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Home to the largest reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef goes beyond being merely great. It is truly extraordinary and can even be seen from outer space.
Featuring over 2,900 individual reefs. With an amazing variety of animal life as well as the incredible diversity of colour. It’s no wonder the Barrier Reef is a must-see for any traveler.
The best and easiest way to see the reef is to take a tour. This not only gets you out there but puts you in the best spots to explore.
Prices of tours vary but the usual assumption of you get what you pay for goes out the window here. Many cheap options offer a great way to explore without blowing the budget. Whilst some more expensive tours can be a bit more personal.
Another great way to see the reef is upon a liveaboard boat. This means you can snorkel and dive the reef at all hours of the day and have the privilege of waking up on it as well.
To make the choice easier for you we will outline three options. You’ll be sure to find the perfect tour for you.
Great Barrier Reef – Compass Cruises
Cairns best value reef trip. Compass provides a comprehensive tour to the reef which includes the cheap price tag. Quality snorkeling and diving opportunities are available throughout the day.
With a smaller size boat than some of the big companies, there is a much more intimate feel, as smaller passenger numbers lead to increased time with the crew. The crew is really laid back, funny and super friendly. At the same time, they are really professional – safety comes first!
Any trip is always defined by who you spend it with which is why Compass Cruises are such a great option.
Great Barrier Reef – Reef Experience
Cairns ONLY all-inclusive reef tours. There are so many inclusions on this tour, including a FREE scuba dive! Value is so high on the agenda, making it the only all-inclusive reef scuba tour in Cairns.
Along with providing six hours of unlimited snorkeling with breakfast AND lunch included, you can take advantage of the free certified dive and resort dive certificates after your tour.
Passengers on this tour rave about the food. The friendly crew will help first-time snorkelers and divers to feel more comfortable in the water.
Professional photographers roam the decks to capture your magic moments which only makes the day that more memorable for those onboard.
If you plan on scuba diving Reef Experience is exceptional value, and is well known as Cairns best reef tour.
Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard – Reef Encounter
Let’s face it. One day is never enough on the Great Barrier Reef. What better way to experience it than going to bed AND waking up on the reef?
Reef Encounter provides liveaboard tours that turn a simple dive or snorkel trip into a holiday in itself. The boat moves around to multiple spectacular outer reef locations daily.
The chance to be able to wake up to the morning sunrise and dive into the water still crisp from the night is an unforgettable experience.
Add to this a sun deck and rooms for singles and couples Reef Encounter offers the complete reef adventure.
Work on the Great Barrier Reef!
The opportunity to work upon Reef Encounter may become available to those who have completed the tour. Reef Encounter is on the lookout for exuberant and helpful backpackers to stay on as a hostie and perform light duties.
In return, you will be provided with free meals and accommodation. You will get the chance for extra water sessions whilst on board as a hostie too.
What better way is there to experience the Great Barrier Reef all over again without spending a cent?