Go to the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation!
The Great Barrier Reef
Scuba diving and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia topped the list when early 2004 a survey was held in the U.K. asking people about the 50 things to do before you die.
The Great Barrier Reefis the largest living coral system in the world, stretching 2300km along Queensland's coast from Bundaberg through Cairns to the top of Cape York, it contains 1600 reefs and a 1000 islands and is the site of the biggest orgasm in the universe. This is one of the terms the North Queensland scuba dive industry uses to describe the annual coral spawning where three to five nights after the full moon in November or December when the water temperature hits 28 degrees, the entire 2300 kms of Great Barrier Reef lets go of zillions and zillions of brightly colored sperm and eggs that float around for several days and fertilize eachother. Fish go into a feeding frenzy and the ocean sometimes resembles an oiltanker disaster site but all this is done to propagate new corals to ensure the survival of the Great Barrier Reef. If you find yourself in North Queensland around this time you can witness this spectacular event as many of the reef tour operators run extra night trips.
The Great Barrier Reef was the first Australian site to be placed on UNESCO's World Heritage list, now there are 15 Australian sites.
Rum Runner, a comfortable sailing catamaran that carries only 44 passengers and can take you from Cape Tribulation to the Great Barrier Reef in less than an hour for a magic day of snorkeling and/or scubadiving.
A visit to Cape Tribulation would just simply not be complete without a trip to this amazing eco system. While many (often pretty large) boats run out of Cairns and Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation has only two small operators, ensuring a great day and pristine coral.
Out on the reef you will see lots of brightly colored fish and corals, sting rays, giant clams, sea turtles, and even some harmless small reef sharks. Some days whales are spotted too that pass through the area on their way to breeding grounds.
Rum Runner's crew will give you informative talks to help you understand and appreciate this eco system even more. Dependent on weather conditions and tides this trip will go to either Undine Reef or Mackay Reef.
Never dived before? Never mind, you can still dive here. This is called an intro-dive and a qualified instructor will equip you, give you all instructions needed and stay with you throughout the dive. An experience not to be missed.
Rum Runner is no longer
in Cape Tribulation
please see Oceansafari for half day snorkelling trips.
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From Cape Tribulation there are only day trips, if you'd like to spend several days on a liveaboard boat you'll need to do this from Cairns, to book reeftrips or scuba diving courses (or any other tours) in Cairns click here.
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