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Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

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Outdoors, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling
Ranked #1 in Cairns things to do
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Diving into the world's largest coral reef is like entering another planet where marine life rules. Made up of more than 2,800 coral reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is home to some thirty species of ... Read more
whales, dolphins and porpoises and countless fish. Saltwater crocodiles, seahorses, sharks and stingrays are also regulars here. Whether you swim, snorkel or scuba -- the beauty of this natural wonder may just blow your fins off.

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Foster City

Snorkeling day trip to GBR (Great Barrier Reef) from Cairns was one of the fun events to do. I booked a cheap slow boat, took about 2.5-3 hrs to get to where they were designated and stopped for about 1.5 hrs each spot with 1 hr lunch in between. Sad to see a lot of the Reef was slowly dying and was suggested to to the outer reefs for best spots of coral, but that would take a fast boat and almost twice as expensive.

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Los Angeles

An Australian icon. I saw the Great Barrier Reef at several different locations across the coast and Cairns definitely had the best to offer in terms of tours and the beauty of the reef.

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Pharr

We dived with TUSA dive and had an incredible experience. Their dive instructors are well prepared.

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Los Angeles

Amazing! The weather was perfect, and the water so clear. So much diversity. A must do.

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Novi Sad

A pricey, yet exciting adventure, and a must for scuba divers. If you can, go as far as Lizard Island - the Outer Reef is a tad more intact, and less touristy. Get the best value out of your trip by chartering a boat, or striking a good deal with a liveaboard.

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New Delhi

come here before most of the coral has died. it's truly a wonder to behold. snorkelers and divers both will have a spectacular experience. if you're a diver and your nitrox certified, you'll probably get the most of this experience.

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Anchorage

I don't think I can ever go back to seeing underwater that not Great Barrier Reef. It was just stunning. During just a short snorkeling trip, we saw turtles, shark, countless fish, and amazing corals. It is a great place to develop respect for the mother earth and nature, as well as seeing some amazing marine life.

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Menlo Park

Ocean acidification and rising temperatures are putting this incredible dive site and wonder of the natural world at risk. Coral is especially vulnerable to bleaching, caused by high ocean temperatures – and when the coral dies, so do the creatures that depend upon it. This is the ONLY living thing on earth that you can see from space…so it may be a good time to save up for a Virgin Galactic ticket…

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New York City

I'm spoiled for life. My first scuba diving experience was at the largest reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is full of coral, sponges, sea turtles, schools of fish, big groupers, and sharks. It's awe-inspiring and beautiful. A trip of a lifetime.

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San Diego

It was a whole new world: blues and pinks and purples and yellows spread out in every direction, lying just feet below me. Bright blue and red fish darted in and out of the coral’s fingers, while anemones waved in the current. Here and there, a clam opened its mouth, releasing a bubble. It was silent beneath the water’s surface, but a whole coral city of life bustled.

I was enthralled and in speechless awe of this great king of nature, and it still remains as the most memorable highlight of my six weeks in Australia and New Zealand. There are a myriad of ways to see the reef, but I recommend pairing it with a cruise along the Whitsunday Islands to best soak up the entire experience. And go with a smaller company like Ocean Rafting -- large catamarans are impersonal and commercial; you want an intimate experience when on the reef.

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One of the best experiences of my life was having the opportunity to dive in the Great Barrier Reef. I'll never forget it. It's a shame that the reef is dying due to pollution caused by humans. Save the reef!

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Probably the one item on everyone's travel list. This is an absolute must if you are anywhere near Australia. You can dive it with day-tour operators, live aboard cruises, and even seaplane scenic tours.

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Basingstoke

Lovely dive near to Green Island. Lots of bleaching of the coral but still very interesting sea life there.

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Alameda

We went on a choppy day, so visibility wasn't that good. Much better at Green Island

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New York City
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The Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible by an hour ride from the Port Douglas Marina.

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Best place in the world! The reef has to be seen and you MUST get in the water even if it's just snorkeling rather than diving......It's spectacular!

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Moss Beach

There's nothing I love more in the world than snorkeling. I was lucky enough to do that twice in the waters of the GBR. But just didn't seem to be enough. I want to go back and spend a week. If you're planning a snorkel or dive trip find the sort of trip that suits your interest. Some are brief. Some last for days. I'll opt for the latter. Note: clearer waters are to the north.

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Chicago

Beautiful, but so damaged by tourism. So very sad. See it while you still can.

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Washington, D.C.

You have to visit them if you get the chance. While the coral isn't as vibrant as it looks in pictures, th experience is a can't miss. I went scuba diving and was terrified the entire time even while holding onto my dive master, but I am so glad I did it. We took a cruise out and then stayed on a facility they have floating out there for the day. Don't think twice, just go!

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Adelaide

Simply amazing. Try and go out to the outer reef if you can, much better and bigger than anything close to the shore.

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