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3.5 million years the Coral Sea reefs were similar in coral coverage of today's very magnificent Great Barrier Reef. When the Great Barrier Reef was being formed 300,000 years ago, the Coral Sea Reefs were an important source of Coral for the GBR, both during the Great Barrier Reef formation and during sea level lowering. The Coral Sea is known for its array of large pelagic life as well as small creatures including myriad crustaceans. So despite weather and bleaching events throughout its history, the Coral Sea reefs appear resilient, boasting an impressive number of both hard and soft corals.
Technically, the Coral Sea reefs and Islands are not a part of the Great Barrier Reef; they lie from 60 - 400 km outside of the Great Barrier Reef boundaries.
Yet, even though both are different ecosystems, they form the largest mega system of corals found on the planet.
Of the 2500 species corals in the world, 1400 are found in the nutrient rich waters of the GBR and Queensland coast, and with a few hundred of these found in the Coral Sea reefs.
Of the corals remaining in the Coral Sea, it is of the more robust and encrusting types able to survive the warm nutrient poor waters of the Pacific Ocean.
And even though the Great Barrier Reef is now under tremendous stresses from climate change, it is still the Great Barrier Reef that offers snorkelers and divers the most diverse array of coral formations and tropical fish species on the planet.
2D/1N GBR Live-aboard tours - Book direct online with confidence.
Due to a new GBRMPA Eye on the Reef survey contract till 2024, departures for our famous 2D/1N GBR liveaboard to Thetford Reef are all now guaranteed for departure pending fine weather forecast, and no minimum passenger numbers required!
2D/1N tours are scheduled on most Mondays and Thursdays, selected Saturdays, and other selected weekdays where we are able to fit extra tours in. Fine weather forecast means no winds above 25kts. (Why would you want to go out there in strong winds for? Not even the Locals will; Some operators will; We Don't)
So, if we can't depart as scheduled, we ask to please accept some flexibility and a lot of understanding as you look to book on to this tour. Any bookings made directly with Rum Runner Cairns, which we are unable to honor or which you need to cancel, or are unable to reschedule, will receive 100% full refunds.
Book online (Book Now) to guarantee the best rate or call to ask Captain Richard about the best sailing conditions and departure dates. Look out for our DIVE SPECIALS - direct bookings secure free dive gear hire and $40 reef and fuel levy included!
Rum Runner is a 20m Fiberglass Yacht with shaded deck and all the creature comforts such as amenities, seating and dive platform/showers/Floating Dock and private tender to help make your trip a memorable experience.
Rum Runner Cairns have been providing Cairns Reef Trips since 2005 and in that time we have gained valuable experience of the area we tour and where the best spots to go are. We take regular groups of up to 16 people for Cairns snorkeling expeditions where guests get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Our services are value added with Cairns scuba diving expeditions to some very unique parts of the Great Barrier Reef marine park and we ensure all of our services are operated in the most professional way. If you have never been scuba diving before don't worry! We have trained and certified Cairns PADI course instructors who can help you get the skills necessary before you come out with us for a reef diving trip. And if you ever wanted to go shark diving Cairns this is our specialty with trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea expeditions to take divers to places where spotting all types of sharks is possible.
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