A bucket list destination, the Great Barrier Reef is best explored by liveaboard. Get ready to dive the outer reefs where you’ll see sharks, mantas and more on the largest barrier reef in the world!
On the northeast coast of Australia lies the Great Barrier Reef. In the outer parts of this 132,974 square miles (344,400 square kilometer) reef, you’ll see mantas and several species of sharks, including silky sharks, grey reef sharks, whale sharks and even tiger sharks. Coral gardens, bommies, pinnacles, channels and caverns make up the majority of dive sites. While you may be able to sample the inner reefs on a day trip from Queensland, the outer reefs can only be seen by liveaboard and offer better biodiversity, healthier corals and fewer divers. Most liveaboard cruises to the Great Barrier Reef last 3 to 8 days, and the best time to dive in Australia is from June to November.