See Australia’s Great Barrier Reef live on a snorkel tour

Explore the Great Barrier Reef with a snorkel

With a snorkel mask and a set of fins you can explore the largest living reef

Great Barrier Reef snorkel liveboard

Maybe you don’t swim that well, but want to experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef?

If this is the case, you can still find adventure at the Great Barrier Reef with snorkeling trips in Cairns, Although you aren’t diving to deep depths, when you snorkel in Cairns, you’ll still have an excellent experience.

Plus, there’s no need to take courses prior to snorkeling Cairn’s reefs.

As long as you know how to swim, you’re able to snorkel.

With minimal to no instruction, you’re able to begin exploring the many snorkeling sites in Cairns.

Snorkel tours in Cairns take you to Green Island, which offers cool and clear waters for maximum visibility.

Green Island is a wonderful coral cay surrounded by white sandy beaches and island rainforest for beauty above and below the water’s surface. The coral reefs at Green Island offer hard and soft coral in vibrant colours.

You’ll swim right next to a diversity of marine life.

Green Island is the perfect place to have a relaxing day snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a stunning array of animals ranging from whales that weigh more than 100 tonnes to microscopic plankton and corals in colours than one can’t even imagine.

To have the chance to visit our Great Barrier Reef is one certainly not to be missed

Norman Reef is an excellent scuba and snorkeling site in Cairns.

Great Barrier Reef snorkel tour
snorkel with turtles

Here, you’ll be surrounded by marine life large and small. Maori wrasse, moray eels, giants clams and sea turtles frequent the waters, as well as blue spotted rays and red bass.

If you take a Great Barrier Reef snorkel tour in Cairns during winter, you’re likely to see Minke whales in the area.

Should you decide to scuba dive, there are many excellent caves and swim-throughs to explore.

Great Barrier Reef snorkeling
Great Barrier Reef snorkeling


Michaelmas Cay is a low lying sand cay with a beautiful fringing reef.

The cay is rich in marine life, including green sea turtles, molluscs and hundreds of tropical fish.

A frequent visitor to the cay is the Humphead Maori Wrasse, as well as giant clams.

Michaelmas Cay hosts plentiful vegetation in addition to the coral gardens.

Not only will you see beautiful marine life below the water’s surface at the cay, but it’s also a sea bird habitat– home to more than 23 sea birds.

From both above the water and below, you’ll have a great time.

With a number of snorkel trips in Cairns, you have a number of snorkel sites available to explore.

For the best time possible, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef!


Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tips

  • Don’t touch any marine life – some coral and fish can sting or cut you
  • know where your fins are at all times to avoid kicking up sand or the reef
  • keep your arms by your side or across your chest
  • keep horizontal in the water while near or above the reef
  • wear a wetsuit its a wonderful aid to protect you from sunburn and coral cuts it also helps you to float
  • Relax and take  your time moving slowly and deliberately in the water
  • Do not litter

How to wear a mask

When holding your mask to your face breath in through your nose when the mask seals perfectly it will stay in place on  your face without you holding it.

If air gets in water will too so it is important to get this part right

Keep all hair out of the seal, moustaches can be a bit of a problem the snorkel crew will have some Vaseline which will help give you a better seal.

The strap needs to fit firmly at the widest part of your head

The water should apply enough pressure to seal the mask in place