Australia’s ‘Great 8’ are a group of colourful characters found on the Great Barrier Reef, each with a unique and vital role to play in the ecosystem. As the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach provides the ideal opportunity to swim, snorkel or even dive with them all!
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on the planet, stretching over 2,600 kilometres in length and covering 344,400km2 of the ocean. It consists of 2,900 individual reefs, 900 islands and can be seen from space. It is home to 1,625 species of fish, 600 types of coral, 133 types of sharks and rays and 6 species of sea turtles.
The Whitsundays have always been known for its pristine beaches, beautiful reefs, great weather and amazing marine life. It is a top tourist destination, that marvels all its visitors as they check out the sights and experience paradise. One of the Whitsundays most beautiful assets are the amazing reefs that surround the islands, where you can snorkel, swim, scuba dive and enjoy the warm blue waters.
If it isn't already at the top, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef should most definitely be on your bucket list! There is truly nothing more sensational than being able to get up close with unique aquatic life as they get on with their everyday underwater life. From manta rays and turtles to moray eels and sharks, there is so much to be seen in the deep blue sea!
Here at Sailing Whitsundays and Mr Travel, we are at the very heart of the Great Barrier Reef! Located right in the heart of Airlie Beach, the Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and The Great Barrier Reef.
For thirty five years the owner of Mr Travel has been sailing the waters of the reef in both racing and cruising vessels. This wealth of experience shows in the knowledge and information we bring to our website.
Experience the beauty and diversity of Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the best way possible, under the water! Under the guidance of our friendly and knowledgable instructors, you can take a ride through the wonders of the underwater world for the first time, no previous experience necessary!
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s best managed World Heritage sites. With over $200 million invested by the government annually as well as many other stakeholders raising money and taking interest in its well being, it is by far the most structured conservation effort in the world.