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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.



A one way helicopter flight from Cairns to the pontoon
AUD $395 / GBP £228


No experience necessary. Small group, maximum of 4 students per instructor. Opportunity for up to 3 dives in a day.
AUD $125 / GBP £72


A scuba-style experience without even getting your head wet!
AUD $125 / GBP £72


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 $45 / GBP £26


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 $175 / GBP £101

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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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  • ‘From the very first phone call we made they have delivered excellent service – friendly, reassuring, professional and nothing was too much for them to do’
    Mr & Mrs Payne, West Yorkshire

    Mr & Mrs Payne, Wonders of Australia
  • ‘Great holiday, we had the freedom to do our own thing when it suited as well as a range of excursions when we needed them. The Ghan train and the Great Barrier Reef experiences were first class’ Mr & Mrs Parry, Cheshire

    Mr & Mrs Parry, Wonders of Australia

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