The 2300 kilometre Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world and the largest living thing known to man. You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail around this magnificent natural wonder of the world.
A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must when in Australia! Here are a few options for you to choose from:
♦ Snorkelling. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most accessible reefs in the world and offers excellent snorkelling. Snorkelling is a one size fits all option, it’s cheap and requires no skill or fitness. Many of the reefs are within a couple of metres to the surface so you’ll still be able to see the amazing coral up close in all of its glory.
Cost: $109 AUD, Day trip (8:00am – 4:00pm), Includes snorkelling equipment, lunch and snacks.
♦ Diving. If your going to pick somewhere to dive in the world, logic would suggest that you’d pick the Great Barrier Reef, however, if you haven’t dived before we’d suggest not doing it… Why you ask?
As its your first time a lot of the dive will consist of equipment familiarisation and you wont be allowed to go all that deep, not much more than 10 metres to be precise. If you have dived before then it’s a great option, for an additional $55 AUD you can experience the deeper darker regions of this beautiful reef.
Cost: $109 AUD + $55 AUD (1 hour dive upgrade), Includes all equipment, lunch and snacks.
♦ Sail and exploring the reef. The third and final deluxe option is a 2 Day, 1 Night sailing trip around the Great Barrier Reef. We’d suggest going with Coral Sea Dreaming, it’s an awesome vessel and itinerary at a great price. The trip includes: 1 free 10 minute introductory dive, a 1–on–1 introductory dive, all equipment required and all meals. For an extra $200 AUD on the above options you get a huge amount for your money.
Cost: $330 AUD, 2 Days, 1 Night all inclusive.
Remember, this is the Great Barrier Reef so all of the above options will blow your mind! It is possibly the most amazing thing to see on the East Coast of Australia.
- Wear the stinger suits provided. We constantly found ourselves bumping into jellyfish whilst exploring.
- If you haven’t got an underwater camera, hire one for $50 AUD. This can be done through the office of the company you booked with or on-board the vessel and generally you get to keep the SD card. It’s a good way to avoid the $25 AUD per photo that the photographer charges.