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Great Barrier Reef Holidays

Great Barrier Reef holidays offer the chance to reconnect with mother nature through the natural wonder of the coral sea. Whether you’re diving with turtles, spotting tropical fish or taking in the breath-taking view of the coral reef, there is so much to explore in this thriving natural world. 

There are so many ways to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving from the mainland of Cairns or Port Douglas gives you a close and unforgettable experience in the coral sea. 

Whether you’re an experienced diver or a complete novice, everyone has the chance to experience the dazzling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t fancy diving? Try one of the mainland’s glass bottom boat tours – a perfect way to get close to the area’s colourful marine life, without getting your feet wet.

Natural wonders on your Great Barrier Reef holidays

Explore a range of reef activities in just one place with a day trip on one of the outer reef pontoons, which are permanently moored in the coral sea. From here you can experience the marine life through snorkelling, diving or underwater viewing areas, as well as relaxing on the sun deck and enjoying a tasty selection of food and drinks. With child-friendly swimming areas and marine touch tanks, this day trip is perfect for the family. 

If you’re feeling more adventurous you can always charter your own yacht for the day. This way you can be in control of your own adventure as you explore the natural wonders of the area. In the evening, enjoy the peaceful experience of sunset sailing from Port Douglas. With the tropical sunset and tranquil atmosphere, this trip is perfect for couples.

During your Great Barrier Reef holiday, you can find luxurious accommodation on the mainland in both Cairns and Port Douglas. With waterfront properties, five star hotels and luxury resorts, both Cairns and Port Douglas offer breath-taking views at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. For an intimate escape, explore the islands in the coral sea, where you can explore nature right on your doorstep. With immediate access to the dazzling waters of the coral sea, both Lizard Island and Heron Island offer a chance to sleep, explore and relax on white sand beaches, while the Whitsunday Islands are perfect for honeymooners to access the romantic Heart Reef. 

Destination Highlights
  • The Great Barrier Reef is bursting with marine life: spot green turtles, manta rays, coral, giant clams and tropical fish
  • Stay in the tropical mainland of Cairns or Port Douglas, or explore the island paradise of Lizard Island or Heron Island
  • Explore the magic of the reef through a variety of boat tours, including pontoon day trips or evening sunset sailing
  • Discover the underwater world when snorkelling and scuba diving, or glimpse the reef by air in scenic helicopter flights