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Great Barrier Reef Diving & Snorkeling

By Viator, March 2014

4.5 194 Reviews | Add your review

Tropical Cairns puts you in the ideal position to enjoy the splendor and beauty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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!

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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 234 Reviews

Enjoy five hours of snorkeling or diving at two outer Great Barrier Reef locations on a premium cruise from Cairns. You'll be served a typically Aussie ...  Read more

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

From USD $134.61

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 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:

Varies

From USD $475.22

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 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 $456.17

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Hit the rails, the rainforest, the sky and the reef in an action-packed day trip from Cairns! You'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns, go shopping ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: 9 - 10 hours

From USD $438.07

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Fly and cruise the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the world. You'll take a scenic helicopter tour from Cairns over the stunning Great Barrier ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $319.03

2-Day Reef and Rainforest Package Combo: Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

Your 2-Day Reef and Rainforest Package Combo will take you to the two extremes of Tropical North Queensland during your stay in Cairns. Spend a day ...  Read more

Location: Cairns and Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $315.22

Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Cruise out to a moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy a day packed full of activities, both in and out of the water. Go snorkeling with the ...  Read more

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

From USD $185.71

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Explore the Great Barrier Reef aboard a sleek, luxury catamaran on this snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns! Spend six hours on the Great Barrier Reef at two ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.18

Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

Take the opportunity to learn to dive while you’re in Cairns! With classes limited to eight participants, led by professional and friendly instructors, you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $419.03

Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, grab an Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Pass. Save money and see the reef from every angle on three cruises ...  Read more

Location: Cairns and Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $434.27

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