What is the Great Barrier Reef?
Visiting Australia became even more interesting ever since the ecotourism operators gained the support of the Australian Tourism Industry Council. If you find yourself planning for a Great Barrier Reef ecotourism experience, a certified ecotour might prove to be a better choice.
Certified ecotours provide guides who can ably discuss the ecological significance of the place, which will add to your appreciation. In addition, they will raise your awareness about the coral bleaching from which the reefs are suffering, as brought about by natural causes and by tourist activities..
For those who are not too familiar with this famous ecowonder, the Great Barrier Reef is a collection of beautiful coral formations scattered in Australia’s east coast . It’s aptly described as great because it covers about 300,000 square kilometers consisting of 3,000 reefs that formed into varying sizes of islands and cays ranging from 1 up to 10,000 hectares each.
These coral reefs serve as habitats to a multitude of marine life and sea creatures. Hence, a visit to these vast collections of habitats is also a chance to see the most diverse and colorful marine flora and fauna.
This world wonder, however, is estimated to be 18 million years old and is believed to have survived whatever changes the Earth has been through. According to researchers, it emerged out of the Ice Age era as a collection of terrestrial elements. It's a great place to visit by way of the certified Great Barrier Reef ecotourism programs, where tourists can walk, snorkel or scuba dive to explore the reefs during low tide or underwater.