Without a doubt on every traveller’s bucket list

You’re casually sitting back on the beach looking out into the endless ocean.

The sun is out, and you’ve got a sneaky beer in hand, and you are wondering what’s out there.
Of course, you know that a short trip off the coast will have you floating atop the best reef in the world.

But such is the profound beauty of the coral and fish of all sizes swimming past; you will never honestly know what’s out there until you see it for yourself.

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Fun Day on the Great Barrier Reef

There are many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, with all tours differing from price to what they offer.
Although this could seem to make the decision harder, we have narrowed the choice down to three tour companies here.

Whether it is an excellent budget option, great day tours or ‘liveaboards’, the possibilities are there.
Likewise, if you are just keen for a snorkel or are a certified scuba diver, there is a reef tour for all experience levels.

So let’s start with Compass Tours

With Cairn’s best value reef trip, Compass Tours offers a complete day tour to the reef.

But don’t mistake the cheaper price for lack of quality; this is a genuinely excellent budget option.
With a boat smaller than the big cats that take out other would-be divers, there is a much more intimate feel than on other tours.

Passenger numbers are smaller so you can spend more time with the crew, which enhances both the level of safety and also the fun to be had.

That is what makes Compass Tours a great option, with smaller numbers, there is a fantastic social atmosphere to the trip at a much lower price than some of the larger tour companies.

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Compass Cruises



Reef Experience is another tour company perfect for a day out on the reef

Reef Experience is the only all-inclusive reef tour group in Cairns and also offers a free scuba dive and Resort Dive certificate afterwards.
Those who have taken the trip rave about the food and the friendly, professional crew.

With six hours of unlimited snorkelling, breakfast and lunch included and crew that will happily help even the more hesitant of first time divers, pairing up with Reef Experience is a great way to see all that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

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Reef Experience


Sleeping on the reef with Reef Encounter

Nothing compares with staying on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Reef Encounter has packages for everyone you can  snorkel, relax in a deck chair, learn to scuba dive, try a resort dive or for certified divers book one of our scuba dive packages

Reef Encounter turns a simple dive trip into an incredible getaway, a holiday in itself.

Imagine being able to wake up on the water and view the sunrise, all while on location with the beautiful surrounding ocean.
Offering six water sessions every day, including at spots on the outer reef, there will never be a dull moment.

Include to that mix a liveaboard chef, multiple room options to suit groups, couples and singles and let’s not forget the sundeck to relax while you’re not swimming, this is the ultimate floating hotel.

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Sleep on the Reef on Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is also looking for enthusiastic and helpful travellers to stay on as a hostie after their trip with Reef Encounter.

Hosts and Hostesses will perform light duties and in return, be provided with free food and accommodation plus priceless free access to the Great Barrier Reef.

The perfect way to make the most of your Great Barrier Reef experience, to experience it all over again without spending a dime.

The Great Barrier Reef is a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience in one of the most incredible areas of the world, and no trip to Australia will be complete without seeing it for yourself.

So stop wondering what is out there off the coast, go find out and live on with the incredible memories.

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Welcome to the stunning Great Barrier Reef