Things to do in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

The Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region is the closest gateway to the Great Barrier Reef - the world's largest, most spectacular coral reef system and the is the only living thing on earth visible from space.

Dazzle your senses with the rich variety of marine life and the brilliance of colours that defies description. Safe among the velvet-like mantles and plump tentacles of their hosts and clownfish are seen everywhere. Clouds of purple anthias flock like birds around the delicate, lace-like brances of gogonian sea fans while other species of butterfly fish, surgeon fish, parrot fish and trigger fish are beyond number.

You can experience the Great Barrier Reef on any level - diving, snorkelling, sailing, cruising, liveaboard vessels, kayaking, scenic flights and island hopping are a part of everyday life.

The underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef offers you a pleasure that can be found nowhere else. 

The Cairns and Great barrier Reef marine operators have Australia's largest and most comprehensive range of experiences concentrated in the one region. There is no place on earth better suited to the needs of each visitor seeking to leant to dive, do an introductory or certified dive over clusters of coral or a ship wreck or snorkelling. Or try Scuba-Doo or a helmet dive if you want to keep your hair dry.

With over 50 tours departing for the Great Barrier Reef and islands daily from Cairns, Port Douglas, Mission Beach and Cape Tribulation - the only hard part about getting to the Great Barrer Reef is deciding which boat to go on!

Tours and cruises to the Great Barrier Reef offer a range of activites including the underwater experiences of diving and snorkelling.

However for those who prefer to stay dry, you have the choice of spacious pontoons, tranquil sailing or a fast catamaran to a secluded island. You can still check out the coral and schools of florescent coloured fish or turtles in a semi-submersible and glass bottom boat, or take the scenic route in a helicopter or sea plane.

Escaping to a tropical island is not a dream, it's a reality. From uninhabited secluded retreats to lively islands full of day trippers, luxurious island resorts to beach camp sites; all of our 17 islands are pearls of the Great Barrier Reef. But don't just take our word work it. Come and see it for yourself.

Whether you are learning to dive, doing a liveaboard or travelling on a day boat snorkelling, diving or other top-side activities, safety and satisfaction are the key elements in the region's reputation as a premier destination.

All reef activities are conducted by caring and experienced professionals who place an emphasis on safe enjoyment by providing state-of-the-art equipment and training that is inline with the world's best practice.

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