We’d dare to say that each diver must visit Australia at least once in his life and write in his logbook those three sacred letters: GBR. One should then add that the temperature of the water there was 30 degrees Celsius and was complemented by a diversity of corals, completely unimaginable shapes and colors not found anywhere else in the world. Australia is a whole continent meant for divers and, when we say "continent," we mean a variety of climates and wonderful nature both on land and underwater, along with an absolutely “other-like” people who are happy to show you this unusual world that’s totally dissimilar to any other part of our planet. The quality of diving, services and diving courses in Australia are beyond praise. If you plan a tour in Australia in advance, the budget won’t be as large as if you were to do it spontaneously.

 

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Great Barrier Reef

Let's start with one Australia’s main selling points; the world's largest coral reef (which rings in at a length of two and a half thousand kilometers.) Of course, for any diver, the Great Barrier Reef is Australia's calling card. Even the view of the reef and the mesmerizing waves it attracts never fails to stun onlookers with its beauty. The underwater world of the Coral Sea is unique and diverse. It’s possible to observe incredibly formed corals, turtles and a seemingly endless variety of tropical fish. Here, in one dive, you can see several species of sharks (these waters are home to more than 125 species). During night dives, you don’t even need to get all that far away from the boat. Just hang at five meters directly below the ship, so as not to scare the shark with your air bubbles, and wait for them, snatching their silhouettes in the lantern beam. For lovers of adrenaline, this dive may be the best as it's possible to be in the center of a circular dance of aquatic creatures ☺. Honestly, trying to adequately describe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef’s underwater spectacles seems somehow inappropriate: This is a unique place that can’t fail to make an impression on anyone. We’d therefore like to refrain from telling you what you’ll see underwater and would prefer to limit ourselves to simply telling you how to organize the diving .

The town from where direct journeys to the Great Barrier Reef begin is called Cairns, where there’s an airport which receives both local international flights. Since many of the local dive operators include equipment hire in the tour price, you won’t have to carry your gear. When you take a flight from another Australian city you can even save money because you won’t be charged for baggage, which has a separate fee. Thus when you book diving sure to ask whether equipment is included.

You have three different options:

  1. Daily diving trips from Cairns, via speedboat, to dive sites and returning to spend the night in the city. With this package, you’re invited for two dives a day. Since you choose the number of days for diving, the price will be flexible and depend on how many dives you purchased for your package.
  2. Three or four days liveaboard and then to return to Cairns. In this case, you're sorted for a full, yet short, budget safari. You could expect to carry out around twelve beautiful dives.
  3. Fly on a small plane to remote islands, where liveaboards and dive resorts are based, and from here make trips to unique dive sites. This option ensures absolutely gorgeous diving, and you will make a much greater number of dives, but such service will come with a significantly higher cost

Thus, your experience depends enitrely on your capabilities and priorities. If you are visiting Cairns, diving is not the only thing you can do here. This is a very cozy town with a beautiful esplanade, where large parrots roost in the trees in lieu of pigeons. Here there is a relaxed atmosphere and comfort everywhere, with organized picnic areas and other entertainment situated right on the waterfront. Do you want to ride a sky train over the rainforest, even looking into the forest in the hope of coming face-to- face with a cassoway? Here, actually spotting this gigantic wonder-bird isn’t exactly likely, but crossing over the forest to the village beyond, you might enjoy the petting zoo, containing a menagerie of native animals. Here, you’ll not only see the cassowary, but also feed kangaroos and cuddle a koala (which, by way of its wiry fur, unfortunately proves itself to not be the softest of creatures). You can return to Cairns by railway, on a unique locomotive fixed up in a retro style. The train stops at waterfalls and other sights, where you can take beautiful pictures of local landscapes. Naturally, social networking fans will want to take their selfies here.

Ningaloo Reef

Where else can you dive in Australia? We can’t afford to not mention Ningaloo Reef, which borders the continent in the West. The season for diving here is from March to July and the water temperature is a little cooler, at 27-29 degrees. What you can see? Firstly, in the vicinity of the reef, you can come upon whale sharks and humpback whales are also frequent visitors. The second grand attraction of the reach is the mass dance undertaken by its cod. Of course, there are additionally hundreds of species of coral in unimaginable shapes and colors, thousands of species of tropical fish and a few species of mollusks that make your dive on the reef Ningaloo absolutely exceptional.

Sydney area

If, for some reason, your travel plans don’t include visiting famous Australian reefs, you'll be able to "wet your gills" and see a lot of interesting things in the Sydney area. There are dozens of wrecks in a good condition that sank between second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries that are available for divers. Near Bellamy reef, in just a single dive, five to ten wrecks can be viewed (it all depends on your experience, skills and ability to conserve your oxygen). Shark Cave is located near the site of the "Magic Point" and is interesting because it’s home to a kind of gray nurse sharks. With a bit of luck, in one dive you can see more than a dozen of these creatures here, scurrying inside the cave and popping outside. In addition to the sharks found here, there are large cuttlefish and all the gentlemen's set typical of tropical seas.

Tasman Sea

In the Tasman Sea, tens and hundreds of kilometers from Sydney, there are many interesting dive sites; including vertical walls, caves, coral gardens and a great deal of tropical underwater wildlife. Particularly noteworthy are the dive sites Barrens Hut, located in 450 kilometers north of Sydney. In each of these places, you can easily spend a few days, which is still not enough to dive in all of the interesting places. There is always something to see: Here there are rare species of sharks, such as the Wobbegong and Port Jackson. Giant groupers, tuna swarms, moray unimaginable colors, clams and many tropical fish inhabit these waters.

Conclusion

So, if your travel plans haven’t listed Australia yet, you should make it there as soon as possible. The fantastically beautiful world of this country, both underwater and on land won’t leave any diver feeling indifferent or dissatisfied. Divedisplay necessarily provides an opportunity for choice and will help you to find a suitable local dive center or liveaboard to organize of your dive trip as convenient for you as possible.