Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage listed phenomenon, and one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world.

Sprawling out around the coast of Cairns, it comprises a mesmerising mix of greens, blues, and vibrant coral reefs. These reefs home an abundance of sea life and marine creatures for you to explore

Amongst it all, there are hundreds of little paradise islands that break up the ocean. These islands run parallel to the shoreline, stretching from Cape York to Bundaberg.

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is almost a rite of passage for travellers in Australia, simply for the chance to see one of the most famous attractions in the world. As well as taking a boat tour out into the ocean and exploring everything the reef has to offer from above, you can also dive below the surface of the water and get to know the majestic underwater world that lies below.

Why Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

For those who want to dip below the surface, snorkelling is the perfect activity. It’s not quite as full-on as scuba diving, but it still gives you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the colourful creatures that call this part of the world home – we’re talking giant turtles, reef sharks, and a whole host of beautiful fish. The vast majority of snorkelling reef tours start at Airlie Beach, Townsville, and Cairns, where you can then hop aboard a boat and begin your adventure.

What You Can Expect

The vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef means there is so much to see and learn about during a snorkelling trip, and there are hundreds of different reefs to explore. Anyone can get stuck into it, as long as they can swim and have fairly good fitness levels as it can be quite strenuous.

Most of the tours will offer a brief introduction to the activity before you begin, where you’ll learn how to use the equipment and what you can expect to see. As you explore your designated spot, your guide will point out interesting features and help you make the most of your adventure.

What to bring

Your snorkelling tour will provide your snorkelling equipment for you. Expert guides will teach you how to use the mask and breathing tube, plus take you to the best reefs. Be sure to pack your own bathers and towels ready for a day in the water. Sun protection is also important! Reef-safe sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are a must for any tour.

Exploring the Great Barrier Reef in this way is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders.

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