Important facts to consider while sightseeing on the Great Barrier Reef:
The Great Barrier Reef is undisputed as one of the world's most important natural assets. It is the largest natural feature on earth stretching more than 2,300km along the northeast coast of Australia from the northern tip of Queensland to just north of Bundaberg. It is an area bigger than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined and is the largest World Heritage Area in the world
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest collection of coral reefs, it contains 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish and 4000 types of mollusc.
While snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef it is very important that we leave the reef as we find it. There is strictly no standing or touching corals while exploring the reef. Calypso provides flotation devices (pool noodles) to everyone on board if required.
The Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia's first World Heritage Areas, was inscribed in 1981 on the World Heritage List in recognition of its outstanding natural universal values:
- As an outstanding example representing the major stages in the earth's evolutionary history;
- As an outstanding example representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes;
- As an example of superlative natural phenomena; and
- Containing important and significant habitats for 'in situ' conservation of biological diversity.