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Airlie Beach and the Reef

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Airlie Beach and the Reef

Okay I am embarrassed to ask a dopey question. I am swinging through Airlie Beach on a world wind tour from the US. I'll get there in morning on Tuesday, and was planning on leaving on Friday.

So dopey question -- are the Whitsundays Islands on the Great Barrier Reef? Everyone says I need to go see the GBR, and I was wondering if the islands are it, or I need to take a boat out further to go see it?

My plan was to take the Whitehaven Express one day to see Whitehaven and islands. No idea for second day. A boat to the reef?



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1. Re: Airlie Beach and the Reef

Okay, so post more research, I think the islands are near the reef, and you can see some cool fish and stuff around the islands, but to see the reef proper you need to go out further then the islands?

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2. Re: Airlie Beach and the Reef

Yes right, you need to go further out, Google map is good, select the satellite setting and you can see the reef.

Also true there is still amazing amount fish, coral etc though the visibility is usually lower and not hard corals like the outer reef (as we call it).

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3. Re: Airlie Beach and the Reef

Hi J, Yes the Whitsunday Islands are apart of The Great Barrier Reef (same as Green Island off Ciarns), that is why you get charged an eviromental managment fee by GRMPA (who look after the reef) everytime you go out. What everyone gets confused with is the fringing reef (around the islands) and the platform reef (outer reef in the middle of the ocean). So yes you will experience the GBR on a daytrip around the islands.

You can see on the following map the Great Barrier Reef:


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