The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and measures more than 2200 kilometers (just over 1400 miles). You can sail, dive, snorkel, and swim in this impressive and stunning living masterpiece.

The Great Barrier Reef offers great adventures and is home to widely varied marine life and coral of the greatest vivid colors.

No matter whether you travel on a budget or in luxury, you’ll be very impressed when you explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, discover the ancient and stunning Daintree Rainforest, or take a relaxing break on one of the luxurious tropical islands like Lizard or Hayman.

You can go island-hopping or enjoy a relaxing stay in one fantastic coastal getaways like Hervey Bay, Cairns, Port Douglas, or Mission Beach.

You can easily get there through International flights into Cairns International Airport, and domestically you can fly into Hamilton Island or into Townsville or Proserpine airports on the mainland. The main gateway town for most Whitsundays island resorts is Airlie Beach, located just a 30-minute bus ride away from Proserpine Airport.

You can enjoy the area by sailing through the more than 70 idyllic Whitsundays islands, stay in one of the many island resorts along the warm, clear waters of the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef, or experience and view and experience the area’s stunning marine life, both under and over the water. There are fortunately great efforts underway to save this great natural wonder.

Check out a few of these great options:

Skydiving above the Whitsunday Islands – Experience long-lasting memories when you’ll be seeing the Great Barrier Reef from the air, a mind-blowing viewing perspective. This is one of the world’s most picturesque skydive drop zones and you can experience this great thrill while experienced instructors handle the parachutes.

You can sleep out on The Reef – Adventure seekers can take a dive and snorkeling cruise of a few says. Dive vessels will take you to one of the area’s phenomenal dive sites and to marvel at a wide variety of marine life. There are also night diving offerings so you can take a closer look at unique marine life that can never be seen during the day.

Michaelmas Cay Cruises – You can also visit the Great Barrier Reef on board a 32 meter (105 ft.) catamaran that takes you from Cairns to beautiful Michaelmas Cay. Here you have the chance to snorkel and dive surrounded by turtles and the most colorful fish. You can also lie on the boat’s deck to enjoy the marine life underneath the glass-bottomed boat or soak up the warm sun.

Agincourt Reef Cruises – You can take a fascination cruise journey to the impressive and renowned Agincourt Reef. This truly is a magnificent ribbon reef that’s situated on the Great Barrier Reef’s edge.

You have the chance to dive, snorkel in an unbelievable underwater world that’s filled with a stunning kaleidoscope of brilliance and color. You are expected to behave environmentally conscious as there are so many threats to destroy this precious area. 

Whitsundays Sailing Trips – It’s a great romantic experience to sail along the Whitsunday Islands, and you’ll marvel at spectacular sunsets, the most stunning moonlit nights, and you’ll be caught by the pure air and the most beautiful secluded beaches. This is a great area for sailing, swimming, snorkeling, and diving at sheltered sites such as Butterfly, Blue Pearl, or Hook Island bays.

Check out Daydream Island and get close to Stingrays – On Daydream Island you can check out the unique man-made Living Reef and hand-feed the very friendly young stingrays. Seasoned marine biologists explain these amazing creatures’ life cycles and how to best handle sea cucumbers and starfish.

Daydream Island’s Living Reef comprised 2650 sq. meters (over 28,000 sq. feet) and houses almost 150 species of sea fish and more than 80 species of different coral.