One of the most popular activities to do in Cairns is to dive the Great Barrier Reef. Travellers visit Cairns from around the world to go diving because Cairns is blessed with both easy access to the Barrier Reef and Coral Islands (via a 30 minute to 90 minute boat ride within calm tropical waters) and an international airport (See Cairns International Airport)
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest marine national park and features an astoundingly diverse range of coral, fish and other animal species. The great barrier reef is protected and all reef trips and tours operate to high standards of environmental management and protection.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as aWorld Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland. Read more