Due to increasingly warm oceans around Australia, the health of the iconic underwater attraction is currently in a state of uncertainty. With this in mind, it’s essential to make plans to visit the Great Barrier Reef sooner rather than later.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, and one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Underwater World’ in 1989, the Great Barrier Reef has enjoyed long history of attracting a string of discerning charterers.
Such appeal is unsurprising when you consider how the structure stretches over 2,300km, is comprised of 3,000 individual reefs, and is the largest living coral system on Earth.
A uniquely kaleidoscopic formation, The Great Barrier Reef is home to countless species of marine life at varying depths making it an all but unrivalled destination for snorkelling and diving.
Unlike other yachting hotspots, however, the Great Barrier Reef is faced with an uncertain future, and is an experience which needs to be ticked off the bucket list before it’s too late.
Despite instances of coral bleaching, the Great Barrier Reef remains one of the most beautiful natural spectacles to visit whilst away on a yacht charter vacation
The reason for such timeliness has to do with how seriously the health of the Great Barrier Reef relies on the climate of the South Pacific.
As the ocean’s temperature rises, certain sections of the reef risk becoming skeletal, making it vital that those interested in exploring Australia’s crowning attraction do so with an even greater urgency than before.
It should be point out now that despite the recent decline in health, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority confirmed in June 2016 that superyachts were not to be held accountable for the bleaching.
Pledging additional support for charterers keen to visit the celebrated ecosystem, the Authority went on to announce that marinas in the region would go ‘above and beyond to ensure visiting superyachts have the best experience possible’.
Whilst facing an undetermined future, it would be impossible to overstate the rare beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
Indeed, from Bundaberg to Cape York and along the coast of Queensland, the reef provides Australia with a truly varied number of underwater landscapes. Though bleaching has afflicted certain areas of the structure, there is still an abundance of areas which remain unaffected and as vibrant as ever.
What’s more, the fringes of the reef can be incorporated into broader charter vacations around Australia, with the Whitsunday Islands in particular offering a veritable gateway to the attraction.
Resplendent with colorful corals just calling out to be explored, the Great Barrier Reef is certain to satisfy your entire charter party
Appropriate for every kind of visitor, the Great Barrier Reef is home to an array of awe-inspiring views above the water as well providing the opportunity for some casual snorkelling and extended dives for the more proficient divers in your party.
With the company of giant fish sure to keep everyone in constant awe, the clear waters of the reef are no doubt some of the best the world over.
Ultimately, by making haste to get out to the reef, visitors can be assured of a truly memorable charter vacation which tops the list of once in a lifetime experiences.
In order to begin making arrangements to visit the Great Barrier Reef via superyacht, feel free to get in touch with your preferred charter broker.
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