Dive & Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef All Year Round

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many visitor’s favourite place in Australia. So it goes without saying that scuba diving and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef are on the top of many people’s bucket lists. Tourists book up the winter months in Cairns quickly, leaving the rest of the year open for others to try their hand at seeing what’s under the sea. Because Cairns is located close to the equator, during the summer months, the weather is wet and humid and it rains. A lot. So many people think that’s the worst time to book a dive. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! Great Barrier Reef Diving is great during every month of the year. With its diverse underwater environment and inhabitants, each month is great for different sea creatures. Cairns provides the best location to enter the Great Barrier Reef at it is the closest in proximity, giving you more time to play in the water.

Depending on the months, there are plenty of creatures in the ocean to see. For instance, the raining season or ‘summer and autumn months’ are during December to May and the dry season falling in-between May to November. During the wet season, there are a variety of reefs, fish, and even sharks are around to view. In February, turtles start hatching and newborns are sometimes seen in the water! You might even get lucky and be taken to the remote wilderness during these months to witness some of the best marine life in the Great Barrier Reef.

From March on, conditions increasingly get better, allowing you to view more species of fish, coral, sharks, and even whales. One of the best features of Great Barrier Reef snorkelling or diving in any season are the dolphins. They are around all year long to say hi and swim alongside your boat or with you in the water.

July brings out one of the most popular fish in the world, the True Nemo. The water is the clearest, and the most populated with tourists and divers. Manta Rays are also seen during the month of July, swimming in close proximity to divers, giving you a rare experience you won’t forget.

But the best month of all is August. The biggest activity in the entire year is balled up into this one month with Humpback Whales, hundreds of fish, and the Magical Migaloo, the world’s only all-white Humpback Whale makes its return to the Great Barrier Reef.

All-in-all, depending on what sea creatures you’re wanting to see up close, it pays to visit the Great Barrier Reef at any month. Your only choice now is whether to go Great Barrier Reef scuba diving or snorkeling.

Check out our Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tour.

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