historians, the mention of the Coral Sea conjures up images of the
numerous, horrific battles of World War II. To marine biologists,
the Coral Sea is synonymous with the concept of bio-diversity, and
to traveling scuba divers, the region is everything one could hope
for. There are primitive cultures, stunning landscapes and unlimited
underwater exploration in the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea
and on Australias Great Barrier Reef, which borders the western
edge of the Coral Sea.
dive sites associated with the 992 islands that make up the Solomon
Islands can be explored via live-aboard or from shore-based resorts
in Munda and Gizo. Color abounds, as soft corals, sea fans and crinoids
galore adorn almost every reef. Face the walls to discover everything
from inch-long rainbow colored nudibranchs to endemic tropical fishes.
Look up, and you can see a Gray Reef Shark or Silvertip cruising
nearby. Turn away and face the blue, and you enjoy a parade of pelagics.
you want primitive, wild and pristine, dive Papua New Guinea. A
trip to the highlands in the nations interior is a look back
in time at extraordinary cultures and traditional ways of life.
Neptunes realm offers the world of bizarre creatures: muck
diving in Milne Bay off the island of New Britain, high voltage
encounters with Silvertip Sharks at Kavieng, and exquisite reefs
in Madaang, at Walindi, Hoskins and Raboul.
1,250 miles long and as many as 150 miles wide in some places, and
so large that it can be seen from space, Australias Great
Barrier Reef is home to more than 2,000 species of fishes and 4,000
types of invertebrates. From shallow reefs to sheer walls, from
Manta Rays, turtles and sharks to Cod Hole at Ribbon Reef number
10 to the variety of Heron Island, the Great Barrier Reef offers
color, adventure, beauty and intrigue.
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