Cyclones and diving on the reef, what’s the impact?

The Great Barrier Reef has evolved with tropical cyclones over thousands of years. A tropical cyclone is a severe weather system with high winds and rainfall. Its severity varies. Tropical cyclones can impact much of Queensland’s coastline, but are mostly experienced in the north, anywhere from Cape York Peninsula down to Mackay, during the summer months (DecemberFebruary). Their impact on the reef varies, pending their intensity. There may be some coral damage, although the marine life is still present and can be seen by divers. As it is a natural process, the reef does recover from the impact of cyclonic events. Cyclones are closely monitored by dive operators, who adjust their operations to suit conditions. Generally, cyclones will only impact dive operations for a few days each year during summer. Of course the weather is variable and can not be predicted: for more information at the time of your visit, please contact Cairns Dive Adventures.

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Richard

An avid scuba diver based in Cairns Australia. Enjoys liveaboards and day boat diving from both Cairns and Port Douglas.
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