Imagine the perfect beach side vacation, where the gentle lull of the waves lapping against bronze beaches will drown out the humdrum worries of reality, the golden rays of sun and the gentle sea breeze will awaken your senses to the wonders of nature and the irresistible waters will draw you into its depths to explore a whole new world full of vivid vibrant sea life. This is exactly what awaits you if you plan your much awaited vacation to the Great Barrier Reef; one of the most sought after holiday destination that is also secured among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Situated in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is considered to be home to the largest coral reef that extends longer than the Great Wall of China rendering it the only natural, living structure visible from outer space. Those who reside in luxury boutique hotels and resorts such as the Silver Needle Hotels will be treated not only to the ultimate relaxing experience with superior services but have the opportunity to explore the many exhilarating attractions that the Great Barrier Reef have to offer.
With over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays, it is safely assumed to be the sole destination to explore the largest collection of marine life ranging from humpback whales, migrating from the Antarctic to dolphins, rays and even several endangered species including the Dugong (Sea Cow) and large Green Sea Turtle. The guests can opt for either a leisurely stroll along the beaches drinking in the sight of the natural beauty visible above the waters, or go for a dive beneath the turquoise waters to explore the beauty beneath. The water based activities for the adventurous guests include, snorkeling, scuba diving, bare boats (self-sail), glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles, cruise ship tours, whale watching and swimming with dolphins. A far more glorious view of the reefs can be attained from above by embarking on aircraft or helicopter tours arranged courtesy of the local tour authorities.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.