Bucket List Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is not dead! I can’t believe how many times I heard about how the Great Barrier Reef was dying while I was travelling and scuba diving the world. One look at these photos and you’ll see that it is alive and thriving! You’ll be so keen to tick off the bucket list and go diving on the Great Barrier Reef!

The GBR Marine Park and Heritage Area is the worlds biggest reef, approximately the same size as Italy! The reef is home to 1625 types of fish, 133 varieties of shark and rays, and over 600 types of hard and soft coral!

Anemone Fish Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

Learn to Scuba on the Great Barrier Reef

First things first – do you need some training? Because you can do your open water course on the Great Barrier Reef! WHAT?! Talk about a bucket list diving experience.

But of course you don’t NEED to have your scuba license… because you can do an introductory dive instead!

Scuba Diving Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

What will I see on the Great Barrier Reef?

You’ll see the usual suspects…

Turtle Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

And maybe something a little more unusual.

Parrot Fish Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

Maybe you’re more into tiny macro life?

Nudibranch Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

Or perhaps you’re searching for something bigger?

Minke Whale Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

Of course you’ll fine our most famous resident…

Clownfish Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

And perhaps something a little more alien.

Cuttlefish Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll most likely find it on the Great Barrier Reef!

Sting Ray Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

And what about a momento?

Most scuba diving companies have their very own underwater photographer!

So, of course you’ll want proof you found Nemo…

Nemo Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

Or maybe proof that you were actually at the Great Barrier Reef (with the Barrier Reef Nemo!)…

Barrier Reef Fish Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

Or if you’ll really lucky, you’ll meet your new best friend, Wally (a Maori Wrasse).

Wally Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

Either way, you’ll definitely have a fun photo for Instagram, Facebook or your holiday album. I know Matt and I definitely do!

Maori Wrasse Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia

If you’re worried about your impact on the reef as a tourist; don’t be! The impact of tourism on the GBR is quite low. The biggest impacts are global warming and big industry like mining. By visiting the reef you’re supporting research of the marine park, which is evident by the compulsory reef tax.

All these photos were taken while I was working with Divers Den, primarily on Norman and Saxon reefs. Yes – all the ones with me and fish are selfies (selfie queeeeeen). You’ll find some of the best reefs off the coast of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, but make sure you do your research first – not all diving companies are equal. If you’re not into scuba diving, you can also snorkel these amazing reefs as well, and you’ll still get your underwater photo!

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