There’s no better place to dive or snorkel than the world’s largest coral reef system.

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the most magical places in the world. With over 100 islands and almost 3000 individual reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is a remarkable place.

One of the biggest questions is whether diving or snorkelling is better to do at the Great Barrier Reef. Both activities are great opportunities to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Some tours allow you to have the chance to try out both, so that could be something to consider if you can’t decide.

But deciding can be difficult if you only have the time to do one. Keep reading to find out whether diving or snorkelling might be best suited for you!

Diving at the Great Barrier Reef

Reef diving

There are two different types of diving you can do on the Great Barrier Reef, scuba diving or helmet diving. Scuba diving is more popular than helmet diving, but with helmet diving you can walk along the seabed, and you don’t need to be a good swimmer!

Scuba diving allows you to go deeper into the water compared to snorkelling. When you’re diving, you have the chance to swim with all the marine creatures.

Though there may be an additional fee to go diving in the Great Barrier Reef and there is more training involved. Don’t let this stop you from giving it a go however if it’s something you always wanted to try! The experience is truly worth it and something you won’t ever forget.

Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef

Reef snorkelling

Snorkelling is one of the most popular activities to do on the Great Barrier Reef. Most tours of the Great Barrier Reef include snorkelling without an additional cost.

Snorkelling is relatively easy to learn and allows you to see the colourful corals and the range of sea creatures.

Book a small tour that includes a chance to snorkel for about four hours at Upolu Reef!

If you’re still undecided if it’s best to snorkel or dive on the Great Barrier Reef, book a pontoon tour! The tour includes snorkelling and there are additional upgrades to go helmet diving or scuba diving.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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