Explore Cairns Reefs


Gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and epicentre of all Outer Great Barrier Reef Tours is the vibrant, multicultural city of Cairns.

Cairns Reefs  have long since been famous for snorkelers and scuba divers as the worlds leading Reef destination.

Along with being the closest city in proximity to picturesque Outer Great Barrier Reef locations, as seen on television and postcards across the globe.

Cairns Reefs offer a wonderful selection of the best reef tours that will suit every traveller’s ability and budget.

Location is key!

Cairns Reefs can be accessed in 30 minutes for an inner Cairns Reef tour and the faster vessels will have snorkelers, scuba divers and leisure seekers to the furthest Outer Cairns Reefs in little over an hour.

Cairns Reefs are so close to the Cairns coastline you can even catch some spectacular Great Barrier Reef views as you fly into Cairns Airport!

Easy access to the Outer Cairns Reefs has made the small, cultural City of Cairns stand out on the world map as a destination travelers can’t afford to miss!

Cairns Reef tours  offer everything from first time to advanced scuba diving destinations with day tours, liveaboard tours and island Great Barrier Reef destinations.

Across Australia, Cairns Reef is renowned as a haven for snorkelers.

Cairns Reefs provide colourful sheltered coral lagoons with shallow depths and more species of marine life than can be seen in any other wild marine habitat on the planet.

All year round, Cairns Reef offers visitors the opportunity to swim among schools of brightly coloured  tropical fish, encounter sea turtles in their natural habitat, observe mammals such as dolphins jumping over the waves and so much more.

Popular seasonal Cairns Reef activities include whale watching tours that operate between the months of June to September and Cairns Reef Coral Spawning in the month of November, when corals release their eggs to reproduce and the ocean is alive with activity.

Natural Beauty of Coral Reefs

One of nature’s beauties in this world’s waters is the coral reefs. 


Interesting Facts About the Cairns Reefs

The colours and formations will make you wonder how something so wondrous is made for us to experience.

Then to realize that these coral reefs are made up from a complex sea life will amaze you.

The structures of coral reefs are made of tiny animals forming colonies in sea waters that contain few nutrients.

The majority of coral reefs are built from stony coral that consist of polyps this will cluster in groups.

Sea anemones and these polyps are closely related but unlike sea anemones coral polyps secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons that support and protect their bodies.

These beautiful coral reefs grow in clear, sunny, shallow, warm, agitated waters that are often called the rainforests of the sea.

These reefs have the most diverse ecosystems on earth. 25% of marine life that include fish, crustaceans, sponge, molluscs and worms as well as other cnidarians call coral reefs their home.

With few nutrients in the oceans water it is a paradox how they survive and flourish.

Though most coral reefs are found in tropical water at a shallow depth there are deep and cold water coral reefs in other parts of the world.

They are in smaller scales but just as beautiful as the warm water coral reefs.

These reefs are fragile and need protection from people that will over fish them or damage them.

The damage comes from boat traffic and tours were people walk on them.

Urban running off from agricultural and water pollution will harm the reefs by encouraging excess algal growth.

It has also been found the tanning oil and other human products will kill off the tiny sea life the make of the reefs.

Humans are not the only dangers to the coral reefs.

There are also threats from nature, climate change and oceanic acidification.

Protection of this ecosystem is important also because they will deliver a number of services to the area the coral reefs are located such as tourism and fisheries as well as shoreline protection.

The estimated values of these coral reefs are in the billions, yes billions of dollars annually.

One of the most breathtaking coral reefs is the Great Barrier Reef.

This reef system is part of the World Heritage Sites and one the 7 wonders of the world.

So this is a must see coral reef that you have to experience up close.

The best way to this is to book a boat tour of the Great Barrier Reef; there are many different ways to do this tour in a boat.

Snorkeling and scuba diving is an option to really get a close look that the beauties of this natural wonder.

You may sail as well in sailing yachts that fit the needs and comforts for your personal pleasures.

So take the time to book which ever you choose to see the natural beauty of a coral reef.

The choice you make will be one of the best choices you have ever made.

Great Barrier Reef Cairns