Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef’s “Secret” Spots

Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef’s “Secret” Spots

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Attracting nearly 2 million visitors a year, you’re quite likely to see a fair few other tour groups when on a Great Barrier Reef day trip. But what if you went on a tour with an operator who could show you something different, away from the crowds, a place where you could snorkel uninterrupted whilst fish dance around the coral in the crystal blue waters?

Great Barrier Reef Day Trips from Airlie Beach

The gateway to the Whitsundays, you’ll find quite a few tours departing from Airlie Beach. Setting off from here means you can explore the reefs that fringe the Whitsunday Islands. The most popular islands to visit in the Whitsundays are Hamilton Island and of course Whitsunday Island itself, but explore further afield and you’ll skip the crowds.

This Great Barrier Reef snorkelling day trip is one of the few that buck the trend and take you off the beaten track. Heading to locations such as Border Island and Dumbell Island makes for some excellent snorkelling where you can see kaleidoscopic marine life in the form of tropical fish, clams, coral, eagle rays and sea turtles.  

Another incredible location to visit whilst on Great Barrier Reef day trips or Whitsundays Day Trips is the world famous Whitehaven Beach and the iconic Hill Inlet where you’ll see sweeping white sands and bright turquoise waters.

Tours to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach, on Whitsunday Island, is famed for its pristine white sands and stretches for 7km of pure silica sand. It is one of the purest, unspoilt beaches on earth and a couple of hours lazing around on its silky soft sands is a must whilst on any Whitsundays tours. A bushwalk to Hill Inlet Lookout will give you paradise views of Hill Inlet and its swirly coastline formed magically by the tide – giving you the perfect photo opp. Just be sure to take in what you’re seeing and commit it to memory as views like this are often a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Top “Secret” Spots on the Great Barrier Reef

1. Kangaroo Reef, Bowen

Located off the coast of Bowen in the Whitsundays area, Kangaroo Reef (East) is part of a protected green zone. It has a canal running through it, which results in a stunning drop-off near the center of the reef. 

There is a strong current flowing down the channel. And this is beneficial for coral growth since it keeps the surface temperatures well-mixed and cooler in the summer. On the other hand, it also provides food in the form of plankton, which is essential for coral development.

2. Lizard Island

Australia’s northernmost island resort is the perfect place to explore Lizard Island, a natural wonderland with 24 white sand beaches and a secret lagoon. The wild goannas (native lizards) that wander the island’s 1,000-hectare (2,500-acre) national park are attributed to the island’s nickname. In addition, tropical birds and the sea are teeming with marine life.

Lizard Island Resort, nestled among palm trees, allows visitors to take advantage of the island’s sunset picnics on private beaches before retiring to one of the resort’s 40 luxurious rooms.

3. Vlasoff Cay

Imagine landing on your own little island amid the Great Barrier Reef. That’s right! A remote white sand cay only accessible by helicopter, Vlasoff Cay is nestled in a beautiful coral-studded sea surrounded by azure waters.

If you’re looking for a peaceful place to spend a few hours with your loved one before the tides come in and the sandy beach disappears under the waves, then this is a great place to go. It’s a favorite spot for weddings and proposals, as well as a popular destination for honeymoons.

4. Pelorus Island 

With immaculate beaches and stunning surrounding reefs accessible directly from the shore, Pelorus Island, located 800 metres north of Orpheus Island, provides a memorable dive or snorkel experience on the Great Barrier Reef. Pelorus Island is a must-see while visiting the Great Barrier Reef. The unspoiled island of Pelorus is calling your name if you’re looking for privacy and seclusion. Book a private boat charter from Orpheus Island to get to the island, then order a gourmet picnic basket from a local chef to appreciate the beauty of this secluded island in peace.

5. Hinchinbrook Island

Despite being the biggest island on the Great Barrier Reef, this tropical paradise is deserted. Exploring the craggy coastline of Australia’s biggest national park in perfect remoteness is possible because of the island’s strict admission policy, which allows just 40 people to visit at a time.

Hinchinbrook Island is a short boat journey away from Orpheus Island, and the sights are nothing short of magnificent. The island’s huge mangrove regions and long sandy beaches make it a home for dugongs, turtles, and various other marine species. Hinchinbrook Island is a wonderful day excursion for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and it is accessible by boat.

6. Nudey Beach

Nudey Beach, located on Fitzroy Island, has often appeared on lists of the greatest beaches in Australia and throughout the globe (and has even topped several of these lists). It’s a beautiful white coral beach that a trek may reach through lush vegetation and past spectacular rocks. You would never guess that this modest path begins just behind the resort’s bar!

As one of the top beaches in the world, Nudey Beach can provide you with something more to appreciate. A visit to this beach leaves guests stunned. And that’s because its beauty and magnificence can make anybody say “Wow.”

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