The Great Barrier Reef tours options are varied and plentiful, making visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World possible for virtually everyone. There are several ways to get out and enjoy the reef which is great, as not everyone has the same wishes, abilities or budgets.
Probably the most popular of the Great Barrier Reef tours would be a day trip on one of the many large catamarans that go to various reefs. Several of these operators even have their own platform on the outer reef, while some of these tours are snorkelling only, others also offer the choice to go diving.
Most of these tours depart from Port Douglas and include a marine biologist on board to pass on all the relevant information about what you will witness in the big blue. There are qualified snorkelling and diving (if appropriate) safety officers on board and equipment is usually provided, as are morning and afternoon teas as well as lunch.
The other alternative, some would say more romantic, is sailing on a mid-sized cruise ship. These journeys can be from two to seven days in duration with most departing from Port Douglas or Cairns. Another onboard option is ships that you can spend up to seven days cruising, reef diving and snorkelling. You can go as far north as Lizard Island to dive the Cod Hole or to the outer reef and the Coral Sea.
Not all Great Barrier Reef tours are about swimming, diving and snorkelling, some tourists prefer to enjoy the splendour of it all without getting wet. For a bird’s eye view and a big picture look (ideal for photography) you can take in the reef from a scenic helicopter flight.
There are even several Great Barrier Reef tours departing from Cairns that offer reef and rainforest combined tours that include sailing, snorkelling, diving plus rain forest activities like white-water rafting and river cruises. Who says you can’t have it all?