One of the world’s most popular attractions is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. All year round, tourists flock to the city of Cairns to experience this magical wonder. However, many often ask if it’s possible to enjoy most of the Great Barrier Reef in a day. So, let us reassure you by saying you can – some Great Barrier Reef day tours give you the option to do it all, so there’s no need to worry about missing out. To give you a little taste of what to expect we’ve listed some of the amazing activities to do at the Great Barrier Reef, all of which you can fit into less than 12 hours.



Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef has always been one of the most popular activities. It’s an easier way to explore under the sea’s surface, and with clear blue waters, the views are really something else. Tours provide both the equipment and assistance to those new to snorkeling, so you don’t need to worry about preparing yourself beforehand. This simple water activity is a great way to get stuck in and enjoy the reef’s corals and marine life.


Scuba Diving

The Scuba Diving excursions are a fantastic way to immerse yourself amongst the marine life and fully appreciate how phenomenal the reef is. The reef has the largest concentration of marine life than anywhere else on the planet, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to dive down and unearth the wonders below.


Snorkel Safari

If you’d like to learn more about the reef’s sea life, one of our favourite activities at the Great Barrier Reef include the guided Snorkel Safari. For this activity, you will be guided around the reef by a marine specialist who will uncover so much more about the incredible marine life before you.

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Glass Bottom Boat

The moment you step foot onto your boat, the discovery of the Great Barrier Reef begins. The glass bottom boats are a fun and relaxing way to see what lies beneath. The captivating sights are a great to keep you entertained between activities – and means not a second of your day will be wasted as there’s always a spectacular sight right beneath your feet.


Underwater Observatory

The Underwater Observatory is the perfect place to experience life underwater without getting wet. If diving and snorkeling isn’t your thing, but you still seek the need to experience the reef at its finest, the underwater observatory won’t disappoint.


Boat Cruise

The Great Barrier Reef trips don’t have to be all action. You can also relax and unwind in this beautiful setting by sunbathing on the top deck of a boat cruise.


Scenic Flight

While the majority of the Great Barrier Reef activities are water based, you can also try something a little different and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef from a birds-eye view during a scenic flight.


These are just some of our favourite experiences that can be done in a day, but of course, there are many more activities you can enjoy at the Great Barrier Reef. The memories made at this incredible natural wonder will stay with you forever – so explore and make sure you make the most of your magical day at the Great Barrier Reef.