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Encompassing roughly 3,000 individual reefs and dotted with almost 900 islands and coral cays (small sandy isles), Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most unforgettable natural treasures. Snorkelers and certified divers flock here to see the unparalleled array of marine life.

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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! You’ll visit 2 different locations on the barrier reef for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. Lunch is included onboard the boat, and you have the option to upgrade to include additional adventures such as introductory or certified scuba diving or a helicopter flight over this UNESCO World Heritage site. Both water sports enthusiasts and novices are welcome. Includes instruction and equipment provided by friendly and professional instructors.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the Great Barrier Reef and a lush island rain forest on this full-day catamaran tour to Green Island from Cairns. Create your own perfect day on this protected coral cay with a variety of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, Seawalking, nature walks, and tours on a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to include a delicious buffet lunch on board the catamaran and/or a ride in a semi-submarine. It’s a fantastic way to discover the underwater wonders of the world’s most famous reef!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.14
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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a comfortable catamaran to a mooring off of Upolu Cay. Take a glass-bottom boat to Upolu Cay, then have time to snorkel or scuba dive. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, for more water time, including a guided snorkeling tour.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$164.80
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Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns
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Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns

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Enjoy the natural delights of the Great Barrier Reef on an activity cruise from Cairns that gives you several ways to experience this renowned underwater world. After traveling by catamaran to a pontoon moored on the reef, you can observe marine life on a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible vessel; go snorkeling to spot sea turtles; get your hands wet in the touch pool; upgrade to include a Seawalker Helmet dive; or upgrade to include an introductory or certified scuba dive. Snacks and a boxed lunch are included, and the pontoon is equipped with showers.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

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Go snorkeling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day cruise from Cairns. Relax on board your 80-foot (25-meter) luxury catamaran as your captain sails to two exclusive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to snorkel or dive, with full instruction provided by guides, and see an array of colorful fish, sea turtles, and corals. Your tour includes morning and afternoon tea, and a buffet lunch, with additional beverages available for purchase.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.80
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Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns - only 25 guests

Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns - only 25 guests

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Sail on a 2-masted schooner from Cairns to Green Island for a full day of snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Have a choice of options for exploring Green Island, spending time in the water around the magnificent coral reefs, walking in the rain forest, or lazing on the white sandy beaches. Enjoy the expertise of the superb crew, in addition to buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a glass of wine as you cruise back to Cairns.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$164.80
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Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
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Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

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Ensure a memorable experience on the Outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day, all-inclusive cruise aboard a catamaran. Head for Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Outer Reef and plunge into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef by snorkeling amongst its rich marine life. If you have selected the option, you can also include an introductory or certified dive. Includes morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$173.68
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Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight

Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight

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Experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef from above, with an exhilarating helicopter flight over picturesque reef systems and up close onboard luxury vessel, Evolution. be treated to an Aussie BBQ lunch and snorkelling to discover the mysteries of the underwater world. Activities available onboard at an extra cost include scuba diving (for beginners and experienced divers) and coral viewing from the semi-submersible.
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  • 7 hours
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Cairns & Port Douglas All-Inclusive 7 Days Touring Package

Cairns & Port Douglas All-Inclusive 7 Days Touring Package

Enjoy all-inclusive Cairns & Port Douglas touring at its best, featuring our special 3 day tour to Port Douglas including Daintree and Cape Tribulation touring. Cruise to Outer Barrier Moore Reef , visit Kuranda by train and skyrail, Special Sunset Dinner Cruise, magnificent cruises and more meals. Experience 4 nights in Cairns plus 2 nights in Port Douglas, tropical north Queensland luxury touring, 3 cruises, scenic railway, skyrail, accommodation, breakfast daily, other meals and transfers. Enjoy a special sunset dinner cruise on Cairns Harbour, a cruise of Cairns Harbour, the famous Kuranda scenic railway and skyrail, a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Journey to Port Douglas to explore this famous beachside village and discover the ancient Daintree forest and beautiful Cape Tribulation – ‘where the reef meets the sea’ in your group tour to the World Heritage Daintree region and Cape Tribulation.
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  • 7 days
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Full Day Snorkel In The Great Barrier Reef

Full Day Snorkel In The Great Barrier Reef

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Come on board with Explore Group and experience a full-day Great Barrier Reef snorkeling adventure taking you to selected moorings around Bait Reef - the closest of the outer reef locations. We're a boutique tour operator which means we operate by taking smaller groups to ensure a more personalised and quality experience. This full day tour is perfect for those wanting a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. This experience visits two locations within Bait Reef and a minimum of 3.5 hours is spent on location. The reef is accessed by our premium custom designed dive / snorkel vessel, which has two levels of air conditioned luxury, lounge style seating, a partially shaded deck and fresh water hot and cold showers on-board. There is a full beam swim platform which makes entering and exiting the water a comfortable and easy experience. We provide everything you need to have a comfortable and amazing day at the Great Barrier Reef!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$192.98
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3-Day Best of Cairns Combo: The Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, and Kuranda
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3-Day Best of Cairns Combo: The Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, and Kuranda

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Save money by combining the Cairns region's three top activities in one 3-day tour. Begin by exploring the underwater world of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef with an included introductory dive. On the second day, head for Daintree Rainforest (also UNESCO-listed) to explore the world's oldest continuously surviving rainforest. Your final day is spent gliding above the rainforest canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, then exploring quaint village of Kuranda before returning on the historical Kuranda Scenic Rail.
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  • 3 days
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5-Day Best of Cairns with Daintree, Kuranda, and Great Barrier Reef

5-Day Best of Cairns with Daintree, Kuranda, and Great Barrier Reef

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Experience the very best of Far North Queensland on this diverse 5-day adventure based out of Cairns. Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef, visit Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge, ride through the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, and marvel at some of the world's oldest living species in Daintree Rainforest. Includes round-trip airport transfers, all transportation, some meals, and overnight accommodation in a charming 3-star hotel with pool in Cairns.
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  • 5 days
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Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great Adventures

Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great Adventures

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Discover the iconic great barrier Reef combining an awe-inspiring helicopter flight with a great Adventures outer reef day experience. The spacious activity platform moored on the spectacular outer reef makes possible exciting inclusive and optional activities for all ages in and out of the water. With options to transfer to and from the platform by helicopter (and cruise the other) or take to the sky on a joy flight, you will have the best seat to witness this natural wonder.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Helicopter Tour: Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch

Private Helicopter Tour: Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch

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Indulge yourself and your loved ones with a private helicopter tour that takes you out to a secluded island on the Great Barrier Reef. Admire the reef from above during your 25-minute scenic helicopter flight, then experience its natural beauty up close after your pilot gently lands on the gorgeous and remote Vlasoff Cay (or Turtle Beach if Vlasoff Cay is occupied). Enjoy a two-hour retreat in paradise with everything you need provided, including a picnic basket with champagne and nibbles, picnic blanket, deck chairs, beach umbrella and snorkeling equipment.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise from Cairns Including Snorkeling and Marine Biologist Presentation

Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise from Cairns Including Snorkeling and Marine Biologist Presentation

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Discover the underwater beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour from Cairns. Glide across the Coral Sea on a catamaran ride to a premium outer reef location with diverse marine life. Spend hours at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef with exclusive access to an activity platform staffed by marine biologist guides. Snorkel, scuba dive, or opt to take a glass-bottom boat tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$228.48
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Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

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Enjoy unforgettable views of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef as you fly over the UNESCO-listed natural wonder in a helicopter. Experience the magnitude of the vast reef as you float overhead on a 25-minute flight, spotting landmarks like Green Island and Upolo Cay and swooping low enough to see coral clusters and schools of tropical fish and rays. This tour includes pick-up from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels.
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  • 1 hour
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4-Day Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tour

4-Day Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tour

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Experience the highlights of Tropical North Queensland with this diverse 4-day tour of Cairns and surrounds. Explore the famous coral gardens and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef with a catamaran cruise, snorkeling adventure and visit to an underwater observatory. Delve into the area’s indigenous history on a tour of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and explore the village of Kuranda after a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. All accommodation, ground transport and logistics are arranged for a smooth, hassle-free vacation.
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  • 4 days
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Great Barrier Reef Adventure from Cairns
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Great Barrier Reef Adventure from Cairns

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. From Great Adventures' spacious reef activity platform moored at the majestic Outer Reef, the coral and marine biodiversity is at its most extreme. There’s an abundance of activities for all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers to enjoy. Snorkel and dive or stay dry and discover the reef in the underwater observatory or from the air-conditioned semi-submersible. There’s also a great range of exciting optional activities includingl scuba diving, scenic helicopter flights and the exclusive Scuba-Doo underwater scooter.
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  • 7 hours
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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

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See some of Australia's most famous natural wonders — the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef — during an action-packed full-day tour from Cairns. Spend the morning in the mountains, taking the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway between Cairns and Kuranda. In the afternoon, head to the Great Barrier Reef in style on an approximately 25-minute helicopter tour. Transfer to an afternoon cruise on the Outer Reef to admire the underwater world while swimming or snorkeling.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.02
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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

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Enjoy the best of both worlds on this exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight, crossing both land and sea. Swoop over the lush rainforest and thundering waterfalls of the Barron Gorge, then admire the vast reefs and aquamarine waters of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Spot landmarks like Stoney Creek Falls, Green Island and Arlington Reef, and snap aerial photos of the Northern Beaches and Palm Cove. This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Cairns.
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  • 45 minutes
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Full Day Reef Cruise Including 10 Minute Heli Scenic Flight: Get High Package

Full Day Reef Cruise Including 10 Minute Heli Scenic Flight: Get High Package

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Down Under Cruise and Dive by Evolution, a luxury 35-meter super-yacht. This package includes a full day to the outer Great Barrier Reef at two stunning reef locations, with 5 hours reef time plus a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef. You will experience the reef from above and below!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.47
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6-Day Best of Cairns Including the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda and the Daintree Rainforest
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6-Day Best of Cairns Including the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda and the Daintree Rainforest

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Get a comprehensive tour of the Cairns area on this 6-day tour that hits all the highlights and landmarks. Spend a full day exploring the Great Barrier Reef with an introductory dive, ride the Scenic Railway to Kuranda, and walk among the old-growth trees in the Daintree Rainforest. All transportation, meals per itinerary, and five nights' accommodation included.
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  • 6 days
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Out n About Sportfishing for Share and Private Charters on Reef and Estuary
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Out n About Sportfishing for Share and Private Charters on Reef and Estuary

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Cast a line and experience the thrill of fishing on one of Out n About's popular sportfishing tours. Enjoy estuary, and/or reef fishing while using a variety of fishing methods to enhance your time on the water. Experienced guides offer personalised service with a maximum of only 6 guests per boat. Affordable half day share charters run from 8am-12pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm daily. Also specialising in Private Charters for groups of up to 12 guests, in total, on our 2 boats. Perfect for wedding parties, corporate groups or large families, tours can be designed for your individual needs. Fish inshore reefs and estuaries or visit the outer reef for a full day. Go night fishing, use poppers, lures, fly or live bait, we cater to you! Locally owned and operated Out n About offers the opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy the regions beautiful surrounds while pulling in a line. A great value tour and suitable for the novice to experienced angler, a must do while visiting Port Douglas.
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  • 4 hours
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$106.19
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Cairns Reef and Rainforest Combo: Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef
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Cairns Reef and Rainforest Combo: Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef

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Marvel over two UNESCO-listed natural wonders with this great-value combo deal from Cairns. On the first day, set sail for a thrilling cruise around the Great Barrier Reef, spot exotic fish on a glass-bottomed boat tour and marvel at the colorful corals on an introductory scuba dive. On the second day, venture inland to explore the ancient Daintree rainforest, hike through the Mossman Gorge and admire views over the reef from Cape Tribulation. Best of all: the small-group tours both include lunch, hotel pick-up and all activities.
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  • 2 days
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Great Barrier Reef can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 35 Great Barrier Reef tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Great Barrier Reef costs USD 84.14. Guided Great Barrier Reef tours start around USD 84.14 per person. See all 35 Great Barrier Reef tickets and tours on Viator.
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