Great Barrier Reef Vacation Ideas

Great Barrier Reef Vacation Ideas #1: Wilson Island is part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. A vacation here will be a unique blend of roughing it and luxury. Only 12 guests are allowed at a time and you will stay in a tent with wooden floors, a king-sized bed and a veranda.

It’s comfortable, stylish and you can practically roll out of bed into the water. Yet the toilets are communal and rudimentary. There are no organized activities on Wilson Island. The main things to do are snorkeling, exploring, bird watching, beach & hammock lounging, and enjoying the stunning sunsets.

Everything here revolves around the needs and whims of the ecosystem. Every detail of your stay depends on how it will affect the animals and plants of the island. This can be inconvenient but results in a vacation environment that is as natural as you can achieve anywhere.

#2: Lizard Island is the place to go in Australia if you are into water sports. It is one of Australia's premier resorts and is right on the the famous reef. For diving & snorkeling you can experience both half and full day reef dives with excellent dive sites in the inner and the outer reef.

As for fishing, it doesn't get any better than this. The outer reef fishing grounds will turn up Mackerel, Tuna, Trevally, Giant Dart, Sailfish and even small Black Marlin. 1,000 pound Black Marlins have been caught here. The inner reef is only 15 minutes away and here you can catch Mackerel, Queenfish, Trevally as well as an amazing variety of other fish.

Great Barrier Reef Vacation Ideas #3: Hayman Island Hayman Island is a huge, unique 5-star private island resort. Here are a few of the things you will find on Hayman Island Australia. World-class water sports center.

Rooms that let you literally slide out of bed and into the pool. Two huge pools, one set inside the other. The world’s largest cocktail – a one-quart daiquiri. 244 rooms with private terraces or balconies. Snorkelling excursions. Catamaran sailing.

Multi-million dollar art collection. Six dining venues offering the great cuisines of the world. Secluded bays and overlooks accessible by an island circling walking trail. Hayman Island Resort is a member of the prestigious The Leading Hotels of the World.


#4: Orpheus Island is a small Great Barrier Reef island and is part of the Queensland National Park. Privately owned Orpheus Island Resort caters to vacationers looking for some peace and quiet. The 31 private rooms have no television or telephones.

Bushwalking, swimming, bird watching, game fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling are typical activities. This resort is both sophisticated and unpretentious while offering total privacy. It’s a great for a romantic vacation.  

Great Barrier Reef Vacation Ideas #5: Scuba Diving - This Great Barrier Reef scuba vacation idea was sent in by Jake from Montreal. My vacation Australia's Great Barrier Reef is an experience that will stick in my mind for as long as I live.

A friend and I signed up for scuba diving cruise in the Whitsundays. This is a group of islands off the coast of northeast Australia. This was a 3 day 2 night cruise on a dive boat called "Kiana".

The trip started from the marina in Airlie Beach early on day 1 and took us out to Whitehaven Beach on the main Whitsunday Island. Whitehaven Beach was beautiful. The sand there is truly unbelievable! It was the finest sand I have ever seen, truly like talcum powder.

We spent the afternoon there enjoying the pristine water and amazing view. I could have stayed right there for the whole vacation but we were there for some Great Barrier Reef scuba diving.

So, once we had soaked up some rays, the cruise took us to a spot nearby in a nice sheltered bay. Here we were given our introduction to scuba diving lesson, for those who wanted to do that. This was also our first opportunity to snorkel for those of us who didn't want to scuba dive.

There was a small reef in this bay which was teeming with life and it was wonderful. It served as an excellent preview of what was to come. Our cook Andy was excellent and kept us well fed throughout the trip. We spent the night in that spot in comfortable sleeping accommodations.

In the morning we had a chance for another quick swim before heading out to the world renowned barrier reef. On the way we were fortunate enough to come across a group of whales which came right up to the boat.

They said it was the closest whales had ever come to the Kiana. I’ll never forget the sight of those massive creatures moving sleekly through the water.

Once the whales moved on we continued on to our Great Barrier Reef scuba diving destination. We were given the opportunity to dive or snorkel again. The dive was everything we expected as we explored the reef and swam among the marine animals.

Our group (we were 10 aside from the 3 crew members) had many snorkelers so the captain tied a rope to the small craft and pulled them along behind so they could look down at the marvelous reefs passing by below. The experience was so much fun that the scuba divers all grabbed on as well once our tanks were empty. That was fun.

We spent the night anchored there on the reef and woke up early on the last day. We were supposed to get another look at the reef but there was a storm that had kicked up during the night so we hurried back to the shelter of the islands.

Even with the storm cutting things a little short, it was still experience I will never forget. For anyone looking for a fun and adventurous vacation idea, you really should go to the Great Barrier Reef. We had a blast and I'm sure you will too.

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