Choosing a high standard tourism operation

Ocean rafting and Whitsundays Harbour - photographer Olivia Lowe

Choose a high standard tourism operator

    If you are looking to choose a tourism operator for your trip to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, consider selecting a High Standard Tourism Operator (HSTO) who operates in an ecologically sustainable manner, delivering high quality reef experiences.

    These operators help to protect and present the Marine Park to a consistently high standard, and are recognised by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for their commitment and dedication to showcasing and preserving the reef.  These operators are independently certified by environmental certification schemes, Ecotourism Australia and Earth Check, as part of the requirements to be a part of the High Standard Tourism Operator program.

    The following High Standard Tourism Operators are located in the main areas of operation in the Marine Park – Far North, Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, the Whitsundays, Capricorn Coast and Reef Wide.