Whenever you plan your next trip, first of all, decide for yourself what your priorities are: active rest or a laid-back vacation. For an overtaxed brain, active vacation is the miracle pill. And we have a go-to option for your next vacation — snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef.
Being one of the Seven Wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef deserves to be on your bucket list. Among its tropical weather, paradise-looking sceneries, and rich marine life, you’ll find inner peace and inspiration. Let’s go into details and find out why this place is so magnetical!
Why Should You Try Coral Reef Snorkelling?
Coral reef snorkeling is reminiscent of the experience of visiting the oceanarium. But rather than observing marine life through the glass, you can see it in 4D, interact with it, navigate through schools of reef fish and colorful coral
What is snorkeling?
Snorkeling is swimming on the water’s surface, with the head and nose under the water, using a diving mask, snorkel, and diving fins. Unlike scuba diving, snorkeling requires no in-depth training. Even those who can’t swim can snorkel with a life jacket.
Why Choose the Great Barrier Reef for Snorkeling?
Once you visit the Great Barrier Reef, it will make you long for returning there again and again. This one of the largest coral reef systems is teeming with marine life. So, if snorkeling in a new fantastic place is on your bucket list, don’t waste your time and join a charter trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
The reef is located near the coast of Queensland, Australia. Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef pleases its visitors with remarkable tropical marine life and crystal clear waters.
Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef is a unique experience. Upon your arrival, dip yourself in the water with snorkeling equipment, and you’ll see a number of multicolored fish, stunning corals, and other marine life.
Since The Great Barrier Reef is a protected territory, it hasn’t been heavily affected by human activity. The Great Barrier Reef is a home for some of the unique animals on the planet. According to the National Geographics, “it hosts 5,000 types of mollusks, 1,800 species of fish, 125 kinds of shark”. Here are some of the unique species you can meet there:
- Dugong, which looks like a combination of an elephant, dolphin, and whale;
- Mantis Shrimp, an unusual shrimp with colorful crustacean and powerful claws;
- Clownfish, a colorful fish from the cartoon Finding Nemo;
- Whale Shark, the largest fish in the ocean;
- Giant Triton, a large sea snail;
- Green Turtle, a large and rare species;
- And also Manta Ray, Humpback Whale, Giant Clam, Blanket Octopus, and many others.
Best Snorkelling Sites on the Great Barrier Reef
- Lady Elliot Island
How to get there: This beautiful island is accessible by air. Go to the city called Bundaberg, take a plane trip, and after crossing 86 kilometers, you’re there. Or you can also go there by water, which is a nice way to pass time and enjoy incredible marine views onboard a superyacht Ragnar. It is a romantic and comfortable way to the world.
Except for having many brilliant snorkel spots, Lady Elliot Island is a perfect place for making marine life encounters, especially for those who want to spot the rare Manta Ray. Snorkeling with these huge but friendly creatures is an unforgettable experience. Besides, enjoy swimming alongside dolphins and turtles on the magnificent coral edges.
- Ribbon Reef
How to get there: Reach Port Douglas, and from there, you need 1.5 hours to sail to the Ribbon Reefs.
It’s actually not an island but a long stretch of 10 individual reefs. In total, it’s a 200 km stretch. Сhoose any of the reefs, and you’ll not be disappointed. It’s perfect for coral reef snorkeling, walking on the snowy white sand, or just taking photos.
The Ribbon Reefs can boast of immense biodiversity with numbers of colorful plate corals, barracudas, whitetip reef sharks, sweetlips, massive potato cod, and more. Here is the famous Cod Hole, where snorkelers observe spectacular marine life with 30-meter-deep water visibility.
- Fitzroy Island
How to get there: First, get to Cairns in North Queensland, and then, you can easily reach Fitzroy Island by boat.
This unspoiled island impresses with its jaw-dropping views and a range of fun activities. Walking along open woodland, pristine tropical rainforest, and coral beaches gives an eye-pleasing experience.
In this paradise, be sure to spot Reef Sharks, Manta Rays, Clown Fish, and whales. Fitzroy Island is a perfect place for active rest aficionados who enjoy walking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and coral reef snorkeling.
- Lizard Island
How to get there: You need to sail in the North-Eastern direction from Cairns, and you’ll quickly reach the destination.
Deserted islands and stunning tropical views of Lizard Island feels like a perfect vacation destination. It’s an utterly secluded island full of natural wonders, and here is one of the Great Barrier Reef’s dazzling dive points. While snorkeling, you’ll see over 350 species of colorful corals, rare Australian humpback dolphins, Manta Rays, and a lot of lively multicolored fish, both big and small.
- Flynn Reef
How to get there: Right from Crains, it takes 30 minutes to get there by boat.
Once you get to Flynn Reef, you’ll understand why snorkelers from all over the world flock to this wonderful place. With a number of bright corals, plenty of marine life, and many exploration opportunities, it is a perfect place for coral reef snorkeling. You can meet Clown Fish, Batfish, Nudibranchs, Butterflyfish, Trout, Lionfish, Barracuda, and many more.
- Green Island
How to get there: Reach Crains Island, and then head to the North-East. It takes 45 minutes by boat.
Here the pearl of the Great Barrier Reef is located: Marine Park. This coral reef ecosystem is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Its dazzling 6000-year-old coral clay is worthy of seeing. Besides corals, the Great Barrier Reef snorkeling allows you to see ancient sea turtles, Butterflyfish, Dugong, and many more.
- Michaelmas Cay
How to get there: This sand clay is located northeast of Cairns. It’s easily reachable by boat.
This small clay (around 360m long and 50m wide) is the perfect Great Barrier Reef snorkeling place. Once you dive your head under the water, an underwater playground rich with marine life opens up. Sea turtles, mollusks, various invertebrates, myriads of reef fish such as Humphead Maori Wrasse, giant clams, and many more are a great combination to observe underwater.
- Opal Reef
How to get there: Going north-east from Port Douglas, you’ll get Opal Reef in 1,5 hours.
Opal Reef is a large and shallow crescent-shaped reef. Snorkeling here is a fantastic experience since the reef remains secluded and protected from human activity. Its clear water means snorkelers can see a diversity of marine habitats. You can find lots of rare marine inhabitants here, such as Clown Fish, colored giant clams, Parrot Fish, Surgeonfish, stingrays, blue Chromis, and many others.
- Low Isles
How to get there: Reach Port Douglas, and then go north-east to get the Low Isles.
Though except for the bird population, this coral cay is uninhabited, it doesn’t matter since the most interesting thing is going underwater. For snorkelers, it’s a perfect place. With reefs that are very close to the island, snorkeling here is easy and exciting. Navigating through beautiful coral species, mollusks, sea cucumbers, schools of Parrotfish, Moon Wrasse, sweetlips, Rabbitfish, turtles is a fantastic experience.
How About the Great Barrier Snorkeling?
Upon reaching the Great Barrier Reef, it becomes clear that this area is so diverse and appealing that it’s hard to choose one destination. Coral reef snorkeling tour is the best way to explore this destination. Book Ragnar and embark on a tour across the Great Barrier Reef to have the best snorkeling experience. Let’s tame our wanderlust together!