Spread across an astounding 344,000 square miles the Great Barrier Reef is composed of some 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands in Australia’s Coral Sea. The world’s single largest structure composed of living organisms, this natural wonder can actually even be seen from outer space. A Great Barrier Reef daytrip is an excellent way to get an up-close and personal view of this truly marvelous eco-system.


Cairns is the mecca of Great Barrier Reef Day tours because of its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The perfect option for families, there are an infinite number of different Great Barrier Reef day tours designed to best suit your needs and interests. Glass bottom boat tours are an excellent way to catch a glimpse into the reef while staying dry while scuba and snorkel tours are excellent way to interactive with a reef.


Even if you only have a day you can still experience everything that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer!

On a budget well Compass Cruises might be the Great Barrier Reef day tour for you – Compass is a lovely old boat, that takes a big longer than the new faster boats in Cairns, Compass Cruises offers 2 spectacular outer barrier reef locations, bbq lunch, snorkeling equipment and boomnetting for $99.00 so it certainly is great value for money and the crew are great you can be sure to have a fun day on Compass Cruises.
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Reef Experience is Cairns only all-inclusive Great Barrier Reef day tour, this locally  owned and operated company offers so much for one price its hard to list all the options – they pick you up from your  Cairns city accommodation, BBQ bacon & egg burger for breakfast,  fast catamaran ride to the Outer Barrier Reef, 2 spectacular outer barrier reef locations, your choice of a certified dive, introductory dive or snorkel, wetsuit, glass bottom boat tour, bbq lunch, a wonderful informative Marine Biologist presentation –  it’s an amazing trip where you will feel like you have been on the reef with friends rather than a number on a manifest and the price is better than a lot of other Great Barrier Reef tours that don’t include all the extras that Reef Experience does cost is $185.00
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If you are looking at adding some wow factor to your Great Barrier Reef day tour Reef Experience has a wonderful product called Top Deck Club it comes with your own Great Barrier Reef guide – someone to get your equipment organised for you, to organise your lunch, to take you on your own personalised scuba dive or snorkel – I’m really not sure why everyone doesn’t do Top Deck Club its really is heaven on a stick !
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Reef Magic is pontoon operation, locally owned and operated. Reef Magic’s  Great Barrier reef tour is to an all-weather pontoon they have a semi submersible reef viewer, underwater observatory, you can take a scenic helicopter flight, relax on the spacious sundeck and even enjoy a reef massage – Reef Magic’s Great Barrier Reef day tour is ideal if you are not looking at getting in the water, also good for wheelchair users.  Reef Magic’s Great Barrier Reef tours do also include snorkeling, scuba diving, introductory diving and helmet diving.  Your Reef Magic Great Barrier Reef day tour includes hot and cold buffet lunch, 5 hours at Marine World, unlimited snorkeling, morning and afternoon tea
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No doubt you have come a long way to visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – many people only have a day to explore the Great Barrier Reef – if you are lucky enough to have more time than do yourself a real favor and stay overnight on the Great Barrier Reef it really is an amazing experience and one not to be missed!  Find out more information about a liveaboard tour on the best liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef – Reef Encounter