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20 October
WRITTEN BY Holly

How to see the Great Barrier Reef

You may be thinking, well duh you can see the Great Barrier Reef if you go diving or snorkelling in Cairns and in saying this, you'd be partly right but also partly surprised to know that we're about to give you a few other ways to see this natural beauty!

 

The Great Barrier Reef 100% has to be on your Aussie bucket list – if it’s not, what are you playing at! It’s an epic spot, it’s one of the seven wanders of the world and it’s incredibly easy to access and we’re gonna tell you how…

Spending a day at the GBR is a guaranteed day of full on mermaid fun – when you visit you will see exactly what I mean. The place is out of this world. Whether you’re a pro at diving, just love a good ol’ snorkel, wanna get your PADI certificate in the bag or are feeling a little more daring and want to see the reef from the sky – yup, you heard me right – then keep on reading and we will let you know exactly how to do it!

Grab you fins and snorkel (or parachute) and lets gooooooo…

 

Scuba Dive or Snorkel

Whether you’re a keen snorkeler or a certified diver, the Down Under reef trip is perfect for all abilities.

They offer guided reef tours, intro dives and have all the kit on board, so all you have to do is show up in the morning and you’re GOLDEN!

You do not need any prior diving experience to attend this tour, just jump straight on in and enjoy the view.

Plus, if you opt for the Down Under tour, you will get the opportunity to hop in a helicopter and see the reef from above – but more on that later…

 

Down Under Cruise & Dive - Evolution Cruise - Snorkel



Day Trip

Want to make the most of every single millisecond of being at one of the seven wonders of the world? Stupid question really – of course you do. The best way to do so is hop on a day tour and cruise around the reef allll day long.

The Passions of Paradise tour takes you out to the reef on a sailing catamaran – how cool is that!

Once you’ve cruised out, your day will then consist of sick diving spots, incredible views, fun, bants, education and some banging food.

 

Passions Of Paradise - Full Day Great Barrier Reef Tour



Get your PADI Certificate

What better place to get your PADI open water certificate than at the Great Barrier Reef – now that’s a story to tell your mates when you get home.

This Pro Dive tour is suitable for those who have never learnt to dive before and want to gain a PADI open water qualification.

You’ll have an experience like no other. After the 2 days spend in the classroom and in the pool doing all of your training, you’ll then head out onto the reef where you’ll spend 3 days and 2 nights living and diving on the Great Barrier Reef! Sounds amazing right!

 

 

Pro Dive - Padi Learn to Dive inc Liveaboard



Liveaboard Pro Dive

If you already have a PADI qualification and are a certified diver and want to dive on the reef then you’ve come to the right place.

This trip consists of a 3 day 2 night diving session on the outer reef whilst on a liveaboard boat.

These boats are the bomb! They are purpose built for liveboard snorkelling and diving adventures – so air con, beds, lounge areas, they’ve got it all.

 

Pro Dive - Outer Reef Liveaboard - Diving



Scenic Flight by Helicopter

Ok, gonna get a bit buojee on you now – you ready…It is possible to book a heli tour over the GBR! Sick right!?

After a day of snorkelling on the reef below, take to the skies and take in the sites from a brand new angle! Pure bucket list material this!

 

Down Under Cruise & Dive - Evolution 'Get High' Package - Snorkel



Skydive at Mission Beach

Bet you didn’t think this would be an option…

Well, the GBR actually spans over 2,300 ft, so you can see the reef in places other than Cairns.

If you’re feeling brave and want to tick off 2 experiences in one – Mission Beach is an epic place to see the reef from the skies.

Just picture it, the Great Barrier Reef from 15,000ft – amazing!

 

Skydive Australia - Mission Beach Tandem Skydive up to 15,000ft



I hope my tips and tricks encourage you to consider exactly how you're going to tick the Great Barrier Reef off your Aussie bucket list. The place is incredible and an absolute must see - make the most out of every single second that you are there and most importantly, enjoy yourself RatPack Style. Yewwwwwwwwwwwwww Holly (RPT Blog Writer) - Stay Tuned for my next piece…

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