Swim in the Great Barrier reef!

With our little red dot relatively close to Australia (proximity wise), it’s no wonder that it should be one of the top destinations not just for study but also for travel too. And especially with the Australian unit coming down to almost parity with the Singapore dollar, things have gotten “cheaper” by default, just like they have across the causeway.

But we digress.

Grea Barrier reef mapThis post is about the Great Barrier reef. We are sure you have heard about it. How can you not! While it is not a single contiguous reef, it is made up of many adjoining ones, said to be collectively the largest in the world.

For one thing we all should be concerned for the reefs. In recent years, quite a significant portion of it was affected by climate change leaading to warmer temperatures of the water. This caused bleaching – you know, corals turning white and dying since they are sensitive to the temperature.

And then there is the threat of pollution from both mineral extraction and agriculture. The runoff from land laden with chemical wastes poison the waters too!

The featured picture shows a leaping salt water crocodile. No, we did not snorkel with this fella. It would be too much excitement…Not only did we enjoyed the reefs from Cairns, we also explored the surrounding natural sights. Find out what we did in this essay.

Have you been to the reefs? Will you make plans to return soon?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

9 thoughts on “Swim in the Great Barrier reef!”

  1. Haven’t been yet, would love to. Even though The Great Barrier Reef is under threat from pollution, coming from Hong Kong, I find that Australia is one of the least polluted countries that I’ve been to.

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  2. I didn’t snorkel there, but I did take a scenic flight over the Whitsundays, from up there it was still incredibly beautiful! I was lucky enough to snorkel on the West Coast, at Coral Bay and Exmouth, where the reef is still gorgeous and colourful, but the bleaching in Fiji was terrible 😦 so sad!

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  3. I’ve been to Australia but not the Reef, Suan. As you appropriately noted, they are suffering extensively from pollution and global warming. It would be an environmental disaster of the first order to lose it. –Curt

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