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Diving and Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef

By Viator, November 2017

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A bucket-list destination for snorkelers and scuba divers, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on the planet, offering more than 2,900 reefs and 900 islands to explore. Here’s how to make sure you have an unforgettable visit. 

  • Admire the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Great Barrier Reef on a half-day, full-day, or multi-day tour from Cairns, Port Douglas, Airlie Beach, or Brisbane.
  • Cruise to popular destinations such as Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays, Green Island, Magnetic Island, the Low Isles, Agincourt Reef, or Michaelmas Cay.
  • Swim and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, accompanied by an expert instructor or marine biologist guide.
  • Marvel at the colorful coral reefs; spot whales, sea turtles, and dugongs from the boat; or snorkel amid tropical fish such as clownfish, parrotfish, and butterfly fish.
  • Discover the underwater world on a scuba dive excursion, with options including introductory dives, PADI certification courses, and deep-sea dives for certified divers only.
  • Enjoy vibrant views aboard a glass-bottom boat, luxury catamaran, or cruise ship.
  • Many cruises include hotel pickup and port transfers; lunch or refreshments on-board; and additional activities such as a seawalker helmet walk, an underwater scooter ride, or a short helicopter flight over the reef.

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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, null
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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 558 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 with snorkeling ...  Read more

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

From USD $123.75
3-Day Southern Great Barrier Reef Tour Including Lady Musgrave Island, Brisbane, Day Cruises
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3-Day Southern Great Barrier Reef Tour Including Lady Musgrave Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Enjoy this 3-day guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two nights at a beach resort, and take a day trip to Lady Musgrave Island for a slice of paradise ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $284.25
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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 112 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 $161.25
5-Day Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour, Brisbane, Day Cruises
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5-Day Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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. On ...  Read more

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

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Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Multi-day Tours
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Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

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Cruise out to a state-of-the-art multi-level activity platform, permanently stationed at Moore Reef on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy a day packed ...  Read more

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

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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Cruises
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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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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, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $483.76
Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, ... 
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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View the colorful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day trip from Cairns. Whether you are a snorkeler or a scuba diver, experienced or a ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.88
Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Scuba Diving
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Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Spend the day on Michaelmas Cay, a small sand island on the outer Great Barrier Reef. You'll cruise from Cairns aboard a luxury sailing catamaran, see the ...  Read more

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

From USD $180.38
Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass, Cairns & the Tropical North, Snorkeling
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Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

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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 $383.63
2-Day Reef and Rainforest Package Combo: Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip, Cairns & the ... 
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2-Day Reef and Rainforest Package Combo: Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip

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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 $299.25

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