The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most popular destinations in Australia and experiencing it first hadn’t should be on every backpackers bucket list.
But with so many options to choose from we know it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out the best Great Barrier Reef trip!
So we’ve put together a quick breakdown of the range of Great Barrier Reef trips to help you decide which is best for you!
The easiest and cheapest option to experience the Great Barrier Reef has to be the range of snorkel day trips. From large group boats like Evolution (the most expensive boat on the Reef!) through to smaller, more backpacker friendly boats like Island Diver there’s a huge range to choose from.
Our personal favourite though is Island Diver as it also stops at Sudbury Cay – a great spot for some awesome photos and sunbathing too!
Best for; those on a budget, non scuba divers
Intro Dive Trip
If snorkelling won’t quite cut it many dive boat also offer introductory scuba diving on their day trips too. This is the perfect way to experience the fun of scuba diving without having to do a full scuba dive course.
You’ll be guided through the basic skills with your experiences instructor who will then show you around underwater, to a max depth of 12m.
The bonus is that if you do decided to get your PADI open water your intro dive will also count towards it and be discounted off! Bargain!
Best for; those wanting to try scuba diving
If you’re really keen on your scuba diving and are already certified an overnight dive live aboard is the perfect way to enjoy maximum diving and make the most of what the reef has to offer.
Taking in multiple dive sites means you’ll also see more parts of the reef too.
If you’re looking at doing your open water course it’s worth taking the chance to upgrade so your open water dives are part of a live aboard – two bucket list items in one!
Best for; certified divers, those completing dive courses, those wanting to make the most of the reef
From The Air
For those who aren’t content with just sailing around on the Great Barrier Reef or snorkelling why not see it from another perspective and do a scenic flight – something which can easily be done from Cairns.
Or for those who want to go all out why not combine a boat trip to the reef with a scenic flight back? You can even combine an intro scuba dive and a scenic helicopter flight on the popular Down Under Cruise & Dive Get High Package!
Best for; those wanting to see even more of the reef, bucket list tickers
Have you visited the Great Barrier Reef?
Which option did you choose?