Great Barrier Reef Trips
Known as the gateway to the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is the ideal destination to embark on your very first reef experience while in Australia. From here you can venture to the Outer Reef of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The Whitsundays are conveniently located on the eastern coast of Queensland, approximately 1,100 kilometres north of Brisbane and 600 kilometres south of Cairns. There are daily flights to the Whitsundays through major airlines from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Getting to the region is just as easy as booking your tour to the reef, and there are some fantastic options to choose from.
Here are the top Great Barrier Reef Trips on offer right now from the Whitsundays:
The popular day trip is a great choice for travellers who are short on time but still want to experience the magic of the Outer Reef with snorkelling gear and lunch included. Cruise Whitsundays takes passengers to their pontoon for a day of activities that includes snorkelling, scuba diving, an underwater viewing chamber and a semi-submersible boat (some of these activities are of extra charge).
The only tour of its kind, Reefsleep offers the unique opportunity to visit and sleep at the famous Reefworld pontoon for the night. With 30 guests in total, this incredible experience allows you to see the reef come alive at night and enjoy plenty of water-based activities including snorkelling and diving throughout the day.
The only overnight sailing vessel is Kiana which takes 14 guests on an exciting 3 day and 2 night trip around the Whitsunday Islands and the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Kiana features scuba diving (with 1 free dive), snorkelling, private cabins and air-conditioning and is a great option for those wanting a smaller sailing group.
Seaplane Reef Adventure
As the name states, this reef adventure takes guests to new heights with a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and northern Whitsunday Islands, followed by 2 hours at the private glass bottom boat with coral viewing and snorkelling. Groups are limited to 22 people making this a more intimate reef day trip.
READ MORE ABOUT WAYS TO SEE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF HERE