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Great Barrier Reef

Come and experience the beauty, magnificence and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef for yourself!

Rediscovering The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef caught the world’s attention in the mid 1970s for both its discovery of amazing coral and dive photography and the Black Marlin (Granders) game fishing. As the wealthy came to dive and fish in their own vessels, a super yacht business grew around the Gateway port to the Reef, Cairns. Moving forward 40 years, the diving and fishing on the reef are as excellent as ever, as are the super yacht facilities and opportunities that have grown up around it.

Welcome to a journey of discovery and rediscovery. Experience again the legendary Australian hospitality and be introduced to super yacht Cruising in both the untouched Torres Strait Islands and the fascinating and diverse islands of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

A Historical Overview

Surprisingly, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the youngest with its history of construction taking place within the past million years. The modern reef is only about 8,000 years old with a complex history linked to sea level, climatic change and the structural evolution of the Coral Sea Basin.

Its beginnings are related to the plate tectonics of the earth’s early geological history and the break-up of the ancient super-continent of Gondwana. Named “Great Barrier Reef” by Lt. James Cook in 1770, the living labyrinth begins in the Gulf of Papua to Australia’s north, stretching to the southern-most coral cay, Lady Elliott Island. It encloses 345,000km2 of coastline, sea and coral. It encompasses around 2,900 individual reefs and 1,000 islands. It is vast, its entirety only to be seen from outer space. The Aborigines of the Gunggandji and Gurugulu Gunggandji clans call parts of the reef, their country. Based around Cooktown, these parts afforded their tribes with shelter and natures’ bounty, and defined them geographically, culturally and spiritually. Their skills of hunting and fishing with spears and boomerangs left Lt. Cook’s crew of the HMS Endeavour in awe. Stories passed down through the elders and matched to Cook’s journals recount the first ship repair on the banks of the Endeavour River, after its name sake ran aground on the reef. It would be another 17 years before the first fleet arrived in Botany Bay to form a British Penal colony.

When words such as largest, diverse, youngest and unique are used to describe an item, it is usually held in high regard and protected. The Great Barrier Reef is both and it is also world heritage listed. In 1975, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was established to ensure that the home of 400 of the 450 known coral species, 1,500 different types of fish, 4,000 types of mollusks, and shelter for a huge variety of creatures including endangered species is maintained and preserved for all future generations to enjoy.

How can we help the Reef?

The Great Barrier Reef, and reefs around the world, are under increasing pressure from climate change and other local threats. But the Great Barrier Reef is not dead. The reality is much more complex than that, with areas of damage but also areas of incredible beauty and life. It’s a resilient ecosystem and still a place of incredible beauty and life, but we need everyone’s help to keep it that way.

It’s easy – ask us how to get involved in the Great Reef Census program with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and do your part to help us survey the 40% of the reef that is currently undocumented!

What we do

There are many more opportunities for you and your crew to get involved in the future preservation efforts on the Great Barrier Reef and to clean up our beaches!

We work closely with the following foundations in our region and can also assist you to find a scientist/marine biologist to come on board your vessel:

  • Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Coral Sea Foundation
  • Great Barrier Reef Legacy
  • Parley for the Oceans
  • Stuart Ireland – Reef Today Series
  • International Seakeepers Society

Great Barrier Reef Biology

A team of qualified Marine Biologists and First Nations Cultural Guides, including accredited Master Reef Guides, with exceptional professionalism and knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef. With extensive engagement in ongoing research and education programs, the GBR Biology team offer their local expertise as reef guides on the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Share in their knowledge of this fascinating underwater world through memorable immersive experiences including indigenous storytelling, onboard educational presentations, and guided snorkelling adventures.



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