Best Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tours For Beginners

Best Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tours For Beginners

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 06/17/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Experience the vibrant coral and a range of marine life while snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef is a bucket list item for many travellers across the world. The reef spans the coast of Queensland, making it the largest coral reef and the largest living thing on Earth. The reef is so large that it can even be seen from outer space!

Even if you’re brand new to snorkelling and have never done it before, there are tours available for you! You can let your guide know prior that it’s your first time snorkelling, and they’ll try to keep an eye on you. You’ll find you probably aren’t the only one who’s snorkelling for the first time!

Cruise deluxe tour

The cruise deluxe tour is best suited for those who are beginner snorkellers, and is even suitable for people who aren’t strong swimmers. This tour also includes scuba diving, where you’ll learn how to use the diving equipment on board.

As you make your way out to the outer reefs, you’ll learn how to use the snorkelling equipment. The reefs you visit are known for being the best for snorkelling and diving.

At the first reef, you’ll have the opportunity to try diving before having lunch onboard. Then, you’ll head to the next reef, where you can go snorkelling or upgrade to scuba diving again!

Premium snorkelling tour

The premium snorkelling tour will have you experiencing the breathtaking world of the Great Barrier Reef. This tour takes place on a luxury catamaran for the day as you visit two outer reefs. Upon reaching the reefs, you’ll have the option to snorkel, dive, swim, or simply relax and enjoy the views.

Before getting in the water, you’ll receive instructions on snorkelling and diving. The tour also includes tea, a tropical lunch buffet, and afternoon tea.

Small group tour

The small group tour is a great option to avoid the large tour groups. This tour takes you out to two different outer reefs, where you’ll spend the full day exploring.

Keep in mind that this tour requires people to be competent swimmers. If this isn’t you, the cruise deluxe tour is a better fit.

Snorkelling is the perfect activity for those who want to see the underwater world without going too deep like diving. You’ll have the chance to see all the vibrant coral along with a vast selection of fish and other marine life.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.