What it is like diving the Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef

I hope you all had a lovely Labor Day Weekend readers in the U S of A!

Today, I continue my journey on the Spirit of Freedom on the Great Barrier Reef! Our dive spots were the Ribbon Reefs at the far northern edge of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching for 50 miles along the continental shelf! These are famous dive sites for any level diver. The best time to dive this area is during the dry season, May to November. October through May is known as “the wet”. Water temps were around 78 degrees Farenheit, very comfortable yet still refreshing. During June/July you may see Dwarf Minke Whales! But that is for another post! For now, enjoy these awesome creatures from the Ribbon Reefs.

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Islands and sea mounts dot the ocean

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great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

Beautiful Spade Fish

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

A beautiful Giant Moray Eel

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

A teeny tiny little Pipefish!

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

These pufferfish were huge, and the sea cucumbers crazy looking!

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

Beautiful Surgeonfish

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

Hanging out on the anchor line

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

Gorgeous Parrotfish

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

A gorgeous skunk anemonefish…they are my favorites among the anemonefish

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

How I love anemone!

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

Feather stars! They look like a fire burning.

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

Triggers can be a little aggressive if they are laying eggs!

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

another huge, bizarre sea cucumber!

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

I’m not sure what kind of eel this is, but she is a beauty!

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

These nudibranchs are so small, and so abundant!

great barrier reef, ribbon reefs, scuba diving

This nudi is a real beauty! check out her head on the left!

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I just love these little things!

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shoals and shoals!

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life!
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  1. Again I am blown away by your photos and so wishing I could be with you on this amazing dives. You are able to get so close to the life, and you said in another reply to my comment, without a close-up lens! Amazing! Seeing your dive pix in other parts of the world makes me want to dive in places beyond the Caribbean, although the distance and expense is significantly more. Have you dived in Fiji? I was able to do several dives while there and would love to go back.
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  2. Roz Warren says:

    Always LOVE your photos. Relaxing and mesmerizing at the same time.

  3. This is as close as I’ll ever get to it, and it’s spectacular. Your love of diving shows through every image.

  4. What gorgeous underwater photography!

  5. Your photos are amazing. I can only imagine (well, kinda…) how it must feel to be seeing such beauty in person!

  6. I always love your pictures and what an exciting trip. You must be having a fabulous time.
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  7. Leanne says:

    Gorgeous photos as always Tam – I live in Australia and have never been to the Great Barrier Reef – I think it’s on my bucket list!

  8. I went snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and your photos are even better than what I saw! Gorgeous!
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  9. Spectacular and stunning! I so love your posts as you share a whole new world I will surely never have the opportunity to see (because I’m a big ol’ chicken). Love the teeny tiny pipe fish. And ALL the wonders you photographed. Thank you for sharing!
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  10. Sue says:

    Gorgeous images Tam. I live in Brisbane, Australia so am very proud of the beauty of our Great Barrier Reef. Thanks for promoting it and showing how beautiful it is. Your photography certainly does the reef justice. Hope you visit Australia again.

  11. Estelle says:

    Your pictures are so stunning. I treasure my trip to the Great Barrier Reef back in 2006. It was magnificent. Australia is such a beautiful country–my husband’s parents and brothers and their families live there.

  12. barbara free says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful photo’s. Again, Nat Geo worthy ! What an amazing adventure you have been having. Love it all.

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