Always wanted to go snorkeling but never knew where to go? It can be hard to choose. The world is filled with so many beautiful locations to go snorkeling in. However, one location that will pop up in just about every conversation you ever have about snorkeling is the GBR. This is for good reasons and is worth your consideration.
Why the GBR?
The GBR is the biggest coral reef system on earth. It is made up of close to 3,000 individual systems. Near the top of Australia, this natural wonder, which is visible from space, is not only the biggest coral reef system but may be the leader in beauty.
In terms of sight-seeing, the GBR is, or at least was in the past, an incredible sight to witness while snorkeling. Over twenty kinds of whales, dolphins, and turtles have been seen in the GBR, as well as a large number of dugongs and over one thousand species of fish.
Furthermore, up to four hundred coral species inhabit the GBR, as well as hundreds of ascidians and bryozoans, small moss animals. These beautiful, natural features are why the GBR is a popular scuba diving destination frequented by both advanced and beginning snorkelers. Have a look at what you can see.
How to Do it
The Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible from parts of Cairns and Queensland. The marine tourism industry organizes many day trips out to the area. Any city along the fringes of the top of Australia should have some sort of daily boat trip to get you out there and under the water safely.
Depending on which company you sign up with, you may be taken on guided tours or given snorkeling instruction. Most of the time, all you need is the ability to swim and decent physical health.
Some companies also offer to take you to islands where you may walk into the water rather than jump from a boat. This, along with strategically placed buoys, gives you the options of turning back if you feel it necessary.
Given the natural beauty found even in the shallowest of places, it is easy to snorkel the GBR no matter if you are a beginner or a more advanced diver.
The GBR is, sadly, dying. Many species are becoming endangered, and the coral system is withering due to overfishing and climate change. Choosing to go snorkeling with a company registered and trusted by the marine tourism industry will actually put money towards saving the reef. By planning an adventure vacation in the GBR you will not only be seeing beauty, but you will be helping to save it.