Fantastic Diving Spots Down Under

 By: Kristina Jeffreys
Whether you're an amateur diver, or an experienced one looking for a new challenge, you'll want to visit Australia so that you can dive along the Great Barrier Reef. The Barrier Reef is 1,250 miles long and stretches from New Guinea to Queensland. Diving in this area of the world is an experience that you won't forget since it's filled with the wonder of natural elements combined with some of the most amazing sea creatures of the world.

The Great Barrier Reef is made up of over 2,000 individual smaller reefs. Islands made of coral are dotted throughout the reef, creating a wonderful spectacle of color and light throughout the ocean.

There are many sea animals that make their home on the Great Barrier Reef. Diving in these warm waters will give you a front seat to watch fish swim among the coral. You'll want to make sure that you take along an under water camera so that you don't miss this amazing opportunity.

When you arrive in Australia for a dive holiday you'll want to know where to go to get the diving experience that you want. There are many good dive areas that you may want to consider for your vacation.

One of the most popular diving places in Australia is Pixie Pinnacle, which can be found near Lizard Island. Pixie Pinnacle is comprised of a large coral, over ninety feet in height. The types of sea creatures that you'll see on this dive include clownfish, rabbitfish, lionfish, nudibranches, and honfish. If you look out past the Great Barrier Reef you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Coral Sea.

Another well known diving spot in Australia is Cod Hole, which can also be found near Lizard Island. Sea animals common to this area are the moray eel, the Napoleon wrasse, and large groups of cod.

Yongala Wreck is another very popular diving site. This site boasts of livelier sea creatures and is located south from Cod Hole by 200 miles. In this area of The Great Barrier Reef, the coral is thick and this makes it a great hiding place for eagle rays, jacks, flowery cod, and the barramundi cod. For those who are riding on good luck - you may feast your eyes on turtles in this area.

Irrespective of your diving spot, it is imperative that you follow all marine rules and dive safely. An important fact to remember is that coral is a living animal and therefore needs to be treated with respect. Additionally, the sand that is displaced from your fin wash can harm both coral and sea animals. Therefore, as a good diving practice, you must always keep an eye on where dive.

As a must not do, do not ever feed any of the sea animals that you encounter during your dives. Fish are known to become repeat pests when you feed them and can therefore, make them react aggressively to all divers. Dive to savor these wonders with your eyes and make sure you do not seek souvenirs. The beautiful coral, shells, and rocks that you see maintain the environmental balance for the animals that live in that area. Just give yourself the luxury of trapping all these wonders in an under water camera.
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