There are several ways to sail the Great Barrier Reef. More experienced and adventurous sailors can take part in any of the numerous regattas which take place across this famous Australian landmark between March and September, as long as they register at least a month prior to a particular event.
There are also a number of twilight race series which take place throughout the Great Barrier Reef region. No previous boating experience is required to join these late-afternoon fishing, drinking, and sailing events hosted by local yacht clubs. If sailors register by midday, they’ll return to dry land before dinner. Those who bring extra drinks are especially welcome.
Aspiring sailors can even help deliver yachts along the Great Barrier Reef by offering to join a travelling yacht crew. Boat owners who fly home after a one-way yacht journey often leave crews needing extra help for return journeys. These travelling yacht crews frequently sail to secluded Great Barrier Reef sections most other visitors never get to see.
Of course, visitors can also sail the Great Barrier Reef as regular passengers on guided boat tours. Live aboard excursions are extended boat tours which can last from a single day to a few weeks.
Scuba diving and snorkelling liveaboard groups can be just for two to four people, while larger vessels can be as large as conventional cruise ships. Cooks, diving instructors, and sumptuous sleeping quarters are common liveaboard amenities.