Without a doubt on every travellers 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 truly know what’s out there until you see it for yourself.

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

Whether it is a nice budget option, great day tours or ‘liveaboards’ the options 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 smaller price for a lack of quality; this is a truly great 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. This enhances both the level of safety and also the fun to be had.

If you have done a boat cruise before you will know the best ones are always defined by the people you spent it with.
That is what makes Compass Tours a great option, with smaller numbers there is a fantastic social atmosphere to the trip at a much smaller price than some of the larger tour companies.

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

Although a larger boat it remains a great option for those looking to see the reef without blowing too much money.

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 personable nature of the crew.

They have professional photographers on board to capture your experience out on the reef.

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.



Sleeping on the reef with Reef Encounter

Nothing compares with staying on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Book your Great Barrier Reef Sleep …. Snorkel, Scuba dive or Learn to Scuba Dive

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 morning sunrise all whilst 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 live aboard chef, multiple room options to suit groups, couples and singles and let’s not forget the sundeck to relax whilst you’re not swimming, this is the ultimate floating hotel.

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.

This is 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 an immeasurable 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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