Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

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Can you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef?

Yes, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best snorkelling locations in the world. There are daily tours to the best snorkelling locations on the reef from Cairns and Port Douglas. These are a great way to get up close and see this wonder of the world with your own eyes. There are many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef but a snorkelling tour is an affordable option that people of all ages can enjoy. You’ll find a selection of snorkel tours to choose from in locations around Australia here at Adrenaline, but if you’re looking for the best holiday activities for Cairns or Port Douglas this is an absolute must. This is a real bucket list activity that is likely to be remembered for a long time to come. 

Many of our scuba diving tours also contain snorkelling elements, giving you extra time in the water and the chance to see more once you’re finished diving. Want to see more but not sure about scuba diving? You can test the waters with an introductory dive. This can be a great way to give scuba diving a try without the time and commitment of taking a certified diving course. Of course, if you are a certified diver then there are plenty of options open to you too! 

Where is the best place to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef?

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world and with more than 2,900 individual reefs it pays to know where’s best to snorkel. The best snorkel spots can depend on the weather conditions, but the best selling full day snorkelling trip takes you to Outer Reef sites such as Milln Reef, Moore Reef, Thetford Reef and Briggs Reef. The truth is there are many incredible snorkel opportunities at the reef, which is why some visitors come back again and again. After all, no visit is exactly alike! 

The popular Quicksilver boat cruise takes you to the renowned Agincourt Reef, which is on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The expert crew will always be happy to point you in the right direction for the best places to snorkel. 

Going on a snorkelling tour (or a cruise that offers snorkelling along with other activities) is well worth it for anyone who wants to see the stunning marine life for themselves and make the most of their time in this part of Queensland. You’ll be blown away by the coral and the variety of colourful fish and other marine creatures. On some tours you might even be lucky enough to see turtles, rays or reef sharks. 

Is it safe to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef?

Yes, it’s safe to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef. You don’t usually even need any previous snorkelling experience to take part in a snorkel tour, as full instruction and all appropriate equipment (snorkel, lifevest, noodles, flotation devices etc) can be supplied. 

So long as none of the restricted medical conditions or medications apply to you (check with the experience provider if you’re unsure) and you’re a competent swimmer who listens carefully to safety advice and follows all instructions, there’s even chance you will have a fantastic day. These tours are suitable for all kinds of people, both young and old. 

The professional experience providers on offer here at Adrenaline are experts in making sure people stay safe and have a fantastic time. They do it day after day! So, if you’re feeling nervous, we’d encourage you to give it a go. Many trips are very enjoyable, even for people who only spend a short time in the water. 

How much is it to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef?

Great Barrier Reef snorkelling prices can vary depending on what’s included. A best selling, highly rated full day snorkelling tour with all equipment and a tropical buffet lunch is listed for around $140. 

Some tours also include introductory scuba diving, guided snorkelling tours, glass bottom boat tours and more, so will cost extra. Check the full range here at Adrenaline to find the best value option for you and think about whether you’d like optional extras on the day. Whatever Great Barrier Reef tour you choose, you can book with confidence thanks to our Lowest Price Guarantee. 

Do you need a wetsuit to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef?

A wetsuit is optional when snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Most snorkel tours will offer wetsuits for anyone who would like one and they can be a good idea in cooler temperatures. You usually do not need to bring your own. Just remember your swimming costumer, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat etc. You might also want to pack a change of clothes incase the weather prevents you from drying off quickly. 

Ask the crew for advice about whether you’re likely to need a wetsuit if you’re unsure.