How to see the Great Barrier Reef – RatPack Travel



How to see the Great Barrier Reef

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You may be thinking, well duh you can see the Great Barrier Reef if you go diving or snorkelling in Cairns and in saying this, you’d be partly right but also partly surprised to know that we’re about to give you a few other ways to see this natural beauty! 

We’ll be letting you know all about:

  • How to scuba dive on the Reef, even if you’ve never dived before!
  • What type of marine life to expect…
  • How to combine adrenalin and the reef…
  • How to head on a helicopter over the reef, backpacker style…

Ready to find out the different ways you can experience one of Aussie’s most EPIC spots?

Get it on the Bucketlist...

The Great Barrier Reef 100% has to be on your Aussie bucket list – if it’s not, what are you playing at! It’s an epic spot, it’s one of the seven wanders of the world and it’s incredibly easy to access and we’re gonna tell you how…

Spending a day at the GBR is a guaranteed day of full on mermaid fun – when you visit you will see exactly what I mean. The place is out of this world. Whether you’re a pro at diving, just love a good ol’ snorkel, wanna get your PADI certificate in the bag or are feeling a little more daring and want to see the reef from the sky – yup, you heard me right – then keep on reading and we will let you know exactly how to do it!

Grab you fins and snorkel (or parachute) and lets gooooooo…

Scuba Dive or Snorkel

Whether you’re a keen snorkeler or a certified diver, the Down Under reef trip is perfect for all abilities.

They offer guided reef tours, intro dives and have all the kit on board, so all you have to do is show up in the morning and you’re GOLDEN!

You do not need any prior diving experience to attend this tour, just jump straight on in and enjoy the view.

Plus, if you opt for the Down Under tour, you will get the opportunity to hop in a helicopter and see the reef from above – but more on that later…

Day Trip on a Catemeran

Want to make the most of every single millisecond of being at one of the seven wonders of the world? Stupid question really – of course you do. The best way to do so is hop on a day tour and cruise around the reef allll day long.

The Passions of Paradise tour takes you out to the reef on a sailing catamaran – how cool is that!

Once you’ve cruised out, your day will then consist of sick diving spots, incredible views, fun, bants, education and some banging food.

Get your PADI Certificate

What better place to get your PADI open water certificate than at the Great Barrier Reef – now that’s a story to tell your mates when you get home.

This Pro Dive tour is suitable for those who have never learnt to dive before and want to gain a PADI open water qualification.

You’ll have an experience like no other. After the 2 days spend in the classroom and in the pool doing all of your training, you’ll then head out onto the reef where you’ll spend 3 days and 2 nights living and diving on the Great Barrier Reef! Sounds amazing right!


Liveaboard with Pro Dive

If you already have a PADI qualification and are a certified diver and want to dive on the reef then you’ve come to the right place.

This trip consists of a 3 day 2 night diving session on the outer reef whilst on a liveaboard boat.

These boats are the bomb! They are purpose built for liveboard snorkelling and diving adventures – so air con, beds, lounge areas, they’ve got it all.

Scenic Flight by Helicopter

Ok, gonna get a bit buojee on you now – you ready…It is possible to book a heli tour over the GBR! Sick right!?

After a day of snorkelling on the reef below, take to the skies and take in the sites from a brand new angle! Pure bucket list material this!

Skydive at Mission Beach

Bet you didn’t think this would be an option…

Well, the GBR actually spans over 2,300 ft, so you can see the reef in places other than Cairns.

If you’re feeling brave and want to tick off 2 experiences in one – Mission Beach is an epic place to see the reef from the skies.

Just picture it, the Great Barrier Reef from 15,000ft – amazing!

Let's head to the reef...

Whilst you are in Cairns a trip out to the reef should be up there on your bucketlist! Not sure which option suits you best or keen for a chat with one of the crew? Heads up, Mikey is your go to man for all things scuba diving! 

Here at RatPack we are changing the game every step of the way and give you recommendations based on our own experiences 

  • Hit us up for 10% discount off the epic options out on the reef! 
  • Did you know we can help you plan your trip from Cairns down to Sydney? Shoot us a WhatsApp and we’ll bounce some ideas around… 

Ready to check out all the Great Barrier Reef has to offer?

Chat to our Team

We operate a 24/7 service across multiple time zones. Our RatPackers have all been there and done it! Get the ball rolling on your upcoming trip. Send over your rough travel plans (including your flight details / dates). If you are yet to book a flight and seeking advice – HIT US UP ↡

I hope my tips and tricks encourage you to consider exactly how you’re going to tick the Great Barrier Reef off your Aussie bucket list. The place is incredible and an absolute must see – make the most out of every single second that you are there and most importantly, enjoy yourself RatPack Style. 

Yewwwwwwwwwwwwww Holly (RPT Blog Writer) 

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