The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most astonishing wonders of the natural world. It’s a living organism that began to form between 8,000 and 20,000 years ago, following the last ice age. Given that all of recorded history only spans some 5,000 years, that puts the unimaginable age of the Great Barrier Reef in perspective. Throughout those millennia, countless types of marine life have made the reef their home; it’s one of the most complex, biodiverse environments on the planet. Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef is sure to give you an entirely new perspective on nature.


01Take Your Time

For one reason or another, it can be tempting to rush yourself, either by taking too few days or packing your itinerary too full. However, only taking one day for your trip to see the Great Barrier Reef would be a mistake. To really appreciate the reef, you’d be best off staying for at least three days and two nights. If you can stay longer, it’s great to plan to do so. Spend even more time diving or enjoy the other benefits of your chosen destination, since there are many places from where to visit the Reef.

Aerial View of the Great Barrier Reef EyesWideOpen / Getty Images