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Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef


Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations. A relaxing and comfortable option for cruising the Reef is a “live-aboard”  experience on specially-designated cruise ships such as the Spirit of Freedom.


Red Lion Fish on Great Barrier Reef

Red Lionfish and Walter Schaerer SCUBA diving on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The photo above  is courtesy of Joel Simon, president of Sea for Yourself, a snorkeling tour operator focusing on educational snorkeling programs around the globe.

The aforementioned Spirit of Freedom cruise offers (among many other iconic diving sites) a three-day cruise from Cairns, Queensland, to Lizard Island. Throughout the trip, guests will enjoy a wonderfully unique bio-diversity display including dramatic  soft corals , exotic aquatic life as well as whales and majestic manta rays.

Monitor Lizard on Lizard Island

On the  first day of the trip, divers participate in an introductory check dive at Turtle Bommie followed by a second dive at Twin Peaks.

The second day is action packed with 5 dives in total. The first dive of the day takes place in the early morning at Cod Hole — which features a healthy cod fish population. The second dive is also at this same location, difference being that this time guests are provided with some food for the “gentle giants”.

The third dive of the day featured a new dive site called Scorpio Rising. In the afternoon, divers explore the corridors at Challenger Bay before ending the day with an evening dive there as well.

On the third and final day, the dive site at Pixie Pinnacle (also perfect for snorkeling) offers spectacular pinnacles and the picture-perfect Light House Bommie. The trip rounds off with two final dives at the diving site known as Snake Pit .


Cod Feeding in Cod Hole

More photos of this fantastic trip…

Nurse shark off of Lizard Island during a night dive

About Author

Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.

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