Best Ways to See the Great Barrier Reef
With hundreds of thousands of miles of coral reefs, sun-soaked shores, and waters teeming with fish, nowhere else on earth is like the Great Barrier Reef. Here are the top ways to experience the UNESCO-listed star of Australia's Tropical North.
Dive in to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive amid a kaleidoscope of exotic fish and corals, or try a seawalker helmet dive, all of which provide the chance to spot green sea turtles, anemones, stingrays, giant clams, and other marine life. Keep in mind that you don't have to get wet to experience the underwater wonders—opt for a cruise on a glass-bottomed boat, take a semi-submersible boat tour, or admire the views from an underwater observatory.
The Great Barrier Reef is so gigantic it can be seen from space, and the only way to get a sense of its magnitude is from above. Take off for a scenic flight or thrilling helicopter ride from Cairns and enjoy unbeatable aerial views of highlights such as Lizard Island, Green Island, and the Arlington Reef while soaring overhead. Flights can last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour, and many tours combine a flight with a boat cruise or sightseeing tour.
By Sightseeing Boat
The easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef is by boat, and a range of day cruises run to popular spots such as Michaelmas Cay, Fitzroy Island, Green Island, and the Low Isles. Soak up the scenery onboard a schooner or catamaran; hop off to explore the islands; or spend a night at the unique Reefworld pontoon. Most cruises depart from Port Douglas, Airlie Beach, or Cairns and typically include breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea served onboard.
16 Tours and Activities
Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
Sunlover Reef Cruises Cairns Great Barrier Reef Experience
Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise from Cairns Including Snorkeling and Marine Biologist Presentation
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns
Great Barrier Reef Adventure from Cairns Inc Snorkel from Activity Platform
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns
Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great Adventures
Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour
Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
Private Helicopter Tour: Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch
Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass
Cruise to Outer Reef - Cruise Return Plus 10 Minute Scenic Flight
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