Reading about tourism destinations can all feel a bit the same. But for those people who like to plan the itineraries for their trips, and know exactly what they want to see, we go into a bit more detail. One example of this kind of guest is someone who is passionate about diving. And the Great Barrier Reef is full of almost too many opportunities to put on the dive gear and explore.


But one place that our Whitsunday Islands Luxe Charters team hears great reviews about over and over is Opal Reef.


So, were going to dive (!) into a bit more detail about this stellar dive site to really help those of you reading who would love to work some high-quality diving into your yacht tour decide on your best options.


Opal Reef Overview

The main draw of Opal Reef (apart from the brilliant name) is that it has two great attributes: its large, and its shallow. For divers of all abilities, this means that most of the main areas are accessible and approachable. It also means that you dont need a heap of dive gear and experience: snorkelling plus the clear water means that you see almost everything the reef has to offer.


Mojo and Blue Lagoon

The location known as Mojo to locals is close to the North Opal and home to larger fish like bass and snapper. Those ‘deep water’ fish find their way into Mojo because of the rush of cooler water flowing in the gaps in the reef. Reef sharks and ocean turtles are also fre-quent visitors for the same reason.

 Blue Lagoon is nearby and not always accessible. While it’s close to Mojo, it has a much shallower water level, which means that at different times boats can’t get in. That lower water level and the warmer water that results from it means that small, friendly reef fish are right at home here living and flitting around coral gardens that fringe the shallow water.

Beautiful Mooring

This part of Opal Reef is worth visiting because it is one of the most protected parts of the entire location. That means that much more fragile corals flourish, as they are protected from the powerful cross-currents of the Coral Sea. The relatively calm water means that small finned fish (the kind you saw in Finding Nemo) are right at home here and reward pa-tient divers with plenty of glimpses as they flit around their anemone homes.


Tempted to See it For Yourself?

Seeing the amazing world living under the sea is something that we should all do in our lifetimes. And if you are a diver or a confident snorkeller, there are few better places than Opal Reef to do it. We can help make it happen on private charters on our fleet of world-class Whitsunday exclusive superyachts.

 We can craft an itinerary that suits you perfectly and also take care of all the ‘extra’ activity bookings and reservations for you. Our experienced and friendly team has plenty of trips under their belt, and we’re ready to help you put together an unforgettable experience.


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