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Great Barrier Reef see + do

Resorts on the reef offer lots of guest activities and excursions—so you'll likely never venture further than your concierge's desk to arrange dive and snorkel trips, boat cruises, rain forest hikes, and scenic plane rides. Since there are also hundreds of independent tour operators cruising the reef, though, we've chosen some of our favorites below.

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Wildlife-Spotting in the Great Barrier Reef

It's hard to wrench yourself away from the water, but once you do, you'll discover that many Barrier Reef islands have great walking trails. Large portions of...more

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Twilight Bird-Watching Safari, Biboohra

An hour's drive southwest of Port Douglas but an ecological world away, Mareeba's wetlands give refuge to hundreds of bird species, including ospreys, sea...more

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Sailing in the Great Barrier Reef

Cruising the Coral Sea, dropping anchor at deserted beaches, and hopping overboard to snorkel and swim: Could there be a more idyllic way to enjoy the reef?...more

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Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Port Douglas

No luck spotting wildlife in the wild? Make up for it at the delightful Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary just outside Port Douglas, where you're guaranteed...more

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Helicopter Tours, Port Douglas

If you're short on time or want a literal overview of North Queensland's two World Heritage Areas, helicopter is the way to go. In an hour-long scenic helitour...more

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Fishing on the Great Barrier Reef

The outer reef—particularly Lizard Island —is home to some of the world's best game-fishing sites. Giant black marlin, sailfish, wahoo, Spanish...more

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Diving + Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

A diver's heaven, the reef is one of the world's biggest underwater preserves, and home to 1,500 varieties of fish and 400 types of coral—not to mention...more

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