Published on October 11th, 2010 | by john.weir0
Dive Into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef On Heron Island
Heron Island is known the world over for its excellent Great Barrier dive
sites and fantastic coral gardens and pinnacles. So good is the diving that
Jacques Cousteau – the world’s most famous undersea explorer of our time –
listed The Heron Bommie as one of his top ten favourite dive sites.
A natural coral cay, located directly on the reef, there are more than 20
different dive sites to explore, more than half of which are just 15
minutes from the beach. The waters are teeming with reef fish, turtles,
mantas reef sharks and endless varieties of invertebrates.
Diving at Heron Island is relatively shallow, with an average depth of
around 15 to 35 metres, and snorkellers can enjoy the shallow reefs that
come up to within two or three metres of the surface in places.
The cooler months make for clearer visibility, with divers being rewarded
with 20 to 25 metres of crystal clear visibility, allowing divers and
snorkelers to spot a huge array of fish and corals.
The waters of the reef are home to around 60% of the 1,500 species of fish
and around 72% of the coral species found in the Great Barrier Reef.
On Heron Island divers can head out as many as three times a day at 9am,
11am and 3pm. The deepest dive (18m) is first up for the morning and is
followed by a 16m and a 14m dive. Every dive is accompanied by a qualified
dive guide and is watched over by a lookout and skipper fully certified in
dive first aid. Aside from the night dives, dives are easily within the
ability and comfort zone of even the most novice diver.
Heron Island’s World Class Diving on the Great Barrier Reef offers:
Â· Minimal time (5-15 minutes) to Reef dive sites
Â· Dive sites all located within a Marine National Park
Â· Shallow Reef dives
Â· Long bottom times
Â· Buoyed dive sites
Â· Stable platform style boats with shaded canopies
Â· Divemasters present on all dives
Â· Giant stride entries – exit via wide ladders
Â· No carrying of tanks or weights at any time
Â· Highest quality dive equipment
Â· Up to three dives per day
Â· Night dives