Australia’s Great Barrier Reef liveaboard snorkel tour
Skim across the Pacific Ocean and get up close and personal with the colorful and diverse Great Barrier Reef. This massive natural wonder of the world is home to countless species of tropical fish, mammals, coral and plenty other indigenous aquatic creatures. As the largest coral reef system on the planet, its reach wraps around most of the coast of Queensland. There are nearly 2,900 individual reefs in the chain and about 900 islands to explore.
With 1,500 species habituating the reef, no two visits are ever the same. Snorkelers can spot everything from angelfish and seahorses to leatherback turtles and spinner dolphins. With careful navigation, divers can peer into the animals’ natural habitats and coral clusters to get a good look at their everyday behaviors.
To encounter a truly immersive experience, why not forego the hotel and stay aboard a ship instead? This allows for houre of thrills and close run-ins at the reef with several full days of snorkeling. Live on the fully-equipped ship for a few days and be guided by the experts on almost a dozen dives throughout the holiday. Bond with other on the ship, have a private cabin to retire to at the end of the day, and enjoy fresh meals all while cruising through and around the Great Barrier Reef.
Snorkeling on one of these excursions is a wonderful introduction into Australia’s incredible aquatic activities, especially those found in the reefs. No experience is required and it often takes only a few tries to get the hang of using the fins and snorkeling mask. Everyone is in it together, so it can be a blast to learn alongside others, master the skill and take to the reefs to see some breathtaking natural sights. The ship is ideal for getting on and off the deck, making snorkeling a breeze. It also enables for some unique exploration because the ship can reach hotspots not accessible from the beach itself. Jump in, because the water is always temperate, clear and welcome to divers and snorkelers of all ages and abilities.
An added bonus of these tours is travelers can pack all their essentials for the snorkeling holiday and leave their expensive or bulky equipment at home. All gear can be rented on the ship, and other necessities like towels are provided as well. Snorkeling masks and fins are offered complimentary.