Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Australia, Queensland, Cairns & the Tropical North
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Cairns & the Tropical North
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day!

You’ll visit 2 different locations on the barrier reef for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. Lunch is included onboard the boat, and you have the option to upgrade to include additional adventures such as introductory or certified scuba diving or a helicopter flight over this UNESCO World Heritage site. Both water sports enthusiasts and novices are welcome. Includes instruction and equipment provided by friendly and professional instructors.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal. Check-in commences at 7.15am and ends at 7.45am. The boat, Evolution, will depart at 8am sharp.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

After boarding your deluxe boat, your Great Barrier Reef day trip starts with the boat ride from Cairns out to the reef—one of the fastest rides from Cairns.

Depending on the weather and water conditions on the day of your tour, the captain will head to one of 12 exclusive moorings, providing you with the best possible on-the-water experience that day.

Upon arrival at your first reef location, either Saxon or Norman Reef, it’s time to snorkel and dive! Hop in the water with your provided equipment and discover the underwater world full of multicoloured fish, coral, and other marine life. Your guides help you to get fitted with snorkel and scuba diving equipment, and provide instruction and encouragement to beginners and the experienced. Your friendly and knowledgeable crew is always available to help you enjoy your time in the water.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

After a morning of water activities, it is time to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the crew. Enjoy a BBQ lunch prepared on board with fresh fish, steak, a variety of salads, and prawns. Special dietary requirements can be catered for too including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian. Please notify the operator at least 24 hours prior to travel.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

At the second reef location, North Hastings Reef, you can snorkel or dive again. If you prefer to stay dry, you can still check out this World Heritage-listed underwater world on a semi-submersible tour with live commentary by our marine biologist (own expense; payable on the day of your tour. Semi-Submersible is operational again from the 19 December) or from above with a 10-minute scenic helicopter ride (additional cost).

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

On the return trip to Cairns, snack on complimentary afternoon tea and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine to celebrate the end of your day on the sea. Fully licensed bar to purchase additional snacks and drinks!

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions
  • BBQ lunch prepared onboard with fresh fish, prawns, steak, salads (Veg, GF, DF & Vegan options)
  • Cruise onboard the fastest, most luxurious superyacht
  • 5 hours reef time at 2 spectacular outer reef locations
  • Use of SCUBA equipment
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Scuba Dives (if selected)
  • Free lycra/stinger suit hire
  • Glass of wine and a snack on return journey
  • 10-minute Scenic Flight (if selected)
  • Relax in comfort in spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Reef Fleet Terminal
  • Entry/Admission - Great Barrier Reef

Exclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Check-in is from 7.15am at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Please make your way to the Down Under Cruise and Dive counter to check-in. Boat departs 8.00am sharp.
  • All divers are required to complete a Medical Questionnaire. In our commitment to the safety of our guests, divers over 65 years (or 45 years for PADI dive courses) must have a medical clearance with a physician the confirms they are Fit To Dive. This can be provided by your own GP before you leave for your holiday. Please be aware that certain medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving.
  • Children aged and under 12 years (introductory) and 10 years (certified divers) are not permitted to participate in onboard diving activities as per Queensland Australian Law.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be in the immediate company of a parent or legal guardian.
  • For Certified Diving, evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive.
  • Diving within 24 hours before your flight is not permitted.
  • Due to comfort, weight and balance of the aircraft, the weight limit for helicopters is 130kg. Please contact the supplier directly for further information.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Special dietary requirements must be confirmed at least 24 hours prior to travel directly with the tour operator. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are available.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 124 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia


Departure Time

8:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

EricTheRed16

17 Jun, 2022

Great Day on the reef visiting 2 location’s. All equipment supplied (except wet suit) for snorkeling and lunch provided was very good. Great staff Great Boat

Mick_D

16 Jun, 2022

The staff went out of their way to ensure everyone had a good experience be it on the boat trip, for lunch or while on the reef

FlokiandFreya

15 Jun, 2022

Tour included two stops at two different reefs. Snorkelling was fun, all safety measures were taken seriously, crew on board were friendly, engaging and helpful. Buffet food was really nice and there were plenty of options. The boat was fantastic and I will scuba next time. I highly recommend Down Under Cruise and Dive when wanting to explore this incredible part of Australia.

Reinor

12 Jun, 2022

This trip is difficult to review as there was a strong wind blowing on the day, and the ferry trips were very rough. We were both almost sea sick on the second part of the journey. Once on the pontoon, it was overcast and a cold wind made it unpleasant. None of this was the fault of the tour company as I don’t think that things were so bad that they should have cancelled. All other aspects were 100%. The boat was safe, clean and well maintained. The crew were plentiful and very helpful and all engaging and professional in their approach. As an example, the man giving out the snorkelling gear was very helpful at making sure I had the best seal around the mask letting me try three masks and checking if they were OK, so that I could enjoy the diving. The pontoon was also great. The lunch was pretty basic, but given that it was all bought from shore, it was OK. We were also able to spend two hours on Green Island. I would fully recommend this tour, but if possible try to book on a day when the forecast weather is better.

Nelly_N

10 Jun, 2022

Seeing all the fish in the reef was amazing and the helicopter ride even more so, would absolutely recommend

User's Picture Gallery

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Sea Turtle!

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Staff biologist shows us special features of the coral reef

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Cruise vessel

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Giant clam, Evolution, Down Under's beautiful cruise vessel

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Our Go-Pro photos don't do justice to the incredible beauty of the reefs

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Crew

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snorkeling the great barrier reef.

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Great Barrier Reef

Glass bottom Boat Tour

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Great Barrier Reef

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

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Great Barrier Reef

Glass bottom boat tour

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Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Using the rented camera to take pictures underwater

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Beautiful Coral

Our first diving spot

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Helicopter Ride

Great View of Reef

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Back of Boat

Lots of Fish

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