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1 and 2 Day Reef Experience

Reef Naturalist Program

Explore the Great Barrier Reef like never before with your very own personal Marine Biologist as your guide. Learn about its inhabitants and meet them face to face.

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Explore The Reef Up Close And Personal

Reef Naturalist Days - Reef Teach, Cairns

The Reef Naturalist experience gives you the opportunity to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, expertly guided by your very own Marine Biologist and Master Reef Guide.

Depending on your chosen trip duration (1 or 2 days), you'll be spending time in up to two different locations on the GBR and actively participate in several research and conservation activities, whilst learning more about every aspect of the Reef and its inhabitants.

You won't find a better way to enjoy your time in the water on the Great Barrier Reef and get up close and personal with one of the most amazing eco-systems in the world.

Choose Your Experience

Reef Teach offer a flexible approach to your experience with a number of available activities and durations to suit your needs and travel itinerary. Get the most out of your time on the Great Barrier Reef with a 1 or 2 day Reef Naturalist experience;

  • Your Day

    Option 1

    Full Day Outer Reef Trip

    Two in-water sessions, with both the morning and afternoon sessions focussing on survey participation and taking in the best of what the GBR has to offer.

    On the return trip, participants will prepare and enter their survey data and sightings into the system, adding to the on-going research and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

    (Optional) Reef Teach Visitor Talk

    If your availability and travel itinerary allows, our 2 hour private Reef Teach Talk is included prior to your GBR trip. Please note a group size of 10+ people is recommended if you wish to attend this talk.

  • Day One

    Option 1

    Full Day Outer Reef Trip

    Two in-water sessions, with both the morning and afternoon sessions focussing on survey participation and taking in the best of what the GBR has to offer.

    On the return trip, participants will prepare and enter their survey data and sightings into the system, adding to the on-going research and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

    (Optional) Reef Teach Visitor Talk

    If your availability and travel itinerary allows, our 2 hour private Reef Teach Talk is included prior to your GBR trip. Please note a group size of 10+ people is recommended if you wish to attend this talk.

    Option 2

    Full Day GBR Introduction Seminar

    Through a series of fun and interactive presentations you will not only learn how to identify the most common species of fish and corals, but also how to conduct citizen science. In addition, you develop the background knowledge to put these skills into practice on the following days in-water sessions at the reef.

    Topics Covered: Introduction to the Reef (formation and history), Reef management, fish and invertebrate identification, and different citizen science survey techniques.

    Day Two

    Full Day Outer Reef Trip

    Two in-water sessions, with both the morning and afternoon sessions focussing on survey participation and taking in the best of what the GBR has to offer.

    On the return trip, participants will prepare and enter their survey data and sightings into the system, adding to the on-going research and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

Organise Your Reef Naturalist Experience

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Swimming Requirements

Moderate Swimmer & Snorkeler
Young children are welcome, but again they must have strong swimming abilities

What You Can Expect

Your days on the reef will begin at the marina with a short safety briefing and you'll be on your way. Once on-board your Marine Biologist will explain what you can expect in the water and how you can get the best from each day.

Your Reef Naturalist experience includes;

  • Entrance to the Reef Teach Evening Talk (if included in your selected experience)
  • Passage to and from the selected reef location(s)
  • Snorkel gear and everything needed to successfully complete surveys and sightings.
  • Morning tea on the way to the reef
  • Full briefing on the way to the reef by your Marine Biologist
  • Two in-water sessions guided by your Marine Biologist
  • On-Board Tropical Buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea on the way back home
  • Full debriefing on the day's events and sightings

Your Very Own
Marine Biologist

What better way to experience the Great Barrier Reef than in the water with your own personal guide...

Reef Teach Marine Biologists and your Great Barrier Reef guides live and work on the reef every day, you can be sure to have a truly fun and memorable day on the reef, whilst helping conserve this wonderful eco-system.

Our marine biologists and conservationists are happy to answer your questions about marine life, photography, snorkelling and diving, etc.

We encourage all visitors to The Great Barrier Reef to follow eco-tourism guidelines and “take only pictures and memories, and leave only bubbles”!


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Reef Teach - Advanced Reef Teach Seminar

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A full day seminar designed to satisfy the most inquisitive and enquiring minds looking for more than just an overview of the reef.

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Marine Discoveries Internship

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Acknowledgement Of Country
Reef Teach acknowledges, recognises and respects the Elders, families and forebears of the the Bama Peoples – the Aboriginal rainforest people who are traditional custodians/owners of the lands that cover our region. We also acknowledge, recognise and respect other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who call our region and the Great Barrier Reef their home.