15 Great Barrier Reef Photos to Make You Want to Visit

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As Earth’s largest living structure and home to thousands of marine life species, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is deservedly a pinnacle for divers around the world.

There are those who spend their life dreaming of diving this reef, and then there are the many lucky PADI Instructors who get to live the dream every day, exploring reefs and having incredible marine life encounters.

Below are 15 Great Barrier Reef photos from PADI Dive Centres and Instructors. Enjoy!

Two divers descend the line in this amazing split-shot from Deep Sea Divers Den.

Diving with Deep Sea Divers Den, Cairns - Great Barrier Reef

Photographed by Down Under Dive, this clam and coral combination boasts some amazing colour.

Down Under Dive - Great Barrier Reef

Who doesn’t love a turtle? There are plenty of opportunities to find them swimming between the reefs – or blocking sunshine – with Blue Dive, Port Douglas.

Blue Dive Port Douglas - Great Barrier Reef

Adam Stern, PADI AmbassaDiver, and his friend were freediving around the Great Barrier Reef one day when, to their surprise – WHALE SHARK!

Adam Stern PADI Freediver - Great Barrier Reef

You can’t deny the beauty of a lionfish, especially when surrounded by vibrant coral! Just another day out with Pro Dive Cairns.

Pro Dive Cairns - Great Barrier Reef

Even the surface intervals sights are amazing at the Great Barrier Reef – with Cairns Dive Centre.

Cairns Dive Centre - Great Barrier Reef

If the reef and its marine life wasn’t enough to engage your senses, Australia will even throw in a beautiful sunset for you. Photo by PADI Instructor, Tom Whittle.

Tom Whittle - Great Barrier Reef

Yongala Dive have many incredible marine life encounters at the famous SS Yongala wreck. This marble ray is just one of many different rays to visit.

Yongala Dive - Great Barrier Reef

Adrenalin Dive have great dives off the coast of Townsville. This is the Lodestone Reef, courtesy of Achim Wetz Photography, Underwater & Landscape Photographer.

Achim Wetz Photography - Great Barrier Reef

Commonly found in shallow waters, clown fish and sea anemone are among the most popular species in the reef. Deep Sea Divers Den are obviously a fan too!

Deep Sea Divers Den - Great Barrier Reef

Minke whale expeditions are quite popular in the Great Barrier Reef with sightings often occurring in Australia’s winter. Photo by PADI Instructor, Tim Irvin.

Tim Irvin - Great Barrier Reef

The whitetip reef shark is one of the most common shark species found in the reef. Deep Sea Divers Den photographed this beauty passing by on a recent dive.

Deep Sea Divers Den - Great Barrier Reef

Clown fish and sea anemone are so photogenic, we had to include them twice!

Deep Sea Divers Den - Great Barrier Reef

A blacktip reef shark cruises by PADI Instructor, Tim Irvin in shallow waters.

Tim Irvin - Great Barrier Reef

Dive the Great Barrier Reef and you may hear of Wally the Wrasse. Remote Area Dive are long time friends!

Wally the Wrasse - Great Barrier Reef

More information on diving here can be found in our Great Barrier Reef Vacation Spotlight

For diving packages, pricing and schedules contact a PADI Dive Centre in the area.