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Ribbon Reef

Ribbon Reef is a long, narrow chain of coral reefs located off the northeastern coast of Australia in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is made up of nine distinct reefs, each with its own unique characteristics. The Ribbon Reefs are known for their spectacular coral formations, colorful marine life, and crystal-clear waters.

The Ribbon Reefs are located in the Coral Sea, about 70 kilometers northeast of Cairns. The chain of reefs stretches for over 200 km, making it one of the longest coral reef systems in the world. The Ribbon Reefs are part of the larger Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef system in the world.

The Ribbon Reefs are home to a variety of marine life, including sea turtles, dolphins, and more than 1,500 species of fish. The reefs are also home to many different types of coral, including staghorn coral, plate coral, and brain coral.

The Ribbon Reefs have a long and fascinating history. The area was first discovered by the British explorer James Cook in 1770. In the late 19th century, the area was used for pearling and fishing. It was also the site of one of the most famous battles of World War II, when the Australian and American navies fought off a Japanese invasion in 1942.

Today, the Ribbon Reefs are a popular tourist destination. Visitors can take glass-bottom boat tours, snorkel and dive in the clear waters, and explore the fascinating coral formations. The Ribbon Reefs are also an important part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and are protected by the Australian government.

Excursion tips for a day in Ribbon Reef

As a tourist in Ribbon Reef, Australia, there are plenty of exciting activities to do in a single day. Here are some of the best options:

1. Enjoy a snorkeling or diving excursion to explore the marine life and coral reefs.
2. Take a boat tour to spot dolphins, turtles, and other sea creatures.
3. Visit the nearby Lady Elliot Island to take in the stunning scenery.
4. Visit the Ribbon Reefs National Park and explore the tropical rainforest.
5. Relax on the beach and soak up the sun.
6. Go fishing and try your luck at catching a variety of fish.
7. Try your hand at kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.
8. Take a scenic helicopter tour and get a bird’s-eye view of the area.
9. Visit the local markets and shops to find unique souvenirs.
10. Enjoy a variety of delicious seafood dishes at the local restaurants.

Experience Ribbon Reef with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Ribbon Reef. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Ribbon Reef

Ribbon Reef in Australia has a tropical climate with hot and humid summers, mild and humid winters, and two distinct wet seasons. Summer temperatures range from 24°C to 33°C, while winter temperatures range from 17°C to 24°C. The wet season occurs in late summer and early autumn, with heavy rainfall and occasional cyclones. The dry season occurs in late winter and early spring, with much less rainfall and cooler temperatures. The average annual rainfall is around 1500 mm.

Cruise weather for Ribbon Reef

Our weather forecast for Ribbon Reef helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 23.3 °C
min: 22.7 °C
41.0 m/s
42.8 m/s
24.5 %
24.1 m
62.8 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 23 °C
45.0 m/s
46.1 m/s
60.2 %
24.0 m
67.9 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 23.2 °C
45.0 m/s
47.5 m/s
86.3 %
23.7 m
74.9 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 23.6 °C
43.2 m/s
45.0 m/s
90.6 %
24.1 m
78.4 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.3 °C
min: 24.1 °C
38.6 m/s
42.5 m/s
78.4 %
24.1 m
78.9 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 24 °C
33.1 m/s
36.7 m/s
18.7 %
24.1 m
76.0 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 24.5 °C
min: 23.9 °C
35.5 m/s
42.5 m/s
86.6 %
24.1 m
73.7 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 23.9 °C
39.6 m/s
45.0 m/s
66.4 %
24.1 m
73.4 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 24.3 °C
min: 23.9 °C
37.3 m/s
42.8 m/s
58.4 %
24.1 m
72.6 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 23.8 °C
min: 23.5 °C
34.3 m/s
36.2 m/s
45.2 %
24.1 m
68.7 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 23.5 °C
36.4 m/s
40.1 m/s
0.9 %
24.1 m
64.1 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 23.4 °C
min: 22.8 °C
38.9 m/s
42.5 m/s
64.8 %
24.1 m
62.5 %
1,016 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 23.2 °C
min: 22.4 °C
33.7 m/s
36.7 m/s
76.8 %
24.1 m
64.8 %
1,015 hPa

Cruises to Ribbon Reef

Would you like to travel to Ribbon Reef on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Ribbon Reef.

Scheduled ship calls in Ribbon Reef, Australia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 25th 2024 Monday, 25th of Nov. 2024 MS Westerdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 19th 2025 Sunday, 19th of Jan. 2025 MS Noordam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Feb. 2025 MS Zuiderdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 10th 2026 Tuesday, 10th of Feb. 2026 MS Zaandam 12:00 am 12:00 am

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