Diving the Great Barrier Reef

There are quite a few places you can stay to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Our favourite is Lizard Island, situated at the northern end of the Reef, which is home to little more than a Marine Research Station, a luxury hotel, pristine beaches, and a population of large lizards.

Neill and Louisa are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The coral gardens at Lizard Island on the outer reef are some of the best you will find anywhere.
  • The Whitsunday islands are a vision - the colours define what we mean by paradise.
  • The Coral Sea and Cod Hole offer up to 50m visibility. World-class.

Our Guide to Diving the Great Barrier Reef

As the largest reef system on earth, the Great Barrier Reef has long been a mecca for divers and snorkellers and rightly so. While some areas along the reef are now to a certain extent over-dived, you can still find pristine reefs far away from the crowds if you head to the northern reef where you will find the incredible Lizard Island.

The island is a National Park, and has some of the best diving the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Fringed by 24 powdery white beaches, it is a place for those in search of real escape and an exceptional reef experience. The Great Barrier Reef is home to an incredible diversity of marine life, and Lizard Island offers the full spectrum of diving and snorkelling trips to the inner or outer reef.

You can snorkel off a secluded beach to discover a garden of giant clams, or sample the renowned dive sites within easy reach of the island. At the world famous 'Cod Hole', you'll probably come face to face with a massive potato cod swimming right up to inspect you with child-like curiosity. Giant Queensland Grouper and wonderful, unbleached corals are also star attractions.


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Don't miss feeding possibly the world’s largest grouper just off the main beach at Lizard Island. It's huge and a real one-off experience.

Neill, Original Diver

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  • Average Temp. — 23°C / 73°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 4.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
Language

English

Currency

Australian Dollar

Flight from London

19:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +10 hrs

Best visit months

April to November


Top picks for Great Barrier Reef

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Lizard Island Resort

Great Barrier Reef

The Lizard Island Resort is the only place to stay to experience the magnificent coral and dive sites of this stretch of the Great Barrier Reef.

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