Glass bottom boat tours allow passengers to admire the underwater beauty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef without touching a drop of water. Although some glass bottom boats have sections of real glass beneath the waterline, other boats use another form of transparent material instead.
Most glass bottom boats are designed to accommodate as many passengers as possible while still allowing all passengers to look down and enjoy clear views of the tropical sea creatures and coral of the Great Barrier Reef.
Some glass bottom boats also come with tour guides who provide detailed descriptions of the different types of coral and marine life in the Great Barrier Reef.
The jetty at Green Island is a popular departure point for glass bottom boats because its access ramp is so easy to use. Green Island’s glass-bottom boat prototype dates from the 1930s and is commonly used by many more boat companies today.
Cairns, the largest city in northeastern Australia, plays host to the largest number of companies offering glass bottom boat tours. However, these tours are also available from one company in Mission Beach and three more companies in Port Douglas.
Some glass bottom boat tours also include scuba diving or snorkelling excursions for those wishing to get even closer to the Great Barrier Reef’s coral and marine creatures. Night glass bottom boat tours are another popular option thanks to special ultraviolet lights that allow visitors to see the coral polyps awaken after dark.