Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

Man snorkeling with corals with Reef Encounter boat in the distanceOn Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Seeing the magnificent underwater world with its marine life up close is an unforgettable experience. Corals are within arm’s reach at some reef sites at low tide.

You will have several opportunities to explore the Outer Reef during your liveaboard. Floating over the corals will give you a spectacular view of the reefs, which are teeming with brightly coloured fish and coral.

Our snorkel liveaboard tours offer up to five water sessions for every full day you stay. With plenty of time to snorkel, relax, try a glass-bottom boat tour and maybe even try a beginner’s Resort Scuba Dive – it’s up to you!


Girl snorkeling with turtle

What is snorkeling?

Snorkeling is the practise moving underwater and breathing through a tube called a snorkel.

Don't worry if you've never snorkelled before; our crew will be happy to teach you how.

Clownfish hiding in anemone corals

Where to snorkel in Cairns?

The Outer Reef in the coral sea is an amazing place for snorkeling. All Reef locations are selected by the Captain each day for the optimal conditions based on the weather.
Children snorkeling near liveaboard boat

Do i need experience to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef?

No experience necessary, if it's your first time snorkeling or you require any assistance, let our helpful team know, and we will assist you!

Guided snorkel tours are available for anyone requiring in-water assistance.

Underwater fun on the Reef

Do you have to know how to swim to go snorkeling?

No, you don't need to know how to swim to snorkel, but being at ease in the water can make the experience far more relaxing and enjoyable.
Non-swimmers can keep afloat with flotation devices such as noodles and life jackets.
Snorkeling with floatation aids

What do i need to go snorkeling?

A swimsuit, your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard includes all snorkeling equipment, stinger suit and tuition.

Optional extras are underwater camera, prescription lens masks and wetsuits are available for hire on board.

Glass bottom boat tour on the Great Barrier Reef

Can i see the Reef without going snorkeling?

Yes, we offer complimentary glass-bottom boat tours, where you can see the Great Barrier Reef up close without getting wet.

Glass bottom boat tours are weather permitting

Family snorkelling with school of fish

How much is snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef?

Starting at $450 for 2 days 1 night, this package includes unlimited snorkel sessions on multiple reef locations.
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Staying on the Great Barrier Reef

Staying on the reef overnight or for a few days is by far the best way to see the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelers can spend their days on board having fun in the water.

Our chefs can accommodate any dietary requirements and are always excited to prepare delectable meals that highlight the best of North Queensland’s produce.

Spend some time in the heated jacuzzi after enjoying the Coral Sea, or head upstairs to work on your tan on our large sundeck.
Included in your stay are all snorkel equipment, food and accommodation.


Fun for the whole family

Our liveaboard tours departing Cairns provide fantastic snorkeling opportunities for people of all ages and swimming abilities.

The Reef Encounter team guarantees a fun and safe way to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, whether you are an experienced snorkeler or new to this activity.

VIP Snorkeling Trips

For the best Cairns liveaboard trips on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, the VIP Top Deck Club is the place to be.

You have your valet as a Top Deck Club guest for the duration of your stay. Your valet will arrange private snorkel tours to all of the best spots at your leisure. To ensure that you see the best parts of the Reef.


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