The Sea Urchin – Species of the Reef


The sea urchin is a common site in aquariums and reefs around the world, and the Great Barrier Reef is no different. They abound on the shallows of the reef as well as the deeper areas and walls. Sea urchins are related to sea cucumbers and starfish. Like their cousins they have tubular feet they use to crawl across the reef. They use both water and blood as circulation systems in their bodies and eat mostly algae as part of their diet. When food conditions abound they can reproduce very quickly and therefore reach large numbers in a very short period of time. Likewise when the food sources dwindle they die of in masses just as quickly.

The spines are method of protection against predators but also offers a home to juveniles of smaller fish, offering them protection also. These spines are not dangerous to humans but as always it is best not not play with the wildlife.

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A Better Environmental and Travel Experience


We do many things onboard our boats to make sure we minimize our possible environmental impact. That means you can enjoy your diving and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef with the knowledge you are not impacting the reef in any detrimental way. One of the things we often talk to our guests about is the use of batteries instead of generators to provide power while we are at the reef.

By capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted during the normal operations of running the engines we charge our extensive battery banks. This allows our snorkelers and scuba divers to enjoy the reef, sunsets and sleep without the noise of a generator in the background. We then recycle the batteries after several years, and eliminating the generator decreases the use of oil and fossil fuels, as well as carbon emissions. A win for both the environment and your travel experience.

So when you are planning your next scuba diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef think about the best way to experience the reef, with only the noise of the waves and birds. If you decide to book with us it’d be our privilege to show you the beauty of this natural wonder…

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Want to Keep that Summer Feeling?


If you are in the United States and want to keep that summer feeling going well into the fall. Qantas is offering some great deals now on airfares to the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns. Get your last snorkel and diving fix before the winter in the best place in the world to dive, The Great Barrier Reef.

To take advantage of this offer, start your travel between 19 October and 18 November 2010.

Hurry! This offer ends Tuesday, 27 July 2010. Availability is limited and as always check the airline website for the latest details.

Los Angeles to:
Cairns round trip from* $ 958

San Francisco+ to:
Cairns round trip from* $ 958

New York (Newark)+ to:
Cairns round trip from* $1158

Make sure you book your snorkel and scuba experience here as well to make sure you get to see the best the reef has to offer.

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