Australia attracts divers from all over the world with Great Barrier Reef – the largest coral ecosystem on the planet that is available only during safari diving. Besides diving, the recreation can be varied with a large amount of surface programs that offer observation of the unique flora and fauna of Australia, unforgettable landscapes and modern Australian cities.

Western coast of Australia is rather rocky that caused lots of shipwrecks in 17-20 centuries and now divers have an opportunity to dive among these ship wreckages. The Great Barrier Reef is located at the eastern part of the country in the waters of the Coral Sea. 215 bird species, 30 whale species, 125 shark and ray species, 6 marine turtle species, 17 sea snakes species, 49 species of marine needles and 1.5 thousands species of tropical fish inhabit the area near the reef. The dive sites of the Great Barrier Reef are varied. Most of the dives are performed near coral reefs at 30m/99ft depth, near vertical walls that run down to hundreds of meters. Diving in Australia is many-sided and it will bring plenty of impressions to both beginner and experienced divers. See all Australia Liveaboards.

Location: The country occupying Australian continent. The territory of the country is washed by the Pacific Ocean at the east, Indian ocean at the west and also by four seas: Tasmanian, Coral, Arafura and Timor.

What to see: The underwater world of Great Barrier Reef is rich in coral gardens, lots of parrotfish, butterflyfish, morays and cowfish. There are also plenty of medusas, which bites are rather painful and in rare cases lethal. The most dangerous medusas are chironex fleckeri and Irukandji jellyfish. Also divers can find several whale species such as humpback and minke whales.

Depth: 5-40m/16-131ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: 25-40m/82-131ft

Season for diving: All year round. However, the best season is from May to September, when average air temperature is 27C/80F and there are no jellyfish. The temperature of water near the reef is 22C/71F in winter and 29C/84F in summer.

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