Nine Amazing Ways to Experience the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland
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If you are looking for a way to forget the stress of the year and want to immerse yourself in a tropical getaway this summer, there is no better place to get away from it all than the Great Barrier Reef. From novice divers to diehard divers, everyone will find an experience off the coast of tropical North Queensland to work out.
You may encounter green turtles and manta rays, spot an abundance of mesmerizing corals, and give Nemo a little nod in its natural habitat. With northerly winds bringing calmer seas and incredible water clarity, there’s no better time to witness the magic of the reef than in summer.
ENTER THE SEA WITH FIRST NATIONS GUIDES
If your idea of a perfect day in the ocean is seeing beautiful reefs and having an insightful connection with the sea, put Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel on your itinerary. Offering a unique experience, this local team will invite you to enter the Dreamtime of the Great Barrier Reef.
As you visit an array of unique reefs in tropical north Queensland, you will be accompanied by First Nations sea guards who are passionate sea lovers, with a focus on reef preservation and sustainable tourism. With Dreamtime, you’ll spend the day snorkeling some of the world’s best reefs and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions and the cultural connection to the region.
DEPARTURE IN VLASOFF CAY FOR AN EXCLUSIVE MEETING OF REEF
An exclusive experience awaits you with this lush trip to Vlasoff Cay, a jewel in the crown of the Great Barrier Reef. This sandy bay, with 360-degree views of the world-famous reef, is also accessible by boat, but the luxury experience is from the air. But to see the views from above, book a full-day roundtrip helicopter trip with eco-certified Nautlius Aviation reef enthusiasts.
You can spend hours with the sand between your toes, snorkeling, and indulging in a gourmet picnic basket while wiping yourself in the mild tropical air. The Cay is a popular destination, so make the most of the summer months and avoid the crowds.
ISLAND HOP ON BOARD THE MISSION BEACH WATER TAXI
IIf you’ve been dreaming of tropical islands since seeing Leonardo Di Caprio in the 2000 movie The beach, it’s high time to let the Mission Beach Water Taxi bring your dreams to life. Not only will you be able to visit some of the islands in Family Islands National Park, but you will also be able to do so by visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
To discover these incredible islands in tropical north Queensland, hop aboard the Three Island Tour of the Mission Beach Water Taxi. You’ll spend the afternoon roaming the islands and learning about the history of the area before stopping for an afternoon swim at a secret beach. And, if an afternoon on the islands isn’t enough, consider a luxury stay at Bedarra Island or get even closer to nature with an overnight camp on Dunk Island. And if you’re wondering how you’re going to get back to the mainland the next day, the Water Taxi is here for you.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE WITH AROONA LUXURY BOAT CHARTERS
Grab eight of your closest friends and hop aboard Aroona for a totally luxurious reef experience. Whether you’re exploring the reef on a day trip or escaping the mainland for a seven-day evening, Aroona Luxury Boat Charters is the experience of your own dream adventure.
Want a busy getaway with fishing and kite-surfing, or a quieter pace with snorkeling and sipping cocktails on the upper deck? Fortunately, Aroona enjoys a flexibility and an abundance of options that are synonymous with the region. And there’s no better way to see the summer rainfall over the rainforest than from the deck as you cruise to Fitzroy Island.
SAIL TO THE GREEN ISLAND
Green Island is the premier destination for the rainforest and ocean combination that Tropical North Queensland is famous for. As its name suggests, it is the only bay in the Great Barrier Reef that boasts tropical forest as well as pristine sands. Additionally, Ocean Free is the only tour operator in Cairns that offers a personal reef and island sailing tour.
Ocean Free offers a tour with an exclusive reef mooring on the island. Taking a highly personalized approach, Ocean Free lets you decide how to spend your day. Snorkel right from the boat, try your hand at an introductory dive, or spend the day exploring the island’s rainforest. Then, return aboard Ocean Free to relax and marvel at Green Island over a hearty lunch.
EXPLORE THE REEF FROM THE SHORES OF TROPICAL ISLANDS
A day trip to the Frankland Islands Reef Cruises will take you to more places in a day than you could visit in a week anywhere else in the world. And, his tour includes the shortest open water crossing to the Cairns Reef, ideal for those prone to seasickness.
Start the day with a quick coach trip from Cairns through the UNESCO-listed rainforest mountains to the Mulgrave River. Here, the luxurious riverboat will transport you downstream and across the sea to your base on Normanby Island. Then the day is yours to explore this secluded island in the national park. You can snorkel right by the beach or explore the reef and marine life further afield on a guided snorkel safari experience. And be sure to take the island tour with the tour marine biologist who will help you discover the diverse wildlife that thrives in the island’s rainforest and rock pools.
STAY DRY AT CAIRNS AQUARIUM
If you are looking for childhood wonders and vast marine knowledge then the Cairns Aquarium is ideal. Home to over 16,000 specimens and ten different ecosystems, the aquarium is a window into the flora and fauna that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef – and it’s only steps away from the bustling Cairns Esplanade.
Get inspired by daily ecosystem discussions, animal presentations, live dive feeds, and marine tactile broadcasts. Or, if a day of underwater wonders leaves your stomach rumbling, head to the Dundee Aquarium Restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal on the Daintree Bridge and watch the warm tropical rain fall under a shower afterwards. midday.
CAPTURE COLORFUL SEA CREATURES OFF PORT DOUGLAS
If you’re a snorkeling fan, hop aboard Calypso Reef Cruises for an unforgettable, eco-friendly experience off Port Douglas. Relax on Calypso’s dedicated snorkeling boat, offering comfortable daybeds and spacious decks, before donning your gear and encountering the world’s most exquisite marine life.
Opal Reef’s vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life can be seen just yards from the water’s surface, making it accessible to most swimming skill levels. The tricky part will be counting how many giant clams, stingrays, green turtles, and clownfish you see.
DIVE ON A MULTI-DAY DIVING TRIP
This multi-day onboard experience is the perfect oceanic getaway for accredited open water divers. Offering trips of three, four and seven days, Spirit of Freedom will take you to Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and Osprey Reef, some of the most awe-inspiring diving destinations in the world.
Experience shark dives, sheer walls dotted with soft corals, manta rays, and abundant and luminous tropical reefs rich in biodiversity, paired with hotel-quality amenities and first-class dining on this lush getaway. And, did we mention the three decks of the boat that you can relax on? They are perfect for a quick afternoon trip before heading out for a twilight dive.
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Posted on 03 November 2021 by