Snorkelling is one of the best ways to see the Great Barrier Reef up close.

Great Barrier Reef

Over 2 million people visit the Great Barrier Reef each year. The natural wonder can be seen from many locations along the eastern coast of Australia!

One of the best ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef is by getting in the water. Snorkelling allows you to see the reefs from just below the surface of the water. As you swim around the reefs, you get to see a variety of coral and a wide range of marine life.

So, what are the best spots for Great Barrier Reef snorkelling? Here are our top three.

1. Snorkelling from Cairns

A great location to explore the Great Barrier Reef is from Cairns. We offer a range of tours that depart from Cairns and explore the magical underwater world.

Tours departing from Cairns visit a range of different reefs every day. The reefs visited depend on the weather and other conditions. Because of this, you are guaranteed to experience the best snorkelling available on the day of your tour!

You can join a day trip and spend the entire day snorkelling. Our Great Barrier Reef Deluxe Tour also includes a dive, allowing you to explore even deeper below the water’s surface.

Alternatively, you can join a multi-day tour from Cairns and spend two or three days aboard the boat. On a multi-day liveaboard tour, you will have the unique opportunity to discover even more reef sites. The multi-day tour is truly the opportunity of a lifetime!

2. Snorkelling from Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is another fantastic location for Great Barrier Reef snorkelling. You can embark on a day trip to Fitzroy Island from Cairns, or you can stay at the resort on the island.

Whether you take a tour or go on your own, there are many opportunities for snorkelling on Fitzroy Island. You are able to hire snorkel gear and join a guided snorkelling tour on Fitzroy Island. If you don’t want to get directly into the water, you can try your hand at kayaking or paddle boarding.

When you are not in the water, take a stroll through the rainforest and lounge on the beach!

3. Snorkelling from Green Island

Green Island

Another great location for snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is Green Island. You can join a day trip to Green Island from Cairns, or you can visit on your own. If you decide to visit Green Island for multiple days, you can stay at the gorgeous coastal resort.

Similar to Fitzroy Island, you are able to enjoy a variety of activities on this stunning island. Enjoy some beautiful snorkelling or diving opportunities or relax on the beach in this tropical paradise.

After a day of snorkelling, explore the lush island forest or watch the beautiful sunset from the beach.

Regardless of which of these locations you choose, you will have an unforgettable experience exploring the Great Barrier Reef!

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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