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The Great Barrier Reef is Australia's greatest natural treasure, and the world’s largest coral reef. This underwater wonderland stretches for 2,300 km (1,426 miles) from Bundaberg to Australia's northernmost tip. At its closest, it's only 30 km (18.5 miles) away from the Queensland coast.

The Great Barrier Reef encompasses almost 3,000 individual reefs. Their multicoloured beauty is made up of 400 types of living and dead coral polyps, home to around 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 breeds of clams, 500 types of seaweed, 200 species of birds, 1,500 different sponges and half a dozen varieties of turtles.

The Great Barrier Reef is also dotted with around 900 islands, including coral cays such as Green Island and Heron Island, along with the Whitsundays sand islands. Fringing reefs surround the islands, while the outer reef faces away from the mainland and islands and out to sea.


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The best way to experience the Great Barrier Reef is on a snorkeling day cruise from Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas or Townsville. The water is at its clearest from April to October. Sightseeing cruises also sail out to sea for a day of fish feeding, reef education and underwater safaris.

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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 244 Reviews

Make the most of your visit to the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour by fast boat, with five hours to enjoy two premium spots on the reef. Snorkeling and ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $134.98

Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Set sail from Port Douglas for a day of snorkeling and relaxing on the Great Barrier Reef’s Low Isles. The sheltered white sands are surrounded by tropical ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $214.86

Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Not a confident swimmer, but want to experience the Great Barrier Reef? At Low Isles you can snorkel straight off the beach, enjoy coral viewing on a glass ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.53

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef from the air and the water! A scenic helicopter flight or high-speed catamaran cruise from Port Douglas will take you ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration:

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From USD $476.52

Whitsunday Islands Luxury Small-Group Sailing Experience

Explore the natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef National Park on a full-day sailing tour aboard a luxury yacht. Escape from the ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $210.09

5-Day Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour

Spend your days exploring Queensland’s wild treasures, and your nights at beach resorts, on a guided 5-day tour to Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $657.96

2-Night Whitsundays Sailing and Island Adventure

Go sailing, sunbathing and swimming in paradise on an idyllic two-night excursion to South Molle Adventure Island in the Whitsundays. Enjoy the ultimate thrill ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 2-Nights

From USD $352.38

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Spend two days exploring the very best of Cairns. Enjoy a full day in tropical Kuranda and on your second day discover why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period

From USD $457.42

Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Great for beginners, non-swimmers and first-time visitors to Tropical North Queensland cruise to Agincourt Reef from Port Douglas. You can watch fish feeding, ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $230.14

3-Day Great Barrier Reef Tour: Lady Musgrave Island and the Town of 1770

Dive into a 3-day guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two nights at a beach resort located in the town of 1770, and take a day trip to Lady Musgrave ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $295.08

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