Scuba Diving in Osprey Reef

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Sunday, 07 December 2008 21:14

Diving in Australia is one of the adventures of a lifetime for many serious scuba divers.  This is due in no small part to the wealth of fish and coral species that can be seen here and the spectacle truly is like nothing else on earth.  Osprey Reef is one of these fabulous places that allow divers to get an up close and personal look at some of the wonders of nature.  And, what better way to be at one with nature then to sit almost twenty metres below the surface of the water and watch a shark feed?  This is a site that you will not forget in a hurry and it is something that everyone should experience at least one time in their lives.  There are a variety of sharks in the area as well and these include white tips, hammerheads, blue sharks, leopard sharks, thresher sharks, grey sharks and last but not least, silver tips.

Osprey Reef is considered as a remote ocean reef that is of a freestanding nature, and it is most closely located near Cairns in Queensland.  In order to swim the Osprey Reef you are probably going to need to book a more long term expedition through a reputable diving company.  The reason for this is the fact that it is so far out into the ocean that it is not something that can be easily enjoyed on a single day trip.  However, the good news is that some of these expeditions offer people the chance to get up close and personal with the sharks with some of them even allowing divers to watch as sharks are captured and tagged for environmental study. This means that the diver can get in even closer contact with these amazing creatures, some of natures finest specimens.

This remote coral reef is one that is under constant supervision by marine scientists because they are worried about external influences on the oceanic habitat and they are keen to maintain everything as close as possible to how nature intended.  It is because of these preservation techniques that the area remains one of the most interesting and heavily populated reef sites in Australia, meaning divers can visit the reef all year round with the expectation of seeing a variety of shark species.  This water wonderland even has a time corridor during June and July where dwarf minke whales pass through, giving divers an even more amazing experience as they can experience the thrill of a swim close to these majestic creatures.

 

Best Time of Year to Dive in Osprey Reef

Osprey Reef is located in a sub tropical area so temperatures are more or less constant all year long.  This means there are no real diving restrictions in the area and you can visit anytime during the year with little or no problems.  However, the dwarf minke whale migration is only possible to see during the months of June and July.  The low season for this diving location is from January to May, so if you want to try and get on an expedition to Osprey Reef without too many tourists, then this might be the perfect time to do so.

 

Best Time of Year to Dive in Osprey Reef

Osprey Reef is located in a sub tropical area so temperatures are more or less constant all year long.  This means there are no real diving restrictions in the area and you can visit anytime during the year with little or no problems.  However, the dwarf minke whale migration is only possible to see during the months of June and July.  The low season for this diving location is from January to May, so if you want to try and get on an expedition to Osprey Reef without too many tourists, then this might be the perfect time to do so.


Types of Marine Life in Osprey Reef

The abundance of sharks in the area is the one thing that Osprey Reef is most well known for.  Some of the ones you are likely to see include  white tips, hammerheads, reef sharks, blue sharks, leopard sharks, thresher sharks, grey sharks and silvertips.  However, you can also see giant potato cod, octopus, three-spot darts, dogtooth tuna, rainbow runners, mackerel, shrimp, crabs, pleurobranch, moray eels and, as mentioned above, the migrating dwarf minke whales.

 

Osprey Reef Diving Fact Sheet


Average Air Temperature:              28°C – 35°C

Average Water Temperature:         23°C – 31°C

Recommended Exposure Protection:  You will need to wear a 3mm – 7mm wetsuit when diving at Osprey Reef.

Average Visibility:  Fifteen to forty metres.

Coldest Times:           June to August

Hottest Times: 
           October to May

Best Times to Dive:  Osprey Reef has a tropical climate therefore you do not have to worry about planning your trip on a specific time scale unless there is some underwater migration action that you want to be sure you see.  Otherwise, there are dives going out to the reef all year long and booking one should not be a problem at all.  There are sharks at Osprey Reef all year round, so you don’t have to worry about visiting at a certain time in order to see them; nevertheless, if you want to swim with the dwarf whales then you will need to come from June to July.  The low time for this spot is from January to May, so if you are trying to avoid heavy congestion this is something to take into consideration when booking your diving holiday.  Also, some of the expeditions are likely to offer better deals at this time of year because they are not getting as much interest from divers.

Worst Times to Dive:  There really isn’t any bad time to dive at this location because of weather conditions.  However, if you want to try and avoid the crowds, then you might consider going during a time of the year when the tourist traffic isn’t as heavy.
 
 

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