Great Barrier Reef
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Tue, 10/16/2012 - 07:00
The Great Barrier Reef is the place which will leave you breathless as soon as you see it. This place is the largest collection or coral reefs in the world. There are more than 400 types of coral, 4000 types of mollusk and more than 1500 different fish species. This is one of the rare places in the world where you can see the big green turtle. This Reef occupies more than 350.000 square kilometers of the sea in the northeast coast of Australia. From Papua New Guinea to Lady Elliott Island there is 2300km and any part of this area is just amazing. This is not a single reef but big puzzle of shoals, reefs and islands. This is a popular place for divers from all around the world and tour boats are sailing all the time. You will probably never see such a diversity of sea life anywhere in the world. The sea is unbelievable clear and it makes it so easy to dive anytime. The average depth is about 40 meters but it goes as much as 1800 meters. Researchers have found out that there is coral skeletons older than half a million years.
For centuries this place provided locals with fish, crustaceans and shellfish. They even used shells and corals to build houses. Right now it is a big touristic place but still a piece of paradise on earth. Diving or snorkeling here is a must.
Australia is a place you can visit any time of year. Summers are hot and sunny, winters are mild and temperature never goes under 20 degrees Celsius in the part of country where the Great Barrier Reef is so you can easily enjoy so called winter time too. You just need your bathing suit, sun block, a hat and if you don’t have snorkeling gear you can always rent it. Fun can start now!
Spend your time enjoying the white beaches of hundreds of islands, snorkeling or diving around the coral platforms, swim in the crystal blue Coral Sea or just relax and feel completely free. All of these things and many more awaiting for you in Australia.