A whale of a winter with Coral Expeditions

Contrary to popular belief, winter is actually the best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef.

A trip to the Great Barrier reef might be a great excuse for an escape from the cold but it is also arguably the best time of year to visit. The Reef is home to a magnificent cacophony of colourful corals, deserted tropical islands, picturesque sand cays and crystalline waters year-round. However, it is in winter that the Reef really comes to life.

June and July are prime time whale watching months. Each winter, starting around April, Dwarf Minke Whales begin to make their way to the warm waters of Queensland. These whales swim and breach right near the coastline of the Great Barrier Reef, making it the perfect location to get a close up. If you are truly lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of famous Migaloo, the white humpback whale.

Whales are not the only ones to seek out the Reef for a good time in winter. Mantarays become prevalent in the winter months and provide a spectacular and slightly eerie viewing when seen in their full force. The Great Barrier Reef also hosts over 1500 species of tropical fish, 120-year-old giant clams and 400 types of different coral to name a view of its highlights. The protected and unique dugong also chooses to make its home at the Reef. The world heritage listed reef truly is a wildlife wonderland.

Winter is also the dry season in Queensland and brings with it less rainfall whilst maintaining comfortable and mild temperatures in the mid-twenties. With water at its clearest and water temperature an easy 23 degrees Celsius, it is the perfect time of year to dive the glorious Reef.

Great Barrier Reef

Coral Expeditions offers a small, unique and authentic service to experience the Reef. With a long-standing history on the reef and more than 35 years’ experience, there is no better starting point to explore than with Coral Expeditions exclusive mooring sites and extensive knowledge.

Due to the delicate ecosystems and effects of human activity on the reef, it is more important than ever to ensure the Reef is well protected for future generations to enjoy and that sea creatures to continue their lives. Coral Expeditions is invested in the continued protection and sustainability of the reef, offering immersive experiences such as lectures and guided dives and snorkels in order to educate guests and prompt involvement in future protection.

If sunset drinks on remote beaches and snorkelling sessions around the remote Ribbon Reefs sound better than a chilly weekend at home, then Coral Expeditions’ three-, four- and seven-night immersive cruises could be just what the doctor ordered.


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