Great Barrier Reef ~ Ribbon Reef Diving
About the Ribbon Reefs
To the north of Cairns and Port Douglas, and finishing to the east of Lizard Island lies a 120km ‘string’ of 10 individual coral reefs, collectively called the ‘Ribbon Reefs’. Well beyond the reach of day trip boats, the Ribbon Reefs’ remote location and Green ‘No Take’ zoning makes them home to some of the best dive sites in the entire Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Fringing the edge of the continental shelf, this stretch of the Great Barrier Reef is only accessible by a few liveaboard dive companies. Due to their relatively isolated location, these reefs support a huge range of biodiversity, from the giant clam with its violet fluorescent interior, to the vividly red flame file shell and the elusive leaf scorpionfish.
Reef formations include beds of huge plate corals, isolated pinnacles crowned in delicate corals and anemones, walls, channels, caves, canyons and shallow coral gardens.
About the Cod Hole
At the very top of the Ribbon Reefs lies the famous Cod Hole, home to a family of resident potato cod (grouper). Like large docile puppy dogs, these magnificent fish are easily approachable and appear ever-eager to pose for the camera. The best diving on the Ribbon Reefs is generally at a depth of less than 20 metres. Warm, sheltered waters and usually little current, make the Ribbon Reefs a great dive destination for divers of any experience level, while the diversity of marine and macro life provides endless subject matter for photo enthusiasts.