The Great Barrier Reef
Australia is famous for its Great Barrier Reef. It’s the biggest reef in the world and stretches over 2000km. It is home to a whole array of amazing biodiversity and here you can spot various species of sharks, sea turtles, giant groupers, whales and dolphins amongst other species. Words cannot describe the coral reefs packed with colored sea life, the diverse underwater environments, the shipwrecks and caves. But what are its top dive sites? Having had the opportunity to dive in some Australian sites, here are my top 7 dive sites.
7 Best Dive Sites in Australia:
- Osprey Reef: Famous for it's 40m+ visibility, the reef features many small caverns and swim through, and almost guaranteed siting’s of several shark species at North Horn.
- SS Yongala Wreck: The sea floor surrounding the wreck is open and sandy, so the wreck has become an established artificial reef, providing a structurally complex habitat for a diverse range of marine life. It is a popular dive spot with an extensive array of marine life. It is 110 metres (361 ft) long, one of the largest, most intact historic shipwrecks.
- Rowley Shoals: are a series of 3 coral shelf atolls 250km west of Broome. It attracts divers from all over due to their uniqueness. Along with their stunning coral gardens, there are over 650 species of fish, many of which are not found near the shore.
- Ribbon Reef: is actually a 175km line of 10 individual reefs lying to the north of Cairns, which are quite isolated. These reefs offer sheltered warm waters, and due to their remoteness are in pristine condition.
- Flynn Reef: offers diving for all levels, and is best known for it's coral garden, featuring stunning a display of hard and soft coral.
- Milln Reef: is located around 60km offshore from Cairns, and includes 3 large coral pillars known as the three sisters. The area is great for both snorkeling and diving.
- Cod Hole: allows you to get close to the huge but friendly and docile Potato Cod which have a habit of posing for the camera! It was an amazing experience. Other attractions here include Maori Wrasse and Moray Eels. This dive site is located at the very north of the Ribbon Reefs.
Tips for frequent travelers
- Australia requires most international visitors have a passport with 6 months validity, and also a valid visa. The Australian government offers the possibility of obtaining an online visa instead of having to go to the embassy. We recommend you apply for your electronic visa with iVisa since the process is simple and fast. The visa can be ready in less than 15 minutes! iVisa Australia visa
You can also obtain your visa at the government website https://www.border.gov.au
- Currency: Local currency is the Australian Dollar. Most major international credit cards are widely accepted, and ATMs are found easily.
- Electricity: is supplied via 3-pronged sockets, of 230 volts (50Hz). Make sure you acquire the correct adaptor!
- Costs: Australian diving is for all types of traveller, from the budget conscious through to the luxurious, with prices ranging from around US$150-300 per person, per day/night. Don’t forget to check with your chosen operator for any extra charges, as some areas of Australia require marine park fees, reef taxes, port fees, a fuel levy, and an environmental management charge.