The great barrier beef is the colourful and the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world, extending over 1430 miles (2300 kilometers) with 2900 reefs and 1050 islands along the Queensland coast in Australia. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.
It has impressive coral gardens and is home of thousands of different species of marine mammals, marine turtles, mollusc, whales, giant clams, rays, tropical fish, sea snakes, sea birds and some rare species like dugong, shark and snubfin dolphins.
The best view of the Great Barrier Reef is through the sky. To experience this beautiful and colourful ecosystem from air you can try Hot air balloon, Scenic flights and Helicopters.
Best thing to do in Great Barrier Reef-
1. Diving and Snorkeling
The temperature is warm enough to enjoy diving. Diving and snorkeling is the best way to get a closer view of the different colorful fishes, corals and marine life. There are also underwater viewing chambers, glass bottom boat to enjoy everything without getting wet.
2. Whitewater Rafting
The crystal clear river and beautiful scenery are perfect for rafting trip with your family or friends. If it’s your first rafting then there are teams which help you to enjoy the feeling of excitement without the feel of danger.
3. Seaplane Flight over the Whitsundays
Whitsundays is located near the central section of Great Barrier Reef and it also includes Heart Reef, Hardy Lagoon and Whitehaven beach. You can appreciate their beauty by flying close to the ocean and view the colorful ocean beneath you.
4. Visit Whitehaven Beach
The sparkling white silica sand with surrounding blue water and tropical rainforests are breath taking beautiful. No tour to Whitsundays is complete without visiting the beach and spending time there with your loved ones. The beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
5. Daintree Rainforest
Daintree rainforest is one of the oldest with incredibly beautiful biodiversity. You can have personal tours or you can go for hiking. You will love the beautiful and colorful butterflies, many animals and birds. You can also spend a night there in between the forest. There are also shallow coconut beaches, you can chill out there or can go for bike ride. You can also do camping there in spring season.
6. Sailing Tour
Sailing in the Catamaran with your loved ones is so romantic. You can enjoy the sun and the beautiful marine life with underwater glass boat. There are many yachts clubs who organize events and head out to watch the sun go down.
If you enjoy and love fishing then there are arrangements for you to arrange your own dinner.
There are many few places which allow you for flyboarding and Cairns is one of it. It’s weather dependent and it’s a wonderful experience for every people. You may feel it is tough but after 10 minutes of practice, you will enjoy it.
There are many more things you can do and enjoy. You can also enjoy picnic with your family. June to October is the best time to visit the reef and the temperature of seawater is also moderate.
Modernization, pollution, tourism, mining has resulted in the decline in quality of water flowing in the reef.