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Angelfish On The Great Barrier Reef

Regal Angel-Fish

Angelfish On The Great Barrier Reef.

Angelfish are well known for their brilliant colors and striking patterns. The smaller species form harems consisting of a male and up to five females with sex reversal of the dominant female occurring within about 3 weeks if the male is lost or dies. Larger species are generally found in pairs, they may bond strongly and occupy the same reef site for many years. The pairs will defend their territory from intruders, dashing from one shelter to another and emitting an audible grunting sound to warn their partner and put the intruder on notice to leave. The Regal Angelfish has large yellow stripes outlined with dark blue and then large white stripes painted vertically on the sides of their bodies. The dorsal and bottom fin tend to have orange stripes with blue highlights.

Some species of Angel fish feed on zoo plankton, a microscopic plankton that is difficult to see with the human eye but made up of small transparent invertebrates and algae. Many different species can be found on The Great Barrier Reef species like the Bicolor Angel Fish half yellow half blue fish kind of cut in half by its own colors. There is also the Emperor Angelfish with long vertical blue and yellow stripes from head to tail. Last but not least is the Rabbitfish, why do they call it the rabbit fish, well mainly because of its rabbit like snout and large eyeballs, typically Rabbit fish live on shallow reef crests, lagoons and tidal flats where they typically graze on algae, sea grass, sponges and tunicates. Rabbit fish have venomous fin spines which can cause a very painful wound if you find yourself jabbed by one. In general when snorkeling or spending time out on the reef use the rule – “Don’t touch anything”. If you spend your time abiding by this rule then it is very unlikely you will run into any trouble with the local marine life on The Great Barrier Reef.

If you would like to find out more on how to get to The Great Barrier Reef contact Cairns Tours Advice & Booking Center, a small travel agency based in Cairns, Australia, helping people book and find reef trips to The Great Barrier Reef from both Cairns or Port Douglas.

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Cairns – Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef

Cairns – Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is a beautiful little city located on the North East Coast of Australia. We have a population of about 140,000 people and the main business conducted here is related to Tourism. Once a sleepy little industrial port, Cairns soon became the center for reef tourism here in Australia. The close proximity of The Great Barrier Reef itself, located only 26km from Cairns, makes this little town the place to be to visit the largest reef system on the planet.

Since the 1980′s, Cairns has cemented itself as the principal center for reef tourism in Australia. With over 45 reef tour companies operating from both Cairns & Port Douglas, it is easy to see why Cairns is the best place to visit The Great Barrier Reef. The close proximity of the Outer Barrier Reef (only 55km from the coast here) is what sets Cairns apart from all other destinations on the East Coast of Australia claiming to have access to the reef.

Cairns IS The Main Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef! Why?

Cairns Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef

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Our small city itself also brims with life and energy. Cairns Esplanade and Shields Street are the main walking paths in and around the ‘downtown’ part of Cairns. You will find many fantastic little coffee shop/cafes and restaurants located here and in my opinion two of the top restaurants in Cairns are Barnacle Bills Seafood Restaurant and Dundees on the Waterfront (there are many more, but these two definitely stand out).

By evening, you will find the many bars full of local and international travelers, mingling and enjoying the sultry warm air and outdoor lifestyle. The Salthouse bar/restaurant is a hot spot for a nice glass of wine or beer, located out on the marina overlooking all the giant super yachts that Moor in Cairns.

More recently, Cairns hosted Australia’s largest annual travel show – The Australian Tourism Exchange 2014, which attracted the top wholesale travel buyers and sellers from Europe, The US and Asia. Cairns city is easy to walk around and within one full day you will have sorted  out your orientation of this beautiful little tropical city.

The local Cairns City Council have created a fantastic little video to show case our sister city relationships and I think it has really captured the essence of Cairns. I have included the link above.

What do you think? Is Cairns The Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef?

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Hummer Night Tours – Cairns, Australia

Hummer Night Tours – Cairns, Australia

An exciting new way to explore the region to the north, near the famous little rainforest village of Kuranda, has now hit the scene in Cairns!

Hummer Night Tours – Cairns, Australia is located about 40 mins drive from downtown Cairns, towards the western part of Kuranda, where the landscape opens up towards the tablelands region, with the beautiful little town of Atherton lying further to the south.

Local tour company, ‘International Coaches & Tours’ operate ‘H1 – American Hummer Night Tours’ – Cairns Australia. So, for those who are adventurous at heart and also want to see some amazing wildlife at the same time,  check it out!

A thrilling ride through the bush, scrub and rainforest (complete with jumps and mud holes) will have you hanging on for your life. However, rest assured that the local driver guides know their stuff, so sit back and enjoy this thrilling new night tour!

‘Hummer Night Tours – Cairns Australia’ start at around 6:30pm. They will collect you from your hotel and take you up to their adventure park where you will experience all the excitement of riding in an American H1 – Hummer, enjoy a real Aussie style BBQ dinner, before visiting Granite Gorge to hand feed the local rock wallabies.

For a really great way to experience the real Australian bush at night book your Hummer Night Tours Cairns and have a fantastic fun-filled evening!

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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flights Cairns – Nautilus Aviation

Scenic Helicopter Flights Cairns – Nautilus Aviation

Hey guys, back from another amazing adventure! The weather has been absolutely amazing recently, considering the monsoon (rainy) season has already started. We have  been having fantastic conditions to get outdoors, with amazing sunny days, blue skies and a light sea breeze.

I love flying, so when I was given the opportunity to enjoy a 30 minute scenic helicopter flight over The Great Barrier Reef here in Cairns with Nautilus Aviation, I grabbed it with both hands.

It was about 2 o’clock in the afternoon on an amazing day about 2 weeks ago and we had a full flight with a couple from Brazil, our pilot and of course, me (fatty). Even with my extra weight on board, we were still able to take off! So, just remember that whenever you take a helicopter flight, as in all areas of aviation, they will weigh you so that they can adjust the fuel to weight ratio.

After about 15 minutes on the ground going through the safety procedures, we all jumped into our little ‘rocket ship’, an R44 Helicopter. These little beasts are very maneuverable, and can also bounce around like a car going over pot holes! This all just adds to the excitement of flying around at just over 500 feet above sea level.

Now, we all know that the Great Barrier Reef is BIG, as everybody is always blabbering on about how it can be seen from space. I do have to say that it’s not until you get up there and look down to see the vastness of this amazing living, breathing organism that you start to get an idea of how expansive it actually is.

This natural 7th natural wonder of the world never ceases to amaze me with its beauty and abundance of colors. As the reef stretches out as far as the eye can see, you realize that it’s size can only really be truly appreciated viewed from the air.

So, if its within your budget when you’re here visiting Cairns, I recommend you to definitely see the guys at Nautilus Aviation and let them rock your world with an amazing 30 min Scenic Reef Flight. You won’t be disappointed!

An amzing way to see the Great Barrier Reef Book your - Scenic Helicopter Flights Cairns

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Coral Spawning Great Barrier Reef

Coral Spawning Great Barrier Reef

Thursday night was a rainy, slightly sultry evening with a little bit of wind, so our hopes weren’t high as we jumped on board TUSA T6 to head out for this yearly event’s night of diving.

It wasn’t until we descended to a depth of about 13 meters that the action started. We were viewing schools of smaller fish, scurrying around looking for cover from larger predator fish like Giant Trevally and Red Bass, until we encountered our first sitting of coral spawning. The brain coral seemed to start the show off with a milky, smokey haze emitting from their hard outer crusts.

This was my second time to witness coral spawning Great Barrier Reef style, so I had a few ideas of what would happen on our dive.  Drifting with the light current in slightly deeper waters, we hit the jackpot with 3 Moray Eels nestled in their hiding holes waiting for dinner to drift by.

The second Moray Eel was actually the biggest one I have ever seen in all my years of diving, an amazing big head and body with one sole cleaner shrimp hanging around for the scraps of any prey the Eel may have snapped up.  She seemed surprisingly relaxed, so we were able to get very close to this amazing species while she allowed us film her and enjoy that moment.

This was all on the first dive, so we were pretty stoked when we returned to the boat to receive our hot dinner! The second dive was also a beautiful dive and although there wasn’t as much action as the first, it was a nice way to finish off our night diving  for this year’s coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Green Island Cairns

Green Island Cairns

Would you like a day to relax and soak up the sun, beautiful beaches, rain forest and also view a great variety of marine life? You can visit Green Island, Cairns on either a full or half day tour. The Island itself is the closest point of the Great Barrier Reef to the mainland, located just 26 km from Cairns and ferries run to and from the island 3 times per day.

A fast way to get out to Green Island is with the company Big Cat, who have a smaller fast boat called Reef Rocket. This boat only takes about 45-minutes to reach Green Island from Cairns.

Big Cat have a half day package which includes your choice of snorkeling equipment or glass bottom boat and a Semi-Submarine Cruise.  For those who haven’t been before, Semi-Submarines are a boat with a very deep hull that has  large windows designed for viewing the reef, fish and surrounding marine life.

Some people call Green Island “touristy”… and to some extent it is a little bit. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that there is a surprising amount of marine life directly underneath the jetty! With just this short swim off the beach, you can find yourself snorkeling in an abundance of marine life in no time at all, with large schools of fish hanging around, enjoying the beautiful warm waters and shade from the jetty.

So, for a nice ‘beach style’ day, with crystal clear blue water, great marine life and modern amenities, Green Island is a great way to get your feet wet without spending too much money and still having a relaxed, enjoyable day.

If you would like to book a trip to Green Island, visit Cairns Tours Advice & Booking Center. They can help book your Green Island Cairns Tour.

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Diving Cairns & Papua New Guinea

Diving Cairns & Papua New Guinea

Diving in Cairns The Great Barrier Reef

Diving: Cairns & Papua New Guinea

Have you been diving for a while and are looking for a dive holiday with something just that little bit different? Why not take the option of diving from Cairns’ Outer Ribbon Reefs and beyond, while also Diving on the Eastern Bays of Papua New Guinea?

Local Cairns dive tour booking agency Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Center have put together custom dive itineraries for diving in Cairns, The Cod Hole, Osprey Reef and Papua New Guinea.

Start your Cairns Diving expedition boarding a 5-day live aboard vessel from Cairns. The live aboard will take you to the Outer Ribbon Reefs, Lizard Island, The Cod Hole and Osprey Reef.

Experience some of the best diving in Australia drifting past 1000 meter walls at the amazing Osprey Reef. Most expeditions also include a controlled shark feeding that really gets you close to many species of reef and blue water sharks.

Most expeditions finish with a scenic flight from Lizard island an altitude of just over 800 feet above sea level (in order to keep divers safe). This concludes your Cairns diving component of the tour.

After taking a day to relax, you take a short 1 hour 45 minute flight to Papua New Guinea, relax have some lunch, while taking an afternoon flight to TUFI Resort.

At TUFI Resort, you will spend 5 nights of world class muck diving under the jetty at the house reefs, or diving the outer reef walls with mild currents, schooling barracuda, hammerhead sharks and an array of amazing bio diversity.

TUFI Resort is part of the Coral Triangle in Papua New Guinea and is recognized as some of the most pristine diving in the world. The eastern side of PNG is rarely visited by ‘outsiders’ and boasts some of the most remote diving locations in the world.

For more information please visit: Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Centre

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Cairns Reef Tours! Gosh! Which one to choose?!

Cairns Reef Tours

Choose your Cairns Reef Tours

Cairns Reef Tours – What should I Choose?

Have you been thinking about taking a short trip to Cairns for a few days? If so, I’m guessing you have probably been searching the web endlessly for some ideas on what to do up here, right?

If you have spent anytime on Google researching, then you have probably been overwhelmed by the amount of information and tours available regarding Cairns Reef Tours.

Cairns is the principle location for Reef Tourism here in Australia. With it’s close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, only 26km off shore, Cairns is the ideal location for a trip to the world famous Great Barrier Reef.

Now, the problem is… where do you start?

I firstly ask people what they want out of their day, and other simple questions, like can they swim? If their answer is no, then they should choose a reef company that has a floating pontoon. Floating pontoons are large platforms that have lots of facilities that can get you up close to the reef without even getting wet. Semi-submarines, Glass Bottom Boats and Underwater Observatories are a few of the things that you will find on most pontoon locations. This is the perfect starting point for people who do not wish to get into the water too much, or if you have young children, are a family or an elderly couple.

Most modern platform operators from Cairns start at around 9am and return at around 5pm. They offer full buffet lunches, morning & afternoon tea, snorkeling and all the other amenities mentioned above. So, for a fun, safe way to visit the reef if you have children or people who can’t swim, choose any company that has a platform.

I hope this piece of information will help you to decide on your Cairns reef tour. If you still need some true local advice about the trips available, then head on over to these guys for some friendly helpful advice: Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Center

In the next edition, I will talk about dive boats and fast high speed snorkel boats and the  services they provide.

Have a great vacation!

The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia.

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