There are a thousand ways and more for someone to explore a new culture or environment when they go on vacation. There are dances, shows, and lots of unique and exciting things to do almost anywhere that you can think of to go. If you are a fan of the unique, though, then there is no tourist destination that is better for your adventures than the bottom of the sea.
Wreck diving is exciting, fascinating, and can be very mysterious as well. For colors and excitement, though, a coral reef is top notch and there is no coral reef better to explore than the Great Barrier Reef.
Scuba diving is a sport that is practiced around the world, and divers must be universally certified before they are allowed to rent equipment or dive. For the uninitiated, however, a program does exist that will allow you the joys and excitement of scuba diving without the hassle of certification. Discover Scuba classes are offered all over the world (almost anywhere that there is a stretch of beach). These special trips are daylong adventures during which you are taught the basics of scuba diving and then taken out into open water to practice your new skills under the watchful eyes of the instructors.
With a Discover Scuba class, you can have all the adventures and excitement that scuba has to offer, but avoid several days of test dives and education. If you find yourself falling in love with scuba (and surely you will) then you can continue from your Discover scuba trip on to certification with little trouble at all. These trips are carefully supervised and designed for the beginner to provide you with the best experience that they can give you, and will allow you to get right up close and personal with the wide range of life and excitement of the Great Barrier Reef.
The reefs themselves are gorgeous natural constructions of the hardened coral and of the younger, growing coral on the outsides. Fish of all colors and species crowd the reefs and provide you with hours of fascinating study. There are thousands of species of fish in the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef, and a never-ending series of behaviors to observe. One could spend a lifetime in pleasant study of the denizens of the Great Barrier Reef.
In addition to the tropical fish, which one naturally expects to find around a coral reef, there are many other fascinating marine creatures to observe. Rays can be found in the waters around the coral reefs, and are amazing creatures to behold. Eels can be found hiding within the reefs themselves, and are interesting predators to observe. If predators strike your fancy, keep an eye out for one of the dozens of breeds of shark that inhabit the waters around the Great Barrier Reef. Most of them are relatively harmless when it comes to humans as long as they are left alone, and your guides are there to assure that nothing untoward should happen to you. Follow their instructions and observe these primal predators in their natural environment.
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If predators are not your thing then consider the fact that sea turtles can often be seen in the waters around the Great Barrier Reef. These endangered sea creatures are a rare and wonderful sight to behold, and the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places to look for them. There is a little something for any adventurer under the sea, and the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best areas for diving in the entire world.