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What to do at the Great Barrier Reef?

For outdoor adventurists, travelling to this Natural Wonder is a true pilgrimage. Australia's Great Barrier Reef spans 344,000 square kilometres, consists of 900 islands and is composed of 2,900 individual reefs. Needless to say, it’s one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet. There’s so much to see and do that it’s often hard to know where to start.

Thankfully, we’ve got the best launching points and most comprehensive Great Barrier Reef tours on the planet right here at Adrenaline. There are scores of ways to create your ideal coral-viewing experience, whether you’re looking for cruises, glassed-in underwater observatories, glass bottom boat tours, scuba diving, snorkelling, or a combination of them all. 

With so many options it’s hard to go wrong, but you can find all the best things to do at the Great Barrier Reef with a simple search at Adrenaline. Our extensive range of Great Barrier Reef activities caters to every taste, activity, age group, and intensity. A day trip is the perfect way to tick the iconic World Heritage marine park off your bucket list and enjoy an unforgettable experience. 

You can join day tour cruises that take you anywhere and everywhere on the Great Barrier Reef, including inner reef, outer reef, coral cays, Fitzroy Island, and plenty more. Browse our range of reef cruises and you’ll find day trips that combine activities for swimmers and non-swimmers, divers and non-divers, young, old, or the whole family. 

These all-encompassing Great Barrier Reef tours generally begin with a leisurely cruise to a magical destination on the reef. Board a sleek catamaran and sail away to a lush jungle island or reef activity platform. Some tours are completely vessel-based; others send you into the water with all the vibrant marine life!

There are plenty of snorkelling opportunities on the spectacular outer reef, inner reef, and coral cay locations, as well as Great Barrier Reef scuba diving for both certified and non-certified divers. Get up close with the colourful coral and marine life that makes the Great Barrier Reef so famous. 

Don’t feel like getting wet? Observe the underwater sights in a semi-submersible or glass-bottom boat. If water sports aren’t your thing you can still see the magic of the Great Barrier Reef’s underwater world, and understand why it’s one of the most coveted natural wonders of the world.

There are even opportunities to see the reef from an air-bound angle on a parasailing adventure or a Great Barrier Reef helicopter flight! Whatever activities or water sports you could dream of enjoying on the reef, we have the best of the best right here at Adrenaline. 

A day on the Great Barrier Reef isn’t just about the rainbow-hued sights; these tours let you experience first-hand the necessity of preserving our planet's wondrous underwater ecosystems. Combine adventure with a new appreciation for the natural world when you sail away on a Great Barrier Reef tour.

Can you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef?

Great Barrier Reef snorkelling tours are one of the most popular activities in Australia, so yes, snorkelling Great Barrier Reef is absolutely an option! In fact, if you’re open to getting in the water, snorkelling the reef should definitely be on your bucket list. With no training or experience necessary, snorkelling can get you right amongst the colourful coral displays and marine life that make the Great Barrier Reef so incredible. So check out our huge range of snorkelling day trips and reef cruises that can take you to explore the marine park.

If you’ve never gone snorkelling or scuba diving before, there are plenty of opportunities on the reef to give it a go as a first-timer. Discover the fantastically complex undersea world of the Great Barrier Reef on a day of introductory snorkelling or scuba diving. Designed for first-time divers, these adventures commence with a comprehensive lesson that ensures you get the most out of your shallow dive. From these depths, the coral and sea life is often at their most colourful. Bring a waterproof camera if you have one to capture the sights!

If you’re a certified scuba diver you’ll also find plenty of Great Barrier Reef tours that take you to the most spectacular dive spots on the reef with other experienced divers. Make the most out of your trip to the world heritage marine park by cruising the crystal blue water and snorkelling or scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reefs most lush reef hotspots. 

Which Great Barrier Reef tour is the best?

With so many amazing tours and day trips to choose from, finding the right Great Barrier Reef experiences can feel like a challenge. This is why we’ve filtered it down to only the best and most trust-worthy experience providers. That way, you can rest assured that when you shop with us, you’re booking into a Great Barrier tour that will actually deliver on everything it promises.

If you’re looking for a Great Barrier Reef experience that suits you, you could start with what kind of activities you’re looking for. Do you want to go snorkelling? Scuba diving? Other water sports? Do you want to experience a glass bottom boat tour? An underwater marine viewing room? Once you know what activities you’re interested in, you can narrow your search to reef cruises that include those.

You could also base your search on how much time you have, or how much you’re willing to spend. If you’ve made the trip all the way to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, we recommend you commit to the best tour you can afford, and with our Lowest Price guarantee and constant promo codes, you’ll be getting the best deal for your money. We have short reef cruises, half day tours, full day tours, or multiple night stays out on the Great Barrier Reef, so there’s something to suit whatever time frame you’re working with. 

Finding amazing Great Barrier Reef tours is easy at Adrenaline, so rest easy knowing that you’ll have an unbeatable and unforgettable experience of this great natural wonder.

Where do Great Barrier Reef tours leave from?

You can actually find amazing Great Barrier Reef tours leaving from a variety of different locations along Queensland’s east coast. We have Great Barrier Reef tours Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef tours Cairns, and Great Barrier Reef tours from Airlie Beach. One of the most common places to leave from is Cairns, which is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and is worth visiting regardless to explore the tropical Daintree rainforest. We have an extensive range of day tours and reef cruises departing from Cairns, so you’ll be spoiled with choices if you’re staying in Cairns.

There are also plenty of Great Barrier Reef tours leaving from Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, and the Whitsundays. Just browse our selection of tours and you’ll find something to fit your interest and location at Adrenaline.

What to bring on Great Barrier Reef tour?

When you book in a Great Barrier Reef tour through Adrenaline, you’ll be advised on all the specific things you need to wear and bring, but let’s go over the main things you can expect.

For a lot of the reef cruises there will be swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving opportunities, so bring your swimmers! You don’t have to go into the water, but there are often shallow water areas or assistance available for less keen or capable swimmers, so it’s good to have the option. 

Most reef cruises will provide you with stinger suits to protect you from stingrays under the water, but that will depend on where you’re headed and the experience providers will make a call on whether it is necessary. If you’re snorkelling or scuba diving, all the equipment is included - though certified divers should bring proof of certification.

Almost all day tours out on the reef will include lunch and snacks, but you’ll see the specifics of what’s included when you look at different tour options and experiences. Some things you definitely don’t want to forget are sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Australia is iconic for its sunny skies, but getting sunburnt shouldn’t be a part of your holiday! So come prepared. 

A camera is an obvious one, but if you have an underwater camera that’s definitely something worth bringing to capture the incredible underwater marine life of the Great Barrier Reef.