Great Barrier Reef Diving & Snorkeling
By Viator, May 2014
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef on the planet, covering an amazing 2,900 reefs, 900 islands and 2,600km (1,600 miles).
The reef is home to an incredible diversity of sea creatures, from whales, dolphins and sea turtles to dugongs, crocodiles, seabirds and Nemo clownfish.
The best way to view the reef is from the water, and the top location for your Great Barrier Reef experience is Cairns, the reef’s most easily accessible major tourism hub.
Cairns offers the best selection of reef tours, cruises and activities, tailor made for beginners through to experienced divers. Diving locations from Cairns include Green Island, Upolu Reef, Oyster Reef, Agincourt Reef and Low Isles. Take your pick of half-day boat trips, full-day snorkeling cruises and multi-day tours.
Green Island is an easy half-day or day trip from Cairns, just 27km (16.5 miles) offshore. The sandy coral cay is ringed by reef for easy snorkeling and you’ll swim with several types of turtles. Or you can stay dry and view the Great Barrier Reef from a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible submarine.
For the best visibility, head to the Outer Reef to snorkel from a moored pontoon or luxury catamaran, then refuel with a gourmet buffet or barbecue lunch. All equipment is included for certified divers, and beginners can take an introductory dive with the assistance of diving professionals.
For a more in-depth experience, combine Great Barrier Reef cruising and two nights at a Green Island resort on a Three-Day Reef Trip from Cairns. Or choose three full-day cruises and create the ultimate Reef Cruise Pass – Green Island, Low Isles, the Outer Reef, it’s your choice!