"Live aboard diving on the Great Barrier Reef" State of Queensland by Quero

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Nobody should go to Australia without experiencing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Corals and marine life are prolific, making any dive or snorkel trip unforgettable.

Accessible, no matter what your travel schedule

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world, extending 2,010 in length and spanning from 16 to 145 km in width. Because it is separated from the shore by a lagoon varying from 16 to 240 km, it is possible to visit the reef either on day trips from land (to the nearer reefs) or on live aboard tour boats (especially for the further reefs).

Our week-long dive trip visited several of the Ribbon Reefs as well as Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

Undersea Explorer

The boat we sailed on was the Undersea Explorer. It is special in that there is a distinct research focus to each trip. A marine biologist is a crew member, and ongoing research projects are conducted, with the participation of the passengers, if they are interested.

In addition, the boat often carries a scientist working on his or her own research. I have often seen documentary programs on networks such as National Geographic and Discovery featuring the work carried out from the Undersea Explorer.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Excellent variety of dive sites
  • Cons:Not for brand-new divers
  • In a nutshell:Experienced divers will be well-satisfied
  • Last visit to State of Queensland: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • thedouglas's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2006 at 4:34 PM

    Really lovely Barrier Reef pics - so nice to see visitors getting up so close and enjoying it all!

  • mesoblonda's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2005 at 8:14 PM

    AMAZING GBR pics! Looks like I've found another fun Libra on VT!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2004 at 3:01 AM

    This is going to be a very useful page on VT because everyone seems to want to see the GBR. I had no idea you weren't allowed to fly for a day after diving.


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