Why should you visit the Whitsundays during the Wet Season?
Wet Season or the Green Season as we like to call it is a special time of year in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. But with a name like Wet Season, it gets a bit of a bad rap! While a bit of rain might put some people off, we have plenty of reasons […]
12.12.22 – Starry Pufferfish
The Starry Pufferfish (Arothron stellatus) is a very large pufferfish which grows up to 120 cm (47 in) in length. This week our team was lucky enough to encounter this beautiful fish on one of our Reef Protection Days. Its body is oval-shaped, spherical and relatively elongated. The skin is not covered with scales but is prickly. The fins on the […]
24.11.22 – Bamboo Shark
A Rare Sighting! This week on our Southern Lights tour, Eco-Host Heath and his guests got to hang out with this usually elusive Whitsunday resident! Unlike more well-known sharks, the bamboo shark is a small, slow-moving bottom dweller. Their common name is “longtail carpet shark,” and for a good reason. They have extremely long tails […]
Eye on the Reef
Eye on the Reef is Ocean Rafting’s longest running environmental initiative with our initial engagement in this project starting in 2007. Here at Ocean Rafting, we are proud to hold the Advanced Ecotourism Certification as well as being entered in the Ecotourism Hall of Fame for being certified for over 20 years, one of only […]
What is Coral?
What is coral? Is it an animal, plant or rock? To the naked eye, it is a bit tricky to tell! But the answer is actually all 3! With over 600 species of coral found on the Great Barrier Reef, a basic understanding of what you are looking at, really helps you appreciate the beauty […]
Maori Wrasse – The Friendliest Fish on the Reef
The Great 8 The Great 8 are the Great Barrier Reef’s living icons. The creatures we all want to see! Ranging from reptile to mammals, from little to large, the Great 8 wish list reflects the outstanding diversity of the reef. Have you always wanted to swim with a Maori Wrasse, or see the magnificent […]