Dive Site: Ribbon Reef 9 Great Barrier Reef

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Site Overview

Site Type: Outer Reef
Depth: Top: 1MMedian: 5MBottom: 9M
Location: On a patch of reef just north of Ribbon Reef 9 on the Great Barrier Reef

Description

The actual dive site we dived on the day was the small Patch Reef closest to the northern point of Ribbon Reef 9. It was dotted with colourful coral bommies stacked with large hard branching corals and large soft leather corals – almost all out in full bloom. The reef was home to lots of Juveniles and there were anthias and scissortails swarming above the bommie tops.

Anthias and leather corals at Coral Expeditions dive site diving Ribbon Reef 9 Great Barrier Reef Queensland by Diveplanit

Down in the pocillopora, the Humbugs and ‘Dory’s were bobbing up and down.

Dory and Humbugs at Coral Expeditions dive site diving Ribbon Reef 9 Great Barrier Reef Queensland by Diveplanit

There were plenty of small anemones home to usually just a couple of clownfish.

Spinecheek pair at Coral Expeditions dive site diving Ribbon Reef 9 Great Barrier Reef Queensland by Diveplanit

The variety and condition of the coral was impressive.

Variety of corals at Coral Expeditions dive site diving Ribbon Reef 9 Great Barrier Reef Queensland by Diveplanit

The site was so good, we hopped in for a snorkel afterwards and the reef top was awash with parrotfish.

Parrot pair at Coral Expeditions snorkelling diving Ribbon Reef 9 Great Barrier Reef Queensland by Diveplanit