If you want to experience one of the most awe-inspiring displays of marine life existing anywhere on planet earth, try submerging yourself in the waters off the northeastern coast of Australia. This is the location of the Great Barrier Reef, an aquatic world filled with colourful natural wonders. Fish, whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles swim in the crystalline waters of this magnificent coral reef. This is also the ideal place to study a vast variety of molluscs.
If visiting this unique underwater world is of interest to you, it’s worth considering a Great Barrier Reef Tour or reef cruise. Read on for details on what you could expect from a Great Barrier Reef experience.
Things to Do in and Around the Great Barrier Reef
There are many fun and entertaining things to do in the Great Barrier Reef region and the nearby cities of Cairns and Port Douglas. Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are the most popular activities to enjoy while visiting the reef.
For those wanting a more relaxing experience, there are other ways to view the marine life. You could take a glass-bottom boat tour or board a semi-submersible submarine to view the oceanscape. Travelling on board either sort of vessel allows you to safely view portions of the reef without getting wet! These are fantastic options for non-swimmers and groups of travellers with children who are too young to snorkel or scuba dive.
There are abundant choices for other types of boat tours and boating activities in the Great Barrier Reef. You could enjoy kayaking, rafting, sailing or sport fishing in this area, or take a cruise to the outer reef aboard a pontoon boat. Jet skiing is another fun activity to consider.
Cairns Day Tours
The city of Cairns is conveniently located close to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is a worthwhile destination on its own, offering visitors many interesting things to see and do. The city boasts a vibrant central business district where you can see live music, shop at the markets or sample the cuisine at local restaurants.
One of the most popular day trips from Cairns is a cruise to Green Island, one of the numerous small coral cays in the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef. This beautiful island host’s its own resort, coral and sand beaches, and a vibrant rainforest in the island’s interior. This is a fantastic spot to go snorkelling or take a dive course. The waters surrounding this island are an outstanding place to view sea turtles which is an experience you are unlikely to forget.
Fitzroy Island is another great day trip destination near Cairns. This island is noteworthy for impressive bushwalking tracks, so a brilliant option if you want a break from the beach!
The Daintree Rainforest is a World Heritage site located about 125 km from Cairns. Here you can trek through the jungle to see spectacular natural views, along with beautiful striated herons, striking azure kingfishers, saltwater crocodiles and a variety of other creatures.
Cape Tribulation is a unique spot where the Daintree Rainforest touches the Great Barrier Reef. Cape Tribulation’s beaches are some of the loveliest local spots to enjoy a swim and a picnic.
Port Douglas is noteworthy for its sandy beaches including Four Mile Beach, Wonga Beach and Palm Cove. Beach lovers simply love Port Douglas and this is a fantastic place to stay, right in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef action!
Call +61 3 8678 1866 to Book Your Great Barrier Reef Tour
If marine animals or aquatic sports are of interest to you, take your pick of Great Barrier Reef Tours. We offer multiple exciting tours that include visits to the reef and other interesting Australian destinations. We’ve designed each tour to introduce you to some of the most remarkable places in Australia – but, if you’d prefer to choose the destinations yourself, no worries; we also make custom Great Barrier Reef tours available for small groups of 1-30 people. Give us a call on +61 3 8678 1866
to book your Great Barrier Reef tour and experience this popular destination for yourself.