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Top attractions in Great Barrier Reef

World heritage site · Scuba / Snorkeling
Cross snorkeling or diving the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list by joining a guided tour from Cairns. With a var
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World heritage site · Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling , Port Douglas
Get to know the secrets of the marine life-rich Great Barrier Reef on a scuba or snorkeling tour from Port Douglas. Accompanied by an expert
Tours from $216
World heritage site · Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling , Airlie Beach
Cruise the turquoise waters of Whitsunday Passage before slipping beneath the sparkling ocean surface in search of colorful marine life on a
Tours from $108
Safaris , Port Douglas
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Tours from $23
Esplanade Boardwalk provides a beautiful setting for a stroll, jog, or bike ride. Along the 800 m (0.5 mi) boardwalk, take in views of Trinit

Great Barrier Reef

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Water Sports
The world's largest coral reef system, the world's largest structure built by living organisms, and one of CNN's "Seven Natural Wonders of the World," tops the itineraries of most visitors to Australia. You can see the reef system--which includes over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands spanning 2,600 km (1,600 mi) and covering 344,400 sq km (133,000 sq mi)--from outer space. Get a bit closer with a snorkeling or scuba diving tour departing from Cairns. Many companies operate out of the city, but make sure you choose one that's a member of the Australian government's High Standard Tourism Program, signifying a commitment to sustainable tourism. Choose a day tour for an introduction to the reef system or fully immerse yourself on a multiday trip on a live-aboard boat. However long you opt at the reef, you'll return with memories of a vibrant underwater world and improved knowledge of the ecological importance of reef systems. Plan the details of your Great Barrier Reef holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Australia trip itinerary builder tool.

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