Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

Short of time a Great Barrier Reef day tour might be for you 

Great Barrier Reef day tours are an excellent way to explore the reef– even if you only have a day to do it.

There are multiple snorkeling and scuba diving day tours available to explore the vibrant coral gardens and amazing marine life.

A Day tour to the reef take you to a number of locations, which vary depending on diving conditions.

With Reef Experience, diving conditions are evaluated every day in order to choose the best scuba diving site.

This ensures you’ll benefit from maximum visibility and ideal water conditions for your snorkeling or diving excursion.

Great Barrier Reef fish
Great Barrier Reef fish

A Day tour to the Great Barrier Reef take you to Hastings Reef, which provides perfect diving conditions year round, no matter the weather.

The large reef offers calm waters, perfect for snorkelers and divers.

When visiting Hastings Reef, you’re likely to explore “the fish bowl” and “compass mooring.”

With vibrant coral gardens galore, be sure to bring your camera along for excellent photo opportunities.


Breaking Patches Reef is another fabulous location for day trips, especially in the afternoon. The smaller reef is located just a short distance from Michaelmas Cay.

The tropical island hosts energetic marine turtles, giant clams and stingrays. The area is also a breeding ground for sea turtles, so you’re almost guaranteed to see the large turtles swimming in the water.

Saxon Reef is a well known location due to its high marine life activity. Depending on the season, you’ll see humpback whales as they migrate.

You’re even likely to see large families of cuttlefish and white tip reef sharks. Scuba divers and snorkelers both love this dive location as it offers sandy shallow areas and coral coves to explore.

Popular sites to snorkel and dive at Saxon Reef include Twin Peaks and Turtle Bommie.


If you want to explore further out on the Great Barrier Reef, head to Norman Reef. Although waters must be calm, when conditions are ideal you’ll see amazing coral gardens that can’t be matched anywhere else on the reef.

In addition to the hundreds of fish you’ll spot, you’ll also swim with dolphins and wrasse.

No matter where you choose to take day tours, Great Barrier Reef liveaboards will assist you with the best way to do it as you’ll make the most of your day at the reef.

Day tours to the Great Barrier Reef are an absolute must.