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Top Things to do on the Great Barrier Reef

The World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure. The Whitsundays, in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef is the perfect location to base yourself and explore this aquatic wonderland. Here are our Top 6 Things to Do on the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Snorkelling & Diving
  • Overnight Sailing
  • Reefsuites & Reefsleep
  • Scenic flight over Heart Reef
  • GoBareboating
  • Day Tours

Snorkelling & Diving

The Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef are known for having some of the best diving and snorkelling locations worldwide, and visitors flock to the region to experience the stunning coral gardens. In The Whitsundays, you can snorkel with an abundance of marine life, including green turtles and manta rays and many different fish species, including parrot fish, sweet lip, and red emperor.

Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Whitsundays celebrity, George – a Humphead Maori Wrasse, who loves a photo op! – and of course the shy clownfish or “Nemo”, who hides in sea anemones. Many tours offer snorkelling or diving options as part of their itineraries with all equipment provided.

Overnight Sailing

Do as much or as little as you like as your crew navigate around the Whitsundays for you. Pull up the sails, take the helm, or simply lie on the deck and enjoy the view while your personal crew sets course. If you want to meet new people from around the world, an overnight sailing holiday is perfect. You will sail to the top destinations for beach-combing, snorkelling, diving and that perfect sunset.

ReefSuites and ReefSleep

Head to the Great Barrier Reef and explore the outer reef! And if one day just isn’t enough, Cruise Whitsundays offers you the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience under the stars with ReefSuites. Giving a whole new meaning to room with a view, the ReefSuites are the first underwater accommodation on the Great Barrier Reef and offer a front-row seat to this dazzling underwater world!

Want to sleep under the stars? Check out the two day/one night encounter ReefSleep! Just you, the ocean and the sky above!

Scenic Flight over Heart Reef

A world of tropical wonder viewed from a seaplane, light aircraft, or helicopter? Yes please! Be sure to add a scenic flight over Heart Reef to your itinerary. A stunning natural composition of coral in the perfect shape of a heart, it is located in Hardy Reef.

Heart Reef has been the site of many proposals and declarations of love over the years. If planning on making the ultimate romantic gesture during a scenic flight over this iconic landmark, let your pilot know your plans and they'll be able to help combine this memorable experience with your momentous occasion.


Bareboating (skipper yourself) sailing is the kind of holiday that gets addictive!  Imagine waking up in a secluded bay on an uninhabited island, framed by the beaches and tropical trees. You don your wetsuit and fins, grab a snorkel and goggles and hop in the water for a quick snorkel before breakfast. Someone might turn on the onboard BBQ and whip up some bacon and eggs for brekky, before picking up anchor and heading off to the next location for the day.

Day Tours

Short on time but still want to see the best of the Great Barrier Reef and immerse yourself in its natural beauty? Take a day tour by water or by air!

Swim, snorkel and scuba dive with thousands of brightly coloured fish and the diverse corals of the outer Great Barrier Reef, and witness diverse marine life including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

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