If in an instant, a certified diver wins a free travel prize to explore the world, chances are that he would choose the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is not just a home to some of the world’s best ocean life but a perfect place to explore with the family who is just about to learn scuba diving or snorkeling.
Why is it called The Great Barrier Reef?
It is one of the natural wonders of the world and one of the best diving destinations to explore. Its 2,300 kilometers stretch of reef is very rich and diverse in corals and marine life. Exploring this reef is like having a walk in spring where the corals seem to be like different kind of flowers which blooms like there is no tomorrow. And marine life is like the birds and butterflies that are tamed to travel around with you.
The entire stretch is also composed of calm and shallow protected areas that surround the islands. This is where first-timers can confidently snorkel and enjoy the amazing sight. Certified divers can choose the deepest outer part of the reef to discover more of what it holds. A blast of experience you surely want to have and enjoy with your loved ones.
The Great Barrier Reef also caters the best island resorts for its visitors. Wherever part of the reef islands you will stay, there will be no more than 20 minutes boat ride to get to the outstanding diving spots.
Are there sharks in The Great Barrier Reef?
Especially for the first-timers, the number one question that may have been hovering over their minds would just that. And the answer to that question is a big YES. Sharks are biomarkers evident in a reef to consider the latter healthy and diverse. However, are sharks aggressive and voracious like those shown in the movies? NO.
Sharks are actually graceful creatures with badly damaged reputation due to Hollywood. The reef sharks, which are the most common sharks are usually harmless, relatively shy and pose no threat to its spectators. However, feeding the wildlife is highly discouraged as this causes the sharks to get provoked and thereby, becoming serious threats to the divers.
There are more wonders to explore in the great deep and until one is able to break their fear in sharks, of the unknown or whatsoever, they will not find the place as awesome and meaningful as it was made to be.