Stretching over 1400 miles, the world's largest coral reef system is home to some of the most pristine marine life in the world. No matter what your style, Tripping has your reef vacation covered with these tips on how to best experience this natural wonder.

Go Diving

Diving is easily the best the way to fully experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and popular diving spots can be found off of Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsunday region. For beginners there are plenty of places to take lessons and for seasoned divers the options are nearly endless.

Go Snorkeling

If you want to get up close to the reef but don't want to take a diving course, snorkeling is a fantastic option. Day trips to Green Island and Fitzroy Island off the coast of Cairns offer beautiful snorkeling opportunities, just a short boat ride from the mainland.

Take a Boating Trip

Guided tours of the reef are a popular way to explore the area without getting your feet wet. Glass-bottom boat tours take place all across the reef and give travelers a truly unique way to view the marine life.

Go All Out on a Live-aboard Boat

For the truly committed, nothing will beat a live-aboard boat. Commonly around three to four days in length, this option allows divers the opportunity to dive multiple times a day and is the ultimate submersive reef experience.

Explore the Reef in a Seaplane


Potentially the most luxurious way to experience the reef is with a guided sea plane tour. The Whitsundays is perhaps the most popular area for seaplane adventures with multiple tour companies offering day trips out over the reef.

Where to Stay

Whitsundays Wonderland

This magnificent 4 bedroom home on Hamilton Island takes in some of the most stunning views in the region. Fully furnished, this rental comes complete with a beautiful landscaped pool and huge outdoor dining area.

Cairns Rainforest Retreat

Experience total luxury in a wonderful tropical setting with this four bedroom home. With a pool, jacuzzi, mountain and ocean views this rental is the ultimate getaway hidden in the lush north queensland rainforest.

Port Douglas Beach Views

Overlooking the picturesque Four Mile Beach, this penthouse boasts more than just stunning beach views. With a huge outdoor dining area and three spacious bedrooms this apartment is the perfect reef getaway.

This post was written by Ben Crock, Tripping Blogger.