The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia and is the largest living thing on Earth. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It’s home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.
So as long as I can remember the Great Barrier Reef was the one place on earth I wanted to visit more than anything. I have always had such a great love for marine life and ever since I was young I dreamed of the day I could get up close and personal with the reef.
And this year my dream came true, I got to dive the Great Barrier Reef.
WHERE TO STAY
Gilligan’s’ – Gilligan’s is in a great central location in Cairns. It is a short walk to the marina (around 10 minutes). The hostel itself is amazingly clean & modern. The size and layout of the hostel almost look like a hostel. Each floor has its own kitchen and communal space. The 4-bed door I stayed in has a really good en-suite, balcony and air condition. Down starts they have their own bar and restaurant. The prices for a meal are very reasonable and it’s a great place to socialise. It really is the only place you should stay in Cairns.
Hostel prices – 4 Bed Dorm at Gilligan’s cost $38 AUD Per night working out at £19.65* per night
Day Tour – The Day trip with Deep Sea Divers Den can cost differently depending on your activities 1 am a certified a Scuba Diver and for 2 dives that day cost $240AUD. For someone who is not certified but you like to do an Intro Dive it costs $260AUD for 1 dive. And if you just wanted to Snorkel it would cost $190AUD. Prices include all equipment.
Tax Levies – $20 is payable by everyone on the trip and is paid by cash on the day of the trip.
Food & Drink – The day trips include a Buffet Lunch and tea, coffee and water throughout the day. Other snacks, soft or alcoholic drinks and be purchased at an extra cost.
I only did a day trip which I was gutted about as I really wanted to do a liveaboard so much but just couldn’t fit it in. I booked my boat tour with Deep Sea Divers Den which was amazing.
The whole experience was breath-taking and I took in every minute. The Great Barrier Reef is not somewhere to be missed. I am 100% planning to go back and do a liveaboard, as there is still so much of the reef to explore.
So here some photos of my experience. Some are taken by the Deep Sea Divers Den photographer and some by myself (I had to end up renting an underwater camera as my stupid GoPro broke).
Don’t forget to add me on Instagram – @leonie.parker –to follow my adventures!