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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns

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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 fast, comfortable catamaran to the outer edge Upolu Reef. Take an Adventure Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat Tour through the highly protected no-fishing zone sites in the Marine Park. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, Upolu Cay reef. Enjoy the shallow azure blue waters surrounding this natural Coral Cay with both snorkeling or diving on offer. Be mesmerised by coral teeming with colourful fish.
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury, fast catamaran from Cairns
  • Choose to snorkel or dive at two locations in highly protected Marine Park zones
  • Learn about the reef on a glass-bottom boat coral-viewing tour
  • Take a snorkeling tour led by a marine naturalist or master reef guide
  • Delicious buffet lunch, snacks and beverages included
  • Top-quality snorkeling and diving gear included
  • Cruise is limited to a maximum of 75 passengers
  • 6-hours actual reef time
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Luxury fast stylish catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two uniquely different reef locations
Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
Tea and coffee throughout the day
Large smorgasbord 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
Pre-book diving if no medical conditions /taking medication - some may preclude you from diving
OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives
1 Spence St , 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Starting point is at the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (RFT) located 1,Spence Str Cairns .

7:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.

Explore 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
After check-in board the vessel, grab a coffee or tea, a Danish pastry, fresh fruit & settle in. After just over an hour we arrive at our first Great Barrier Reef destination - the beautiful "Wonder Wall " on the outer edge of Upolu reef. Snorkel, SCUBA (extra) this stunning reef site teaming with fish and marine life. Experience an informative complimentary Glass Bottom Boat & Adventure Drift Snorkel tour with our very attentive guides. After a morning of activities enjoy a large scrumptious lunch as we cruise to Upolu Cay. Snorkel this "coral garden" tropical oasis - look out for turtles & sting rays! When conditions allow you can even land on this glistening white coral Cay! Enjoy six hours of snorkelling, relaxing between these 2 uniquely different reef sites. After a magical day we return to Cairns serving fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and cake arriving back in Cairns by around 4.15 pm . We are thrilled to now have you as part of our ever growing Ocean Freedom family!
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Our Marine Guides will enthrall you on a reef and marine life discovery on an a highly informative and engaging Adventure Snorkel Tour and Glass Bottom Boat Tour at our two unique Upolu Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge Upolu Reef and our "Aquarium" coral garden reef site amongst the beautiful shallow, azure coloured waters of Upolu Cay Reef. These sites are in Marine Park highly protected zones where no fishing is allowed, hence the abundance of fish and marine life. Come and find your favourite Hollywood Nemo character! With 6 hrs of actual un-rushed reef time you have plenty of time to do both complimentary activities and continue exploring yourself under the guidance of our attentive crew!
Duration: 6 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. Upolu Cay site is truly magnificent - picture a coral garden reef with lots of colourful reef fish darting in and out of the staghorn coral as you snorkel in these crystal clear shallow waters surrounding Upolu Cay. Look out for turtles popping to the surface for a breath of air, stingrays eagerly scouring the bottom for food. Sometimes you can stand thigh deep on the Cay in the middle of the ocean, other days we can land on this glistening white beautiful coral cay - each day a little mystery of nature but always we have the stunning turquoise waters to snorkel in and around this magnificent Great Barrier Reef area. Make sure you have your camera ready for this truly picturesque site!
Duration: 2 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

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

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Don't hesitate to go with them - worth every penny and more!!" 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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Finding Nemo
Rosemarie_H
, Dec 2021
Snorkelling on the second Stop, found Nemo! The staff were professional, friendly and very knowledgeable of marine life. Lunch and snacks were very good provided throughout the day.
star-5
The best reef experience
David_C
, Nov 2021
The staff really made the difference on the boat. From the beginning to end, helpful, knowledgeable and great team. Food was good, experience was amazing, memory unforgettable. Thank you
star-5
Amazing experience
Kathryn_B
, Nov 2021
Beautiful experience with excellent crew. Great food, attentive support and all round wonderful experience.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for the review, Kathryn. We love hearing about everyone’s wonderful experiences. It is great to hear that you enjoyed our ‘excellent crew’ and of course the delicious food. We hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
Must do experience!
Natalie_T
, Nov 2021
Absolutely amazing crew, very informative and made the whole day memorable. Water was amazing and snorkelling was very enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for this review – It is great to hear that you enjoyed the snorkelling and our amazing crew, who love to pass on their knowledge about the reef and marine life. We hope to give you another memorable tour in the future!
star-5
Stop looking, you found the best Great Barrier Reef tour
luca_b
, Oct 2021
Chris and the team were absolutely brilliant and they made the whole experience to remember. The Great Barrier Reef snorkelling was amazing and we have seen so many fishes and corals.We were also lucky enough to spend some time on a sand cay in the middle of the ocean.Divers were lucky enough to meet reef sharks and also for us snorkelling was amazing(we met Nemo). We have been feeding fishes and we have seen a barracuda from close distance. For those considering food the most important part of the experience, that was excellent too throughout the day:breakfast with danishes and fruit,coffees,teas,a generous buffet lunch with seafood and chicken and also snacks,fruit,cheese platters beer drinks(pay reasonable extra). I tried to review as much as I could because I can’t stress enough how good this tour was.Absolutely amazing and recommended to anyone,the crew will look after you for every need and I can easily say that in 10 years living in Australia,this was,by far,the best tour we took part on!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Luca – Thank you so much for this amazingly detailed review. It is great to hear that you not only enjoyed our service but also the food!! We hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
The best in Cairns!
Cath_D
, Oct 2021
The very best tour company to travel to the reef with. Friendly crew with attention to giving everyone a good day out with safety a top priority. Special thx to Matt, Chris, "Pete" & skipper Ben. It was a beautiful day.... can't recommend enough 👏☺️
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Great to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We love to guarantee everybody a wonderful day while staying safe. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to our amazing crew.
star-5
Great day out on the Reef
CR_S
, Oct 2021
Great crew. Knowledgeable, professional, friendly and attentive. Catering was excellent and ample. boat was comfortable and well equipped.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much - Great you not only enjoyed our service but also the boat and food! We hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
Reef exploring
Cathy_S
, Oct 2021
A wonderful day out with a great crew. This day trip is highly recommended- crew looks after everyone in a friendly and professional manner. More food than anyone can eat - you won’t go home hungry. Crew are very knowledgeable about marine environment and can answer all questions
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Cathy - Glad you enjoyed the day and our attentive crew service and were able to learn about the marine environment. As you can see we also like to keep everyone well fed during the days activities! Thank you for your recommendation.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Vladimir_G
, Oct 2021
Everything went swimmingly, pun intended. The actual swimming tours around the reefs were well advised, safe and at no point did it feel like we were forced to participate. The crew hospitality was perfect in their food services and in the way they provided knowledgeable information about the reef and about anything that was thrown at them and their way to adapt to circumstance is also commendable. We would highly recommend this tour, even if swimming isn’t your forte because the atmosphere definitely supplies a good time. Thanks once again
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Fantastic to hear! Thank you for your review and recommendation, we certainly do cater to all kinds of passengers to ensure everyone loves their day as much as we do :) Hope to see you again.
star-5
This is the vessel to visit the reef!
Melinda_E
, Oct 2021
This was a fabulous day out!! The crew were fabulous the boat extremely spacious , guests friendly , food delicious and the reef was absolutely incredible. You felt like you were the only ones on the reef. I did my first intro dive in 30 years and Matt was brilliant. So calm and professional I felt in very good hands. Couldn’t rave more. Do this experience it is certainly worth it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Melinda - Fantastic you did another Introductory dive after 30 years and Matt was able to ensure you felt safe and comfortable as that is very important to us - we will let him know - he will be very happy to hear! Thank you also for your recommendation,

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