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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Cairns City, Australia
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iconOffered in: English

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Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a comfortable catamaran to a mooring off of Upolu Cay. Take a glass-bottom boat to Upolu Cay, then have time to snorkel or scuba dive. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, for more water time, including a guided snorkeling tour.
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury catamaran from Cairns
  • Choose to snorkel or dive at two locations
  • Learn about the reef on a glass-bottom boat coral-viewing tour
  • Take a snorkeling tour led by a marine naturalist
  • Delicious buffet lunch, snacks and beverages included
  • Top-quality snorkeling and diving gear included
  • Cruise is limited to a maximum of 75 passengers
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Luxury catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two reef locations
Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
Tea and coffee throughout the day
Buffet lunch with seafood
Platters of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers
Snorkeling instruction and in-water crew assistance if required
Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, marks, flippers, and buoyancy vests)
Wetsuits or lycra suits (depending on season)
Snorkeling tour with a marine naturalist
Freshwater showers
Informative Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Guided interpretative Adventure Drift Snorkel Tour
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions or taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Two Certified Dives
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Two Introductory Dives
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Snorkel only Family Pack
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
One Certified Dive
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
One Introductory Dive
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Snorkel only
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal where you board your deluxe 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran.

Enjoy coffee, tea, and light snacks prior to departure, then relax on the outdoor sundeck or air-conditioned interior as your vessel cruises to Upolu Cay. Receive a safety briefing from the expert crew to prepare for the day ahead.

Drop anchor off of Upolu Cay and take a glass-bottom boat from the catamaran to Upolu Cay, located on the Great Barrier Reef. Hop in the sheltered turquoise water to snorkel or scuba dive among an astounding array of coral, colorful fish, and other sea creatures.

Cruise to the next destination while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch with dishes such as smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and other meats, accompanied by salad and fresh bread.

Arrive at the outer edge of Upolu Reef at a site known as the Wonder Wall. From the ocean floor, the Wonder Wall extends 46 feet (14 meters) high, reaching to just below the water's surface. Both snorkelers and divers can explore and marvel at the variety of marine life, including hard and soft corals, reef fish, giant clams and turtles. With an expert guide, take an informative tour and drift snorkel around the site.

Cruise back to Cairns snacking on a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers, and cakes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
Check-in from 7.15 am at the Ocean Freedom desk located inside the Reef Fleet terminal, 1 Spence Str Cairns . After check-in, our friendly staff will direct you to the boat located on A Finger no 5 for boarding from 7.30 am . On boarding , store your bags and then grab a coffee or tea with a Danish pastry and fresh fruit and settle in while the rest of the guests board . If you have chosen the optional diving you will fill out a diving medical questionnaire onboard. Please ask our dive staff any questions you may have. After a head count the boat departs the dock at 8.00am . Listen to the safety brief as you depart the marina and start to get excited as your journey to the Great Barrier Reef begins ! On the way our helpful staff will give out snorkel equipment - again please be sure to ask any questions you may have . If diving you will also be briefed on the journey out . After just over an hour we arrive at our first Great Barrier Reef destination - the beautiful "Wonder Wall " - located on the outer edge of Upolu reef . Once moored our crew will conduct a snorkel brief showing you how and where to snorkel, where the Look Out is located and provide you with any assistance you require . Experience an informative complimentary Glass Bottom Boat Tour and a complimentary Adventure Drift Snorkel tour with our very attentive snorkel guides ( all top snorkel equipment included) . After a full morning of in-water activities or just relaxing sit back and enjoy a large smorgasbord lunch with smoked salmon, prawns , mixed meat, chicken platter , 3 different salads and assorted breads as we cruise to our second Great Barrier Reef site - Upolu Cay Reef . Snorkel this "coral garden" tropical blue oasis - look out for turtles and sting rays ! At times when conditions allow you can actually land on a small sandy cay but at all times you will have the shallow crystal clear turquoise waters to snorkel in . With only just over an hour to arrive at this first reef site and only 10 minutes travel time to the second reef site - Ocean Freedom offers six hours between both sites to enjoy all the activities and relax with no rush in the day. After a magical day we start our journey back to Cairns serving fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and cake whilst you chat to fellow travellers or just relax and take in the views - arriving back in Cairns by 4.15- 4.30 pm - well in time for a sunset drink on the esplanade ! We bid you Bon Voyage and are thrilled to now have you as part of our ever growing Ocean Free + Freedom family . If you loved the day and our customer service why not join also us on our sister boat Ocean Free - we are always happy to see you again !
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Cairns Premier Reef & Island tours operate 2 personal , low guest number Great Barrier Reef Tours (www.cairnspremierreefislandtours.com) Ocean Free Green Island + Great Barrier Reef sailing tour Ocean Freedom Luxury Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Upolu Cay
Ocean Freedom travels to two Great Barrier Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu reef ( a truly magnificent snorkel and dive site) and Upolu Cay Reef - a beautiful shallow turquoise coral garden site . Please note the title says Upolu Cay Green Island - this is incorrect . Upolu Cay is not at Green Island . Our sister ship Ocean Free travels to Green Island area
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 75 people ensures a unique and personalized experience
  • The order in which the snorkeling and dive sites are visited may changes as it is dependent on the conditions on the day
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions or taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • Near public transportation
  • Industry COVID-SAFE Plan in place - "Good to go" . Sanitisation stations will be available at check-in, on board as well as high-touch areas being sanitised regularly.Contact details will be required at the time of booking if not already sent. Upon arrival, questions will be asked regarding travel in the last 14 days, contact with any Covid-19 positive individuals and potential symptoms – answers to these questions may impact your ability to travel and will be at the discretion of the crew on the day.
  • Please bring own pen and drink bottle if preferred . Food will be served under strict hygiene measures.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns ?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Don't hesitate to go with them - worth every penny and more!!" See review
  • "Don't let that put you off-it was a great experience and lots of fun." See review
  • "Not only does this cruise offer both snorkeling and SCUBA diving to see the reef and its marine life, but they also have a glass-bottom boat." See review

Reviews

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538 Reviews
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The best Reef tour
Mark_S
, Jan 2021
Ben and the crew were awesome. They were friendly and easy going and made sure everyone got the best experience possible
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you! We will pass the message on to Ben and his team. Glad you enjoyed your time with them.
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Best Experience
Syed
, Jan 2021
Staff was really good and friendly. Service was really good. For a non swimmer they look after me really well with diving and snorkelling.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and felt comfortable with our snorkel and dive service .Thank-you for your review
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A must do
Mark_M
, Jan 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed our snorkelling trip to the reef. Scott and the team did a wonderful job and our snorkelling guides were very knowledgeable & informative. They even gave us private tours of different parts of the reef & pointed out the different types of coral & wildlife. 10 out of 10.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your day with us. We do love sharing our knowledge with everyone and it’s always great to hear that a lot can be learnt on our snorkelling tours. 😊 Thank-you for leaving us this review – we will be sure to pass onto Scott and team !We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels
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Great experience
Wenwen_W
, Dec 2020
really good family run business. Great food options, attentive/friendly staff, and you get a good 6hrs on the reef snorkeling or diving. The only suggestion I would make is to have more food options before lunch is served, I was very hungry in the morning!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Hi there, thank-you so much for leaving us such a great review. Agreed - a morning snorkel does often tend to make the tummy rumble with hunger and we hope you took advantage of the Danish pastries and fresh fruit on boarding! Not sure if you noticed, we also have snacks for sale from the saloon for any inbetween boarding and lunch food . We will check to ensure that we have those snack choices better displayed! We hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays, all the best 😊
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Must do
Jacquoe_S
, Dec 2020
The snorkeling sites, food provided and crew on board was outstanding. Best experience! Had lots of fun
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank-you for leaving us a review, we are very happy to have given you a great day ! hope to see you again 😊
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A wonderful time
Thomas_A
, Dec 2020
Better than we expected, staff were really friendly, professional and were happy to help with any request. Visited two spots for snorkelling and had a wonderful experience. Would go with the company again in a heartbeat
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Great to hear we surpassed your expectations! Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again in the future!
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Lovely tour
Tracy_C
, Dec 2020
Absolutely lovely staff, beautiful diving sites, a lot information. Janna took my daughter to a guided snorkelling tour, my daughter finally started looking into water and start enjoying snorkelling.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank-you for this great review. We’re so happy that you and your daughter enjoyed your day snorkelling with us. We aim to “connect” all our guests to the wonders of the reef, in many subtle ways, so we love your comment of your daughter finally starting to “look” into the water! We hope to see you again in the future, enjoy the rest of your holidays
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Just Incredible!
Jon_S
, Dec 2020
The cruise was very well managed with the staff being very good about explaining everything about the day and running the activities safely. They were very friendly and helpful about any questions as well. The real attraction is the reef and it is spectacular. You have lots of time to see it and explore on your own and with help. The food was pretty good too. Sometimes tours like this have pretty spotty food and this was good. One of the guides whose name I can't recall was particularly amazing. She took my daughter around solo towards the end when everyone else had tired themselves out and were on the boat resting. My daughter got a private tour around the reef and saw some amazing things and she was absolutely thrilled. Thank you to the crew, you were incredible!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thanks for the detailed review and recommendation! Great to hear how much you enjoyed your day and the food! 😊 We will pass your thanks on to the crew. Hope to see you in the future!
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Reef day
Michele_R
, Dec 2020
Great crew, very accomodating and knowledgable. They kept the food flowing so never hungry. Seeing their friendly giant trevally was the highlight.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
The GT's are super impressive! Glad you enjoyed your trip with us (and the food!), thank you for your review.
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The Best Day Trip on the Reef
Craig_F
, Nov 2020
Scott and his team on board were absolutely brilliant, they truely couldn’t do enough for you. My family felt very welcomed and very safe. This would be the best day trip in the Reef.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Safety is always our number one priority, closely followed by FUN! Thank you for your review, so glad you enjoyed your trip.
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