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Scuba diving in Australia and beyond
Here’s a list of three popular scuba and snorkeling destinations, in Australia and beyond.

Scuba diving in Australia and beyond...

The Great Barrier Reef, North Eastern Australia

With some 1,580 miles of coral reefs sitting out from the coast of North Eastern Australia, this
region has perhaps the best reputation for snorkelling and scuba diving in the world. It’s the world’
s largest coral reef system, composed of some 3,000 individual reefs, and because of its sheer
size there are a number of great places to stay lining the coast. However, Cairns and the
Whitsunday Islands account for around 85% of the tourism in the region, and they are the best
equipped areas for a holiday. From Cairns it is necessary to get a boat out to the reef because it
lies offshore. Often these will take you to a pontoon out at sea from which you can dive and it’s not
uncommon to see giant clams or huge Maori wrasse. In the Whitsundays, meanwhile, you won’t
always have to get a boat, as the reefs are closer to the shore. Highlights in this archipelago
include Daydream Island, which is home to an outdoor aquarium, and an incredible network of
reef lagoons.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Often listed as one of the natural wonders of the world, Bora Bora is a beautiful volcanic island
encircled by an incredible barrier reef. The view from the air is truly stunning, but there are plenty of
underwater sites that are just as breathtaking. Many of the resorts have overwater bungalows as
standard features, so it’s easy to just wake up and dive into the clear waters! The reefs contain a
diverse range of fish, sharks and rays, and it’s quite common to see huge manta rays gliding past
you. Both in and outside of the lagoon it is possible to see dolphins and turtles, while there is also
the chance to go on trips to feed the turtles and sharks. Scuba diving conditions are good all year
round in French Polynesia, but the best conditions are between April and November. If you visit
between July and early October you may also be able to see visiting whales that come to the
temperate waters to raise their newborns.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

A bit closer to home than anywhere in the Pacific Ocean, Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most
developed tourist resorts on the Sinai Peninsula. The warm waters of the Strait of Tiran also
include over 250 dazzling coral reefs and 1,000 species of fish. More experienced divers will want
to try dives to the wrecks of the Thistlegorm and Dunraven – the two most famous wrecks in the
Red Sea. Meanwhile, the destination is also excellent for snorkelers, as many of the corals come
within one meter of the surface due to the small tidal action of the Red Sea. More Europeans learn
to dive here than anywhere else in the world, and it is ideal for beginners.

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