Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef


Join a Great Barrier Reef Cruise - an Adventure for True Explorers

Covering an area of over 2600 km and encompassing over 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and home to an abundant and thriving array of marine and birdlife species. It holds pride of place as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage area.

Ribbon Reefs. Around 50 to 100 km’s off the northern Queensland shore, and forming the outer edges of the Great Barrier Reef lay Ribbon Reefs. Stretching over 100 miles to the north of Cairns, the “Ribbons” are a string of 10 magical coral reefs. They are no wider than 450m, and generally quite shallow, coming up to as high as 5 metres below the surface from a sandy bottom. A veritable marine wonderland, these long thin strips of reef hold beautiful coral gardens and isolated bommies topped with corals and anemones, surrounded by a rainbow of reef fish. Snorkellers and divers on the Ribbon Reefs might encounter huge giant clams, moray eels, reef sharks and giant Napoleon Wrasse. You might also meet Pelagic fish and see gorgonian fans. 

Snorkelling & Scuba. The opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive over spectacular coral gardens and come face to face with brightly coloured tropical fish is a highlight of our Great Barrier Reef cruises. Beginners can join guided snorkelling tours or introductory and resort-style dives, while more experienced divers are able to participate in more challenging dives.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Highlights:

• Meet the iconic marine species of the Great Barrier Reef

• Make a connection with Indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown

• Dive into the pristine waters of the remarkable outer Great Barrier Reef

• Sip sundowners and feel the sand between your toes on uninhabited islands and sand cays

• Be one of the privileged few to step ashore on remote Great Barrier Reef Islands

• Participate in conserving and protecting the Great Barrier Reef 

• Enjoy magical Queensland sunsets

If you’re after a small ship cruise or an expedition ship cruise to the Great Barrier Reef Wild Earth Travel can help you find a trip of a lifetime. We are ready to guide you through our range of different options with impartial advice so you can experience the very best of this unique destination. Our team are all passionate expedition & small cruise ship travellers and our knowledge and stories come from our own personal experiences.

Our Associates Include

Adventure Canada
Heritage Expeditions New Zealand
UnCruise Adventures