Written by Samuel Phineas Upham,
The Great Barrier Reef stretches along 2,300 km of beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s world famous for its collection of coral and sea life, making it one of the most interesting and beautiful snorkeling spots in the world. First-timers will find plenty of shallow waters to explore, while veterans can do some deep sea dives that explore a much more diverse range of wildlife.
Wherever you are in the Great Barrier Reef, you’re less than an hour away from a snorkeling or diving spot. Tours depart daily, based on weather, but many leave early in the morning for a full-day excursion.
Cod Hole and the Ribbon Reef
The waters are extremely clear in this dive off the Northern Reefs. There are only about five different dive companies that service the region, so it’s relatively protected and out of the way too. This ensures you have a more intimate experience with the wildlife down below, and that you have more freedom to explore. Trips to the region usually last for a few days, so be sure to check with your guide to see what you should bring with you.
The biggest draw, and where the place gets its name, are the potato cod fish who reside there. These creatures have become trusting of divers and will often come close to swimmers. You can also dive with whales during the months of June and July, when Dwarf Minke whales visit the area. If you’re planning to visit the area during the summer, ask your guides about packages that feature diving with whales for this one-of-a-kind experience.