Anaconda III Sail & Dive
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is in the itinerary of every Anaconda III liveaboard sailing trip however it is really up to the prevailing weather conditions if you will go out there. The Great Barrier Reef is approximately a 4 hour trip out to sea from the Whitsunday Islands and if it is rough many passengers may get seasick. If the weather is good the crew will take you to the Great Barrier Reef. Anaconda III trips visit Bait Reef on the Great Barrier Reef and the below You Tube presentation is an example of the reef in this area it is not Bait Reef. Pictures were taken from a plane and this presentation is meant to be an example only. There is no plane flight included in the Anaconda III trip.
Bait Reef is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef with only a few boats visiting regularly. It is rare that Anaconda III does not get to go out to the Great Barrier Reef the sheer size of Anaconda III means it is the boat most likely to handle most weather conditions that prevail in the Whitsundays region.
At Bait reef you will experience pristine conditions visibility is usually extremely good with diving and snorkelling delivering a memorable experience.
The Great Barrier Reef lies along the coastline of Queensland from Cape York in the north and stretches for more than 2,000 kilometres to Bundaberg in the south. It has 2,900 individual reefs and 71 coral cays, it represents the world's greatest living coral reef. Queensland is a very large state. The state of Texas would fit inside Queensland with plenty of room to spare.
The coral reefs grow in the warm tropical waters and support a diverse and dense population of 10,000 species of sponge. 400 species of coral. 4,000 species of molluscs. 350 species of echinoderms. 4000 species of Molluscs. 500 Species of seaweed. 215 Species of birds. 16 Species of Sea Snake. 6 Species of Sea Turtle. 1,5000 species of fish and we'll let you find out how many species of Sharks there are for yourself. Divers estimate it would take over 1,000 dives just to see the Reefs highlights.
You can swim with giant Turtles, Manta Rays, join a swarming school of Unicorn fish or come face to face with the gentle giant potato cod. Coral gardens and Staghorn forests await you.
You might even see a few white or black tipped reef shark (they don't bite humans). You don't need a SCUBA tank to see the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkeling is the most popular way to enjoy the reef as most things worth seeing are found in the first few metres of water. Pontoons moored permanently right on the edge of the coral shelf also provide safe sites for divers and snorkelers.