dive sites in Australia, Nursery Bommie is one of the best place to be. The dive site is described by having pinnacles of 16 up to 25 meters deep. It is also considered to be one of the most famous dive sites in the Agincourt Reef system. Photographers will surely love the underwater scenes and creatures that can be seen here.

If you want to go photo diving, deep diving, and of course, in identifying sea life, Nursery Bommie should be included on your diving spot list. The maximum depth is about 25 meters and the visibility ranges between 10 to 50 meters. Advanced divers can go diving with their complete wet suit on.

Water temperature is still within the normal range. The coldest temperature of the sea water is 19 Celsius while 25 is the warmest. This is the reason why different sea creatures are living on this dive site. Aside from the barracudas that are common on Australian dive sites, you can also different types and colors of fishes. Lobsters, shrimps, turtles, and other creatures can also be seen swimming around. The best and the highlight of Nursery Bommie is the colorful and hard corals that are found underneath the sea surface.

Whitetip and black tip sharks can also be seen passing by. Photo lovers would definitely love to take pictures with sea creatures like clown fish, surgeon fish, anemones, morays, and different sizes of starfishes.

The best thing about the Australian dive sites is that most of them like Nursery Bommies can be visited anytime.

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Average Depth: 16m
Maximum Depth: 25m
Average Visiblity: 10-50m

Diving in Great Barrier Reef

Considered as the largest reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is made up of over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands. It is situated in the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia. This reef can be seen from the outer space and it houses a rich diversity of marine life and is a World Heritage Site. The reef is the only living thing that is visible outside the Earth and it is larger than the Great Wall of China. It is also considered as among the seven natural wonders of the world. It is also named as a state icon of Queensland by the Queensland National Trust.

Many tourists choose the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as there travel destination. This is very popular especially to the adventurous scuba divers. They are amused with the richness of the Great Barrier Reef in terms of corals. The reef is also the breeding site of humpback whales from the Antarctic and you will find there some of the endangered species like the Green Sea Turtles and the Sea Cow. Its brilliant garden of corals will surely give anyone who visits the place a superb underwater experience.

Its beauty was earlier seen by the Australians that is why it is well-preserved by the Australian government.

Best Diving Season: May to October
Weather: During winter/dry season in May to October, there will always be sunshine. While during the Summer/Wet season which is from November to April, there will be occasional rainfall.
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Marine Animal Highlights: Humpback Whales, Green Sea Turtles, Sea Cow
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Transportation: -You can reach Cairns by plane from Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and Bali. And there are also flights from different cities in Australia.

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