It is probably better to ask what is there not to do on the Great Barrier Reef. You can take a one day boat trip or a boat trip lasting two days or longer up to a week. You can sail on cruisers, catamarans and yachts. You can take a plane trip or a helicopter ride over the Reef.
On board a vessel you need never enter the water as many of the craft have special viewing hulls enabling you to relax and watch the underworld go by beneath you. Glass bottom boat cruises are perfect for people who wish to see the Reef in all its glory without leaping into the sea. There are even underwater observatories and semi-submersible craft. If you want to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef there are so many ways to enjoy the experience.
If you are an experienced scuba diver, the options are many. You can travel to different places on the Reef and dive among the coral and other creatures in shallow and warm waters. If you are an inexperienced scuba diver, even a beginner, there are packages which help you master the skills and techniques of scuba diving and then safely test the waters in your first diving experiences. Such a program makes for an unforgettable holiday.
If you prefer to stay close to the surface, swimming and snorkeling are hugely popular.
Of course the mainland, where you can even stay for your Reef adventures, is packed with stunning tourist experiences itself including the magical Daintree Forest. This is a major attraction of the Reef – its proximity to the mainland with its many additional and wonderful attractions.