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Great Barrier Reef's diving opportunities highlighted


By  Unsigned,   Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Snorkeling and scuba diving are often favourite activities for adventure sports enthusiasts taking holidays in tropical regions, according to one travel website.

The Great Barrier Reef in North Eastern Australia is one of a number of warm-water destinations that will provide a great experience for both first timers and experienced divers, states Travelbite.co.uk.

Australia's iconic reef, which comprises 1,580 miles of coral reefs, is considered one of the best places in the world for snorkelling and scuba diving.

"Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands account for around 85 per cent of the tourism in the region, and they are the best equipped areas for a holiday," the website states.

"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 from."

Most of the day trips offer instruction and many also include a guided tour. It is not uncommon to see huge Maori wrasse or giant clams.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system and is composed of around 3,000 individual reefs.