Diving the Great Barrier Reef

By Nomadic Matt | Published March 24th, 2010

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best dive sites in the world. Running up and down Queensland’s east coast in Australia, there are tons of fish to see as well as beautiful, vibrant coral dotting. I was excited to use my newly acquired dive skills and dive this reef. You always hear how great it is and I wanted to see it first hand. While diving, I got to see a shark, turtle, a ray, and a large fish take a poop right next to me. It was all an interesting experience:


Tips for Diving the Great Barrier Reef

  • Make sure you go with a company that has many dive permits. That allows them to choose the best dive site based on the same conditions and change reefs if one might be too popular. I went on the Tusa T5 and they have 15 dive spots, which is apparently the most out of any company in Cairns.
  • Though Cairns is the most popular jumping off spot, leaving from Port Douglas, Townsville, or Cape York will get you to much less touristy parts of the reef that are better preserved.
  • Dives cost between $169- 250 AUD.
  • Even if you don’t want to dive, most dive trips will let you join and snorkel the reef.
  • If you don’t have a dive camera, most of the bigger boats have some for rent.

I think the diving on the west coast of Australia is better. The Ningaloo reef has a lot more fish and the reef is more pristine. However, the Great Barrier Reef is like nothing else I’ve ever seen and if you get away from the areas where all the day trips go, you’ll find a very pristine environment.

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Sofia - As We Travel

After two weeks in Vanuatu we had seen enough of corals and fish, so when coming to Australia we skipped it. Now afterwards I kind of wish we wouldn’t have, seems amazing! Ah well, next time, and now we know what company to choose :)

Franny

Nice vid, Matt!

you should do more videos topless matt! heehee ;)

NomadicMatt

Maybe in the future again!

pam

I snorkeled The Reef a few times and I don’t feel like I missed anything by NOT diving. The waters are so clear, the fish so abundant… those pics, so pretty, brought it all back. But what, no giant clam?

NomadicMatt

I saw quite a few. Saw more in the Whitsundays though.

nice review of the reef mate, getting me very excited about going there in 3 weeks! do you think it’s better to go on a larger boat or a smaller boat?

NomadicMatt

I don’t think it would matter either way.

Congrats to all your videos. They are great and give you the real backpacker feeling!

Did you rent an underwater camera to take those then? I can’t wait to check it out for myself.

Amazing video of Scuba diving. I had done diving at Great Barrier Reef. It’s an great experience for me. Great Barrier Reef is one of my favorite place to visit in Australia, it adventures… when you watch Blue sea and reefs then you can not stop yourself to say “WOW”.

sharifa

WOW… World of Wonders indeed. Thanks for sharing this fellow lover of classical music. =)

Reefseeker ~

“Though Cairns is the most popular jumping off spot, leaving from Port Douglas, Townsville, or Cape York will get you to much less touristy parts of the reef that are better preserved.”

Good tip………..thanks for including it.

Liked the slideshow, reef shots were great!

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