he epic Fitness Travel Adventure experience to Australia includes a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef and one of the World’s Natural Wonders, stretches for over 2,300 kilometres. It comprises hundreds of picturesque tropical islands and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
According to UK Natural History Museum expert Dr Ken Johnson:
Coral reefs are not simply beautiful environments; they provide food, income and storm protection for many millions of people around the world.
oral reefs have become increasingly under threat due to the expansion of industrial fishing fleets which have expanded in recent years depleting the stocks of fish. The increase in human population in the many tropical islands surrounded by reefs has also contributed to the problem of over-fishing. Fish are important part of the eco-system as far as the coral reef is concerned. The reefs rely on herbivorous fish to eat the algae population: if algae are not checked they deprive the coral of sunlight, nutrients and space. As the algae spread, so they kill the coral.
o preserve fish stocks, about a third of the Great Barrier Reef is off limits to any kind of fishing. A long term eco-study has discovered that as a result of creating these protected zones, fish stocks are higher now than they have been at any time since the arrival of Europeans in the early 17th century leading. Coral trout which is popular with fishermen grow larger and more robust in the protected areas and spawn more offspring, thus maintaining the delicate relationship between species, according to the research conducted by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims). In case you are wondering, tourism in and around the Great Barrier Reef is managed to make it ecologically sustainable and a daily fee is levied which goes towards further research.
s part of the Fitness Adventure Travel experience you will spend a day cruising the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef around the Whitsunday Islands. The following day you will have the opportunity to snorkel among the myriad of colourful fish in the coral gardens before enjoying a lunch of fresh seafood and local salad on a deserted beach. From the summit of Whitsunday Peak you will get one of the most panoramic views on the Great Barrier Reef.
s you can imagine viewing the reef is a wonderful experience – just do it!