visit the Great Barrier Reef

the world's largest coral reef

Contact info

Agent:Avery Portillo



Thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in the Great Barrier Reef, including the dwarf minke whale, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, and the humpback whale. Large populations of dugongs live there. More than 1,500 fish species live on the reef, including the clownfish, red bass, red-throat emperor, and several species of snapper and coral trout. Forty-nine species mass spawn, while eighty-four other species spawn elsewhere in their range. Seventeen species of sea snake live on the Great Barrier Reef in warm waters up to 50 metres (160 ft) deep and are more common in the southern than in the northern section. None found in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area are endemic, nor are any endangered.

Warnings and Restrictions

Unfortunately the reef has been exposed to coral bleaching and global warming. Also, farm run off has polluted more than 80% of water. The invasive species crown-of-thrones starfish has preys on coral polyps. To protect the reef from further damage oil drilling and overfishing are prohibited.


Due to its vast biodiversity, warm clear waters and accessibility from the tourist boats called "live aboards", the reef is a very popular destination, especially for scuba divers. Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef is concentrated in Cairns and also The Whitsundays due to their accessibility. These areas make up 7%–8% of the Park's area. The Whitsundays and Cairns have their own Plans of Management. Many cities along the Queensland coast offer daily boat trips.


Traveling from March 5th to March 12 flying out of DFW a round trip will cost....

American Airlines: $1,923 per person

Air New Zealand: $1,186 per person


Hotels per night located in Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef....

Double tree by Hilton: double Hilton guest room (fits 4) is $96 per night, may adjust to amount of people staying in room

Mantra Esplanade: $116 per night

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