Diving the Great Barrier Reef | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

Diving the Great Barrier Reef | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

The Great Barrier Reef. It’s
probably the most famous reef
in the world, and the largest. It’s not just visible from the
air, but from space. Hi, I’m Jonathan Bird and
welcome to my world! (♪ music ) You know, it’s hard to believe
I’ve been diving for over
twenty years, and I’ve never seen the Great Barrier Reef in
Australia, but today I’ve made
it all the way to Cairns, and I’m going to get my chance. Cairns is a city in Queensland,
the northeast state of
Australia. The Great Barrier
Reef runs 1600 miles along the coast
of Queensland. It’s made up of millions of
interconnected coral heads,
forming the world’s largest living structure made by living
organisms! To see the whole thing, you
need to get pretty high up.
This satellite image was made
from 400 miles above the ocean. You
can see the reef just offshore. For my first encounter on the
Great Barrier Reef, I’ll be
making the trip out on a big catamaran operated by Sunlover
Cruises. The crew unties the boat and I
enjoy the scenery as we head
offshore. Ninety minutes later, I arrive
at the Sunlover pontoon. I have
never seen a dive operation like this before. The boat is
huge, but we don’t dive from
the boat. Instead we dock at this massive pontoon—sort of
like a floating dive shop—and
spend the day right next to the reef in a protected spot.
Pure luxury! Time to check out the
facilities! You don’t have to be a scuba
diver to enjoy the Great
Barrier Reef. The Reef is so
shallow, you can snorkel! A lot of people who don’t dive
love to come out and get a
first hand look at the reef here. The water is clear and
it’s not too deep. But even people who don’t like
to get wet can see the reef. On
a submarine! Well, tell you what – this is
the easy way to see the
underwater world right here.
Just relax, sit back, have a drink,
and watch the fish go by. And for a diving experience
unlike any other, anyone can
try the Sea Walker experience. All you need is a 40 pound
helmet! I walk down the stairs
into the water and the staff outfits me with the strangest
piece of dive gear I have ever
used. With no fins on, I just walk out to a massive
school of fish. My hair doesn’t
even get wet! This is incredible! They’ve got
about a thousand fish around
here. I feel like Doctor Sylvia Earle – deep sea diver.
This is a very different way to
go scuba diving, and this just goes to show you if
you don’t want to wear a mask,
don’t want to wear a regulator, and maybe you
can’t even swim that well, you
can do this! It’s just like walking. You know I’ve had a lot of
experiences underwater, and
this is definitely one of the
most unique! To demonstrate how this helmet
works, I have an ordinary water
glass, which obviously is full of water, but if I turn it
upside down, I can fill it with
air. (Fills it with air) And now you can see that it
keeps the air in, but if you
turn it right side up – so we don’t want to turn this
right side up. I pose for a picture, because
you never know when you’re
going to get to do this again! Next I meet Vance Fahey who
will be my divemaster for a
scuba dive on the reef today. JONATHAN: Oh, I can’t wait.
Let’s get suited up. VANCE: Get right into it. JONATHAN: All right. (♪ music ) Well, let’s do it. Not only do I have a nice easy
staircase to walk right down
into the water, but a platform for putting on my fins. I can
get used to this! On the platform is a group of
new divers getting their first
taste of the underwater world. At last I head out onto the
reef to explore. I see many types of hard
corals, beautiful pastel
colored soft corals, and lots
of fan corals. Near the reef, I find one of
the largest Giant Clams I have
ever seen. I can’t imagine how much this clam must weigh. The mantle gets its bright
colors from imbedded symbiotic algae that harvest
the sun’s rays for energy. I find a huge crack in the reef
and have a little fun swimming
through it. On the other end, I’m greeted
by a sea turtle. She comes right over. There are
lots of divers around this reef
and this turtle knows that the divers won’t hurt her. Once she has decided that I’m
not doing anything terribly
interesting, she goes back to
looking for her favorite sponges to eat. I turn and head back towards
the platform across the shallow
reef. At the platform I’m greeted by
a friendly Mauri Wrasse. This
monster of a fish reaches both the length and the weight
of a motorcycle. I’m just glad
they prefer to eat crustaceans and mollusks–not divers! I think I’ve made a new friend! Unfortunately, I’m low on air
and it’s time to head back to
my habitat up above. As we head back to the dock I
reflect on a fun-filled day.
It’s amazing how many things I did in one day on the reef! Well, I finally did it. I got
to see the Great Barrier Reef,
and I discovered that, of all the reefs I’ve visited, and let
me tell you, that’s a lot of
reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is probably the most
accessible for everybody, from
certified divers all the way to
people that don’t even like to swim.
There’s something for every age
and experience level out here on the Barrier Reef. (♪ music )

100 thoughts on “Diving the Great Barrier Reef | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. The view is fantastic.I love diving.Thank you Jonathan to show us such beatiful place.I'll put it into my diving list!

  2. Ok srsly get him to 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 subs oh and you should try find that other 95 precent of the ocean and see if you can find a megalodon

  3. I saw all of your videos, i just couldn't stop, they are awesome. I am an PADI instructor and discovering scuba diving in asia. i got some great ideas about where to go diving next. I myself do underwater videography and watching your videos i learn a lot and will. thank you so much for sharing your work and pation.

  4. I have never seen this amazing and terrific channel this channel deserves to have more than 10000000 subscribers
    +sorry for my poor eng. eng is not my mothertongue.. 😭

  5. I think this place is unbelievable. I have a request. I would love to see one of your dives in full and see everything you see in an hour. Often when you do the reefs there is so much to see and I long to see more. Just about the time I start really relaxing watching all the amazing things there are you say your getting low on O2 and have to head back. I would love a full hour of you diving the reef along with commentary

  6. Got few minutes to spare so managed to watch this video…would love to do this one day but at what cost?….time to save up!

  7. Go to the second largest at belize plz I live there plzplzplzplzplz reply to my comment I'm not lying we can met up and go snorkeling

  8. Nothing compared to my lovely Belize where the barrier reef is d second largest in the world and is superb to dive there😍😍


    My family snorkeled. We didn’t see these helmets until after we got back.

  10. i live in australia and love scuba diving and snorkiling

    now people are growing and montering coral


  11. Been to the Reef twice, I have to say in July 2013 it looked even more alive than when I went in Dec 2016… Quite sad about it.

  12. Such a beautiful place, & so sad what it's suffered from, but hopefully all this new stuff like coral farms will bring some much-needed life back!!! Still, great place, great sea-life (shame there were no sharkies but hey you can't win them all), & so many great ways to see it!!!

  13. Why is the guy at 5:47 breathing from the secondary regulator? And why is his primary regulator entangled with his first stage? Is that some kind of exercise?

  14. I want to visit the Great Barrier Reef diving spot some day. Thank you for sharing this with us Jonathan!

  15. very professional video.. it seems like i am watching a video or a movie from a Hollywood .. keep it up sir.. very very good video and well set up… 🙂

  16. I was 10 yo when I first watched this. I’m back because I am going to Australia soon and want to check this video out again! LOVE YOUR VIDEO SO MUCH!!!!! IVE BEEN WATCHING SINCE LIKE 2014? I love watching these videos so much

  17. Another comment…. wow! That is some gray coral. Like for real that is so colorless! What are we doing to our reefs >:C

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