Why You Need to Visit the Great Barrier Reef Today

The Great Barrier Reef

One of Australia’s iconic natural features, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful and unique places on the planet. If you are in Australia, you have to pay a visit to this area; due to its location, size, and natural beauty, you won’t want to miss out on this experience.

Now there is a lot of talk of Coral bleaching. I have spoken to many people about what this is, how it has happened and will it continue.

I got a lot of different answers. It seemed to me no one really knows what has happened or when it will stop. One thing for sure; it has happened.

That been said, I did go out to the reef about 2 months ago and the part we visited on the reef was magnificent. I saw sharks (only reef ones so don’t worry), turtles and even some nemos. But lets explore why you should check out the reef today.

Location

East CoastLocated off of the coast of Queensland, this reef is found in one of the most beautiful places on Australia. From the coast, you can gaze out over miles and miles of open sea, with a view of the reef itself.

You will be able to take in the beauty of the surrounding islands as well as the reef through the amazing aqua water. While you snorkel or go diving it feels like you are meditating.

Size

The reef, over 2,300km long, is the largest living thing on Earth. It is over 100,000 square miles – so large that it is actually visible from outer space! Even without the natural beauty of the area, the size of this natural area is incredible.

Scientific Interest 

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world for a reason; it is one of the largest ecosystems on the planet, and it consists of thousands of reefs and islands made of hundreds of kinds of coral.

There are thousands of types of fish and other sea life to call this place their home, including turtles, starfish, dolphins, and sharks.

Not to mention, the reef is one of the oldest living things on the planet. Some of the coral actually dates back as much as twenty million years, while the majority of the reef is about 500,000 years old. In addition, the reef can be divided into approximately 30 bioregions consisting of different types of reefs and coral.

Natural Beauty

The colourful, vibrant reef is one of the most stunning natural features of the world. The vivid blue water and bright colours of great-barrier-reefthe coral and fish give divers an amazing view of the reef. Its hundreds of kinds of coral and plant life, in addition to hundreds of species of marine animals, are completely breathtaking. Every time I visit it blows me away.

Activities

For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, check out the available activities at the Great Barrier Reef. You can do much more than just gaze at the reef through the water – you can take snorkelling trips, sailing cruises, and day trips to various spots at the reef which often leave from Cairns.

You go on helicopter or plane flights, or even whitewater rafting or hot air ballooning in the area. No matter what you enjoy, there are plenty of things to do that will guarantee that you have an unforgettable trip.

The crews on every tour make you feel comfortable even if you aren’t comfortable in the water.

Conclusion

Due to these activities and other unique features, the Great Barrier Reef needs to be a part of your trip. This reef is one of the most beautiful and scientifically fascinating places on the planet, and the size alone is incredible.

You need to visit the Great Barrier Reef today due to the beautiful things you will encounter and it is ever changing so don’t miss out on what it is today.

Have I missed something? Or have you been to the reef recently? Let me know in the comments!

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