Coral Sea ~ Osprey Reef Diving
Australia's Coral Sea Reefs
Beyond the continental shelf that harbours the Great Barrier Reef, lie the isolated reef systems and crystal-clear waters of Australia’s Coral Sea. The region covers over 1 million square kilometres – three times the size of the neighbouring Great Barrier Reef – and is scattered with spectacular coral reefs, in an undersea world of ancient mountains, rising thousands of metres from the ocean floor.
In this oceanic wilderness, where human influence is relatively insignificant, pelagic fish populations abound including grey whalers and white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, tuna, barracuda, big eye trevally, mackerel and manta rays. Rare sea creatures such as the nautilus and lacey scorpionfish inhabit these waters, alongside an incredibly diverse range of corals, including massive soft corals and gorgonian fans far from land.
With the sea floor far below, the Coral Sea is also known for its clear blue waters and underwater visibility, which ranges between 30 and 100 metres.