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GREAT BARRIER REEF In September the world does not end, so we suggest you to liven up the time until your next vacation, and see possibilities and destinations. Even organize that wonderful travel you always say you are going to do and then the responsibilities and day to day make you forget it in the drawer. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world, located in the Coral Sea in the northeast of Australia. It has no more and no less than 2,600 kilometers, 345,000 km2 and even distinguished from space. It is not a continuous reef but there are areas and almost 1000 islands to visit. For diving enthusiasts this place is a privileged destination, and from cities like Cairns or Townsville boats leave daily to transport those who want to enjoy this show. ECOLOGY The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most biologically diverse marine habitats and the wider area of the world. You can find thousands of plants and animals, seagrass beds, corals, crustaceans and countless different kinds of fish. In addition, it is also easy to see sharks, rays, turtles and whales. CORAL IN DANGER The planned expansion of ports and new port infrastructure projects threaten this reserve that has already been damaged by global warming, pollution and tropical cyclones. The Australian government has identified as a priority the conservation of the Great Barrier and created a plan of conservation and protection to prevent degradation of this space known as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. SPECIAL PLACES DIVING (Source: El País Travel by Paco Nadal.) Cairns Trips are organized to snorkel in one day, two or three days trips in which to dive, especially recommended for novice divers. Highly recommended reefs Flyn and Milln. Ribbon & Osprey Reef If you are experienced divers, this area can get you almost crazy. It is a string of ten reefs about seven hours from Cairns. It is common to see sharks, whales and huge banks of fish, called shoals. Osprey is an atoll formed around a volcano. Its surroundings are perfect for whale, sharks and minke whales. SS Yongala To visit the rests of a shipwreck you can visit the SS Yongala, a passenger steamer that sank in 1911 and is 24 meters deep. South West Rocks Faced with Sidney, it can be found a marine park famous for its nurse sharks. The Fish Rock Cave, an underwater cavern 24 meters depth ensures divers a lot of exciting experiences.
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