Weather

22°C Humidity: 75% Wind: 14km/h

Distance

Cairns 2hrs Boat

Breaking Patches is a shallow patch of reef just west of Michaelmas Cay. It is located about 42km Northeast of Cairns.

The World Underwater

This beautiful coral garden sits in less than 14m of water. It is therefore a great location for duck diving. The shallow nature of the Breaking Patches means it is the perfect habitat for soft corals. You will see plenty of these fleshy corals swaying with the motion of the ocean as you snorkel.  Be on the lookout for spaghetti coral, elephant ear coral and leather mushroom corals.

There are plenty of hard corals at Breaking Patches as well. One of the most common corals you will see is the giant boulder coral. These corals are a favourite of some of them spot Christmas tree worms. A favourite amongst underwater photographers, these little invertebrates have Christmas tree-shaped arms that they use to catch food passing by in the water column.

There are also plenty of sandy patches along the bottom, which are a great place to look for sleeping reef sharks and little lagoon rays. Read on to see what else you’re likely to see at Breaking Patches reef:

Common species seen at Breaking Patches

    • Giant Clams
    • Butterflyfish
    • Parrotfish
    • Blue-spot lagoon ray
    • White-tip reef sharks
    • Sea cucumbers
    • Hydroids
    • Angelfish
    • Spaghetti coral
    • Elephant ear coral
    • Boulder coral
    • Christmas tree worms

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Current Weather in Breaking Patches

22°C
Mostly Sunny
Humidity
75%
Humidity
Wind Direction: 135 degrees
14 km/h
Wind
16.1 km
Visibility
06:37
Sunrise
17:51
Sunset
15:32
Local time

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