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Great Barrier Reef – Optional activities during included full day tour

Included in our Australian itineraries is a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll be amazed by its magical marine life and colourful coral from the moment you step off your catamaran and out onto the Marine World platform located on the Outer Reef.

For a closer look at this World-Heritage Listed site, why not opt to snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon? If you’d prefer not to take a dip, you can always view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory.
If you’d like to discover everything there is to know about the Great Barrier Reef, there are a number of activities available at an additional Tour Guideline Price, including scuba diving (no experience necessary). Alternatively, you can join a Marine Biologist on a guided snorkel safari, or head to the skies and soar above the reef on a spectacular scenic helicopter flight.





No experience necessary. Small group, maximum of 4 students per instructor. Opportunity for up to 3 dives in a day.
AUD $129 / GBP £72



A scuba-style experience without even getting your head wet!
AUD $129 / GBP £72



Perfect for the beginners. Join a Marine Naturalist in small groups and learn more about the reef.  Explore the sheltered coral lagoon with expert snorkelling assistance and instruction available at all times.
(approx 30 minutes)
AUD $39 / GBP £22



Suitable for snorkellers who are comfortable in the water, you have the opportunity to explore even further utilising the dedicated snorkel boat.

Drift snorkel the spectacular outer reef wall with a Marine Biologist. The extensive coral formations and huge schools of fish have to be seen to be believed!
(approx 50 minutes)
AUD $49 / GBP £28


DIVING (Certified Diving qualification required)

A dedicated dive tender takes you to a selection of drift, wall & channel dives including swim through, small caves, ledges & drop offs. These are private locations only accessible to Marine World visitors so you are ensured a unique dive experience.

Sites are chosen to suit the weather conditions on the day and take in to account the experience of the divers. With 5 hours actual reef time, you can potentially take up to 3 completely different dives in a day.

All dives are professionally guided for your safety and enjoyment, which also gives you more time to take in the beauty of your surroundings without the need to navigate.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a dive buddy, you will be paired up with someone of similar ability or the dive master will buddy with you themselves.

Don’t forget your log book so you can record your Great Barrier Reef experience!
AUD$79 / GBP £44



A breathtaking alternative to in-water activities and coral viewing vessels is to soar above it all in a helicopter for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef! From the moment you lift off, uninterrupted panoramic views provide a unique perspective of this stunning World Heritage Listed location. The turquoise waters of the Coral Sea are alive with extensive coral formations. Spot turtles, rays, reef sharks and schooling fish.
AUD $189 / GBP £106


Useful Information

Tour Guideline Price:


Activity Level:

Mild/Moderate/Active (dependent on choice of activity).  If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, we recommend that you liaise with your GP to check suitability.


Please note: All optional excursion descriptions represent a typical itinerary and will not necessarily operate exactly as outlined. Distant Journeys reserves the right to change the local operators at short notice if deemed necessary and appropriate.


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