Great Barrier Reef Yacht Charter
A yacht charter in The Great Barrier Reef is what diving dreams are made of. Long lazy days filled with diving, sunshine and swimming in aquamarine waters. The Great Barrier Reef is found off the north eastern coast of Queensland, Australia and is the largest single structure of living organisms on this planet – so large it is visible from space. It boasts around 3000 individual reefs, 900 islands stretching over 2,300 kilometers.
However, a large part of this reef is protected from fishing or tourism. The main focus on the area is exploring the coral reefs, yachts generally opt to head out to the outer reefs to start and then slowly make there way back towards the coast. Each night it is possible to anchor off one of the islands and enjoy a BBQ supper under the clear, starry skies. Days are filled with snorkeling and diving. For something a little different in the area, head up to the Palm Group.
Several islands lay in close proximity off the coast of Townsville. The islands are known as Magnetic, Hinchbrook, Fantome and Orpheus. They are steeped in a dark history of Aboriginal culture and fascinating to wander around. Orpheus Island has been turned into an eco resort, where fine dining meets local produce all cooked by the expert chef on the beach restaurant. Fantome was once the home to an indigenous leper colony and today it is possible to receive a tour by an Aboriginal man whose grandparents were banished to the island. You will see old hospital beds, a graveyard and learn how they would spear fish. It is a humbling experience.