Beautiful, natural and wild and the most northern Great Barrier Reef resort, Lizard Island is a place reserved for the fortunate few. With 24 powdery-white beaches, 40 luxurious suites, five star cuisine, indulging spa treatments and sensational scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, it's little wonder that this beautiful island consistently makes the Top 10 Hotels of the World list. Enjoy secluded picnics on private beaches, explore the ruggedness of the island on a nature trail or simply relax in your luxurious suite. Lizard Island is an ideal couples getaway, accessed by air from Cairns Airport in Far North Queensland.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, and 4,000 types of mollusk, covering an area of more than 134,000 square miles. Every year, it’s estimated that 1.9 million people visit the area. But with the devastating effects of climate change and rising water temperatures continuing to place increased pressure on one of the earth’s most extraordinary ecosystems, scientists warn that our time with the natural wonder is running out. In April, the Australian Research Council warned that 500 coral reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea experienced the worst mass bleaching on record.
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If you have always wished to have experienced first hand the beauty of the underwater world and come face to face with schools of tropical fish, then an open water certification course is your passport to an exciting new world of adventure, and there is no better place to learn to dive than Australia's Great Barrier Reef. In as little as four days you can become a Certified Open Water Diver. The course will teach you the necessary skills and safety to be able to dive confidently anywhere in the world. The adventure of learning to dive as well as staying out on the Great Barrier Reef on a liveaboard dive vessel is a unique experience and one that is truly memorable.
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Hayman Island is a private island resort in the heart of the Whitsundays. The nearest Island to the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island is ideal for nature based activities and exceptional guest experiences.
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The Great Barrier Reef has been named the best vacation destination in the world in a newly released ranking published by US News & World Report. The UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches for more than 1,200 miles along the coastline of Queensland and is visible from space. Rounding out the top three spots are Paris and Bora Bora in French Polynesia.
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Cairns is the closest major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef with a huge array of trips and activities departing daily. The Reef Fleet Terminal situated between the Pier Shopping Centre and Cairns Harbour Lights provides a convenient hub for travellers to check in for their chosen reef activity.
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“The accommodation and services were first rate in every respect and the food well prepared, of good variety, ample quantities, fresh and well presented. Snorkelling allows close observation of turtles, manta rays, snuffel rays, reef sharks, lemon sharks, in large numbers. A great variety of birds can be studied, the fauna and flora is unique and this genuine reef island.”
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Stretching from Tropical North Queensland in the north to Central Queensland in the south, there are literally hundreds of islands dotted along the Great Barrier Reef. With a small handful of resorts offering a complete tropical island experience, there's really no better place to escape to for an idyllic and exotic holiday destination.