Depart Cairns on a fast catamaran, which provides a smooth 1.5-hour ride a shorter travel time than other boats, leaving you more of the day to enjoy on the outer Great Barrier Reef.
When you arrive at Marine World, begin your exploration of the UNESCO-listed reef, a complex and diverse ecosystem home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 400 types of coral, 200 types of birds, and 20 types of reptiles. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving with a certified dive (up to three dive sites) or introductory session (no experience necessary), or join the on-board marine biologist for a guided snorkeling safari (diving and guided snorkeling at your own expense). You can also enjoy a session with the marine biologist, who points out resident fish like “Wally,” the Maori wrasse. You can even stay dry and view the marine life from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass-bottom boat, or underwater observatory. Optional activities (own expense) include a helmet dive for a scuba-style experience up to 3 meters deep, or a scenic helicopter flight for an aerial adventure over the reef. Or, simply relax and enjoy the tropical weather on the sundeck.
• Reef Magic Cruises, Cairns, Queensland Australia
• Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia