The Coral of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is known across the world for its incredible coral formations. While you sail the Whitsundays, you can discover the magic of this unique ecosystem on a purpose built catamaran.

Hop on board a Wings tour and the expert crew will take you to some of the best locations in the Great Barrier Reef. As you sail the Whitsundays you will discover coral formations including hard and soft corals, as well as the amazing wildlife that thrive thanks to them, from thousands of fish species, to turtles and Dugongs.

Hard corals are the building blocks of the Great Barrier Reef. There can be thousands to millions of individual hard coral polyps making up a coral colony. The most common hard corals you might see when you sail the Whitsundays are brain coral and staghorn coral.

Unlike hard coral, soft corals are flexible and are often mistaken as plants. Soft corals feel like jelly fish and sway with the tides of the sea. Soft corals might be eaten by some species of fish, but for protection they produce chemicals making them distasteful and sometimes poisonous to other animals.

Boulder corals are probably the oldest corals in the Great Barrier Reef that you might see while sailing the Whitsundays. These corals can live up to a thousand years. The Great Barrier Reef is a vibrant eco system, but it and its corals are under threat. However there’s still time to visit this beautiful area.

Wings tours offers 2 day 2 night tours that offer the opportunity to sail the Whitsundays and snorkel in some of the best sites in the Great Barrier Reef. Not only will you visit the iconic Whitehaven Beach, but you will also dive amongst the corals of the reef which has been named one of the natural wonders of the world. The knowledgeable crew will take photos of your dives, and at night you can relax on deck for a slide show to look back on the incredible sights of your day, including the corals of the Great Barrier Reef.