The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. A variety of boat tours and cruises are offered, from single day trips to longer voyages, as well as snorkelling and diving expeditions.

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General Information about the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 km. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.

A variety of boat tours and cruises are offered, from single day trips to longer voyages. Boat sizes range from dinghies to superyachts, Glass-bottomed boats and underwater observatories are also popular, as are helicopter flights. By far, the most popular tourist activities on the Great Barrier Reef are snorkelling and diving, for which pontoons are often used, and the area is often enclosed by nets. The outer part of the Great Barrier Reef is favoured for such activities, due to water quality.

The Great Barrier Reef is a divers paradise, and there are companies catering for every skill level from student to novice to dive master. If snorkelling is more your style, then the warm shallow waters of some of the islands provide some of the most colourful fish and coral formations found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Popular Great Barrier Reef resort islands include:

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