Norman Reef

The Great Barrier Reef consists of 900 tiny islands off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia and measures 2,300 kilometres long. It’s one of the most visited destinations in the country and worth every minute. The reef is filled with over a million different types of coral, thousands of fish species, as well as being the home to many turtles, dolphins and sharks. It’s even seen from space! With thousands visiting each year, The Great Barrier Reef is full of tours ready to take you out on the water to experience one of the greatest places on earth.

One of the best reefs out there is the Norman Reef. Located 80 kilometres from Cairns, the Norman Reef lies on the outer edge of the Great Barrier. Known to locals and expert divers as one of the best diving spots in the country, Norman Reef is a dream come true for anyone who gets to explore it underwater. It’s filled with caves, corals, giant clams, turtles, and swim through areas that will make you believe you’re in another world.

There are many tours from Cairns that will take you out to the outer location of the Great Barrier to experience it either under or on the water. Snorkelling is also a great option if you’re not comfortable going completely underwater and requires no experience necessary. If you’re curious and want to commit to a full scuba diving experience, you have the option to do your first and second dive out there.

The chance of seeing a variety of marine life is pretty high, with moray eels, manta rays, anemones, and turtles living in the reef throughout the year. If you’re in luck and visiting the Great Barrier Reef during the winter months, you may have the chance to view the Minke Whales. They tend to take over the area mid-to-late winter. Don’t miss out on this opportunity if whale-spotting is on your bucket list!

Many tour operators offer full day excursions out to Norman Reef, which includes visiting another nearby reef. The other outer reefs included may be the Saxon, Hastings, or Michaelmas. Being able to experience two outer reefs in one day is a great way to see two different reef systems that live in the same area. Many of the species are specific to their locations including certain fish, coral, and anemones.

Explore the reefs on our Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tour.

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