It’s been described as “sex on the reef”! That’s the annual phenomenon of Coral Spawning on the Great Barrier Reef.
This simultaneous mass spawning of corals was first scientifically observed in 1981 by several marine biologists and it’s Mother Nature’s way of maintaining a consistently robust coral gene pool. Predicting when this will occur is not an exact science but does rely on several environmental cues. The ocean temperature needs to be 26 degrees celcius or above for the month before for the gametes to mature. Secondly, they will generally reproduce 4 to 6 nights after the full moon in November or December when there is little tidal movement. Thirdly, it will generally be about 2-3 hours after the sun sets, because it’s nice and romantic! But more importantly most of the plankton feeders will be asleep, giving the eggs more time to settle to the relative safety of the reef.
Depending on sea temperatures, the following dates are predicted for 2017 coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef: 8, 9, 10 November 2017 or 7, 8, 9 December 2017
Due to the contributing factors, it is often difficult to predict the exact dates when this will occur but it generally happens between November and December.
If you would like to experience this amazing natural event, then a liveaboard dive trip provides you with more night dives. Our 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Dive Trip gives you the opportunity to do two night dives.
Please contact us for more information on dates and availability.
Diving On The Great Barrier Reef
Learning to dive on the Great Barrier Reef could not be more accessible than it is from Cairns. The city is home to many great adventure activities but it is known as the "learn to dive" capital of the 'world' with the Great Barrier Reef right on the door step.
Here at Prodive Cairns we offer both 4 Day Learn to Dive and 5 Day Learn to Dive Courses. The 5 Day Learn to Dive Course is the most popular because you get more diving including your very first night dive along with two nights accommodation onboard one of our premium liveaboard dive vessels.
Already Certified! Then take the time to really enjoy the reef in a more relaxed environment on our 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Dive Trip. The amount of diving and snorkelling you'll get to do as well as the opportunity to do night dives combined with 2 nights accommodation makes this live aboard adventure unmatched for experience and value.
So if you want to learn to dive, continue your dive education, or just enjoy some great diving on the Great Barrier Reef Pro Dive Cairns really is "Simply the Best".