Diving The Great Barrier Reef and Beyond

Sylvia Earle said 'Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home'. For those of us who love diving, this quote couldn’t be more true and it’s a strange feeling. You’re on the other side of the world, on the land you are trying to wrap your head around a different currency, maybe a different language, your exploring new foods and new sites but the second your dive goggles slip below the surface you are right back home again.

Australia is home to some world-class dive sites, just waiting to be explored. No matter your experience level or desire for adventure, there is a site to suit you and in this blog we take a look at some of our favourites.

The Yongala Shipwreck

Located 90km southeast of Townsville The Yongala is a shipwreck site on the Great Barrier Reef. Regularly listed as one of the best dive sites in the world, The Yongala is perfect for certified divers looking for an incredible uncrowded dive experience.

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The site is home to turtles, sharks, rays, many species of fish and even sea snakes. This is definitely one to tick off the bucket list on your next visit to Queensland’s tropical coast.

Ningaloo Reef

The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park is located off the Western Australian coast and boasts 260 kilometres of pristine coral reef. Famous for it’s ‘larger’ inhabitants, Ningaloo is home to whale sharks. Anyone who has swum with whale sharks before knows what a privilege it is to glide quietly along with these harmless giants of the sea in absolute awe at their size and beauty.

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On top of whale sharks, Ningaloo Reef is also part of the Humpback whale migration, home to turtles hundreds of species of fish and coral and rays.

Port Douglas

Imagine Port Douglas like a buffet at a popular restaurant. It’s packed full of the good stuff! The region is home to more than 40 dive sites that range from experienced divers only right through to shallow reef systems perfect for newcomers to diving or snorkelers. The warm water of the region also make the diving incredibly comfortable and enjoyable for your entire travelling crew.

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Depending where you choose to explore around Port Douglas will determine what locals you can expect to run into but overall you can expect to see a range of reef shark species, rays, colourful coral species and countless species of fish.

Kangaroo Island

Home to one of the ocean’s most unassuming creations, the leafy sea dragon, Kangaroo Island is a unique dive location especially when compared to popular sites like the Great Barrier Reef thanks to the colder water temperatures. There are heaps of dive sites to choose from on Kangaroo Island from reef systems to coves and jetty dives.

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The chance of catching a glimpse of a leafy sea dragon draws in the biggest crowds but Kangaroo Island is also home to huge fur seal colonies and hundreds of species of fish.

Byron Bay

If you can tear yourself away from the beach towel or any one of Byron’s popular bars, there is an array of diving on offer from beginner-level sites to expert. Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is home to a huge number of sites each offering something different: From The Nursery, which is a great beginner divers to enjoy the shallow water, right through to sites like The Needles and Hugo’s Trench.

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Depending on the site and the time of year, diving in Byron Bay lets you get up close and personal with a range of shark species, huge rays, large and juvenile fish, eels and heaps more.

So whether you are new to the diving world or have years of experience exploring underwater worlds, what are you waiting for? Your next great diving adventure is just a few clicks away when you book your travel with Oz Experience.

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