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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Free admission
Pier Marina, Pier Point Road, Cairns, Tropical North, 4870

The Basics

Seeing the entire Great Barrier Reef could take weeks, but the most important scuba diving and snorkeling spots include the Saxon, Hastings, and Norman reefs in the outer Great Barrier Reef. Join one of the area’s many snorkeling and scuba dive–centric cruises or day trips, or turn your trip into an educational opportunity by getting your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certificate.

Alternatively, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site from above with a cruise in a catamaran or a glass-bottom boat. Scenic helicopter flights offer an overview and will give you a sense of the immensity of this remarkable ecosystem.

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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
USD159.25 per adult
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Snorkeling so far from the land in the middle of so many fish was so cool ! The boat was comfortable and the crew was just lovely. The only thing who was missing that day, was just enough wind to sail. Thank you for this magical experience!
Quentin_P, Jan. 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Great day out on the GBR!
Gabrielle_C, Jan. 2023
Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
I had a great day with Seastar Cruisers exploring the Great Barrier Reef. The crew were awesome and very professional. They were informative and took great reef tours for a nervous snorkeler. The glass boat tour was also a great addition. They provided morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea which was a bonus! Highly recommend.
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Nice experience
Clara_A, Jan. 2023
Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
The crew members are very friendly. The Great Barrier Reef is amazing and the snorkel is also very nice!
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Great trip to Great Barrier Reef
Rollin_F, Jan. 2023
Sunlover Reef Cruises Cairns Great Barrier Reef Experience
Visiting the Great Barrier Reef Fantastic experience In the submarine as well as glass bottom boat Definitely worth value for money
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Must do
miaxo, Dec. 2022
Ocean Safari Great Barrier Reef Experience in Cape Tribulation
You cant visit cape trib and not go snorkelling at the great barrier reef. perfect 1/2 day adventure and was taken to some lovely snorkelling sites and the crew were super friendly and made our morning alot of fun and memories to last a lifetime. Dave & Court were the perfect guides
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Magic moments and stunning views
Michaela_H, Jan. 2023
Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
It was a fantastic day at the outer great Barrier reef with a gently and funny Crew. The most impressive moment was for us the possibility to go scuba diving for the first time in our lives. Magic unforgetten moments…🥰
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Stunning views of the Great Barrier Reef
Jane_L, Aug. 2022
Great Barrier Reef 40 Minute Scenic Flight from Cairns - Reef Hopper
We’re so glad that we took this scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. The views were clear and stunning. We were given useful and interesting information during the flight about what we were seeing. The pilot was friendly, professional and knowledgeable.
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Excellent Snorkeling Experience For Newbies
qh8g7dgvsd, Jan. 2023
Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
It was an excellent experience for first time snorkelers. Mathilda was especially helpful in the water ensuring our safety and enjoyment.
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Best Snorkeling Experience!
barbara_b, Jan. 2023
Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
The Captain and Crew aboard the Evolution were ALL truly amazing! Safety was clearly a priority from boarding the vessel to disembarkation! Health measures were in place and I felt comfortable eating and drinking! FUN: We were taken to awesome reefs to snorkel and the fish were amazing as well! This experience was by far the best snorkeling I have ever had and I'm 65 years young!
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Professional staff in a nice cruise
Saad_A, Jan. 2023
Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
Professional and friendly staff, they were motivated and ready to help. Nice clean cruise with excellent snorkeling gear Food wasn't the best, hot dishes will be a plus. Overall, happy with my experience.
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Vance the Legend!
mandy_c, Jan. 2023
Sunlover Reef Cruises Cairns Great Barrier Reef Experience
The briefing by Vance! Legend! It’s not often that a safety brief is informative and fun bit Vance managed to hit both!
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Definitely book this one!
Mohana_R, Dec. 2022
Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
Absolutely best way to spend a day/see parts of the reef up close and personal. Crew was fantastic with the safety efforts and also checking on people who were seasick. Lots of great humor and even better in the water prep/help. Felt like an experienced snorkeler by the second stop. Well timed and paced.
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Great Barrier Reef Magic
ghislaine_m, Dec. 2022
Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
Scuba diving with this team of consummate professionals was a joy! The whole experience of travelling out to the outer reef, snorkelling and scuba diving was amazing and to a high standard of safety.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia's most iconic and must-see attractions for all visitors.

  • Keep in mind that strenuous water activities are not recommended for people with medical conditions affecting the heart or lungs.

  • If you experience motion sickness, take preventative medication at least 30 minutes prior to boarding the boat.

  • A stinger suit to protect you from jellyfish is recommended to swim in the waters off Green and Fitzroy Islands or the Frankland Islands.

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How to Get There

The Great Barrier Reef runs 1,426 miles (2,300 kilometers) from Bundaberg to Australia’s northernmost tip, coming closest to the continent right around Queensland. Scuba diving excursions, snorkeling trips, and reef cruises depart from Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas, and Townsville. The boat ride from Cairns can take 45–90 minutes, depending where you’re headed.

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When to Get There

The water is at its clearest from April to October, but the reef can be enjoyed all year round. From December to March (summertime in the Southern Hemisphere), the water temperature is around 86℉ (30℃). From May to August whales migrate to the reef, and in the spring the coral spawns.

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Reefworld

A popular way to experience the Great Barrier Reef, Reefworld consists of two giant pontoons floating over Hardy Reef, one of the site’s smaller reefs. Here, you can snorkel, scuba dive, explore in semi-submersibles, or stay dry in an underwater viewing chamber. Tours to Reefworld depart from Port of Airlie, near Airlie Beach.

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Great Barrier Reef
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Great Barrier Reef?
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What else should I know about attractions in Cairns & the Tropical North?
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As well as visiting the Great Barrier Reef, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: