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Regarded as the most extensive reef system in the world, the size and number of living creatures within the Great Barrier Reef is simply mind-blowing. With almost 3000 individual reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is home to 10 per cent of all fish species in the world! So grab your goggles and dive on in as you discover this legendary underwater world yourself on one of our Great Barrier Reef tours or activities.

Starting with a 1 Day Sailing: Reef Daytripper experience, where guests can get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us, this is one of the best ways for you to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef and all her glory. With this Great Barrier Reef day tour including a guided snorkelling tour, a delicious tropical style buffet lunch, complimentary fruit platter selection of cheeses and crackers, plus a wine, coffee or tea on arrival, this is a fantastic small group, must-do adventure.


With Cairns being the Great Barrier Reefs’ mainland epicenter, there’s a multitude of ways locals and visitors can access one of the world’s most explored tourist destinations (which is even visible from space). There’s over 2000 individual reefs and 900 picturesque islands stretching over the area, with the world’s most exquisite beaches ready for you to roam. 


For the thrillseekers looking for the best view of the Great Barrier Reef, Skydive Cairns is Australia’s premier skydive company, and offers spectacular scenic views over Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding rainforest from 15,000 ft.


Speaking of rainforests, Green Island is one of the oldest coral cays on the Great Barrier Reef and includes a beautiful, dense rainforest - which makes sense seeing as though the island is a national park and home to over 120 bird species. This Green Island Full Day Tour From Cairns includes return catamaran transfers, a choice of snorkel equipment or glass-bottomed boat tour, snorkelling demonstration and reef presentation en route to the Island.


There are other optional activities on the island too. You can laze in the sun on the beautiful beaches and cool off with a casual swim, or take to the air on a Great Barrier Reef helicopter tour, where you may even spot the incredible Fitzroy Island.


Over here, guests can enjoy one of the region’s most unspoilt areas. Complete with rich rainforests and sandy beaches, the option of a half day or full day tour includes return ferry transfers, up to 6 hours of free time and plenty of other activities.


Great Barrier Reef multi-day tours are undeniably the best way to make the most of your time in the region, whether it’s a 2 Day, 1 Night Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour, which includes access to Thetford and Moore outer Barrier Reefs, all snorkelling equipment and wetsuits, all meals plus accommodation, or, the ultimate 3 Day, 2 Night Liveaboard Reef Trip, where guests can enjoy an unforgettable experience onboard the OceanQuest Catamaran. Complete with a choice of twin or double rooms and including the opportunity to join the unique and exhilarating Sharks in the Dark experience, this is an experience truly unique to the Great Barrier Reef.


It’s common knowledge that there are numerous ways to explore this Wonder of the World, however the most engaging way to immerse yourself in the region would be on a snorkelling or dive excursion. With these, the possibilities as to what you may discover are endless.

Or, combine diving, snorkelling, and sailing under the tropical sun during the Passion of Paradise tour through the Great Barrier Reef. Onboard, the staff provide information on the reef and its inhabitants as well. This is one of the most relaxing, fun and interesting ways to discover the Great Barrier Reef…but don’t just take our word for it!


Book your spot on a Great Barrier Reef tour, Great Barrier Reef day trip or Great Barrier Reef tour package today and dive into a place of nature, beauty and mind-blowing wonder.


Frequently Asked Questions About ​Day Trips In Great Barrier Reef


How many days do you need for the Great Barrier Reef?
It can be argued that not even a lifetime is enough to explore and enjoy all the amazing natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, however, for those who can't spend your life on holiday, at least three days in and around the reef should be enough time for you to discover the main attractions.


What is the best month to visit the Great Barrier Reef?
Winter is the time to visit if you prefer cooler, more comfortable temperatures...although peaks are still around 26°C between June and August. Head out to the Great Barrier Reef during this time as the water is still pleasant – or get into adventure activities that require calm weather, such as hot air ballooning and sailing.


What are the top attractions to visit on the Great Barrier Reef?
The Great Barrier Reef has over 900 islands, including the Whitsundays and the Northern Islands. Guaranteed to redefine your idea of paradise, the outer Great Barrier Reef is where you’ll catch the most underwater action, so be sure to check it out.


Which places provide the best tours on the Great Barrier Reef for kids and families?
Perfect for all ages, this Reef Magic Cruise from Cairns to Marine World is a great day out on the water. The Marine World all-weather activity platform will fill your day with endless adventure and entertainment, including spacious sundecks to relax, an underwater observatory to explore and beautiful water clarity so you can snorkel amongst the abundance of marine life.


Which experiences are best for multi-day tours on the Great Barrier Reef?
Spend an incredible 3 days on the Great Barrier Reef for more time in the water on this all inclusive 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard Reef Trip. Or, for the ultimate souvenir, there’s a 4 Day Learn to Dive Course that will equip you with open water certification by the end of it - how cool is that?

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