Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling 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


Make the most of your visit to the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour by fast boat, with five hours to enjoy two premium spots on the reef with snorkeling included. Have the option to scuba dive and take a helicopter flight in order to experience the reef from all angles. A delicious barbecue lunch keeps you energized for your adventure. Expert guides welcome both newcomers and experienced marine enthusiasts to enjoy a day on one of the most famous reefs in the world.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Snorkel gear included
  • Free snacks included
  • Buffet lunch included

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

7:15am Check in at the Down Under Cruise and Dive Desk.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Norman Reef, Queensland Australia

Your Great Barrier Reef experience begins in the morning with one of the fastest trips to the reef from the Cairns mainland, covering the distance in a little over an hour. After checking in, step aboard your deluxe boat, which holds a maximum of 100 people, including expert guides who make sure that you are comfortable throughout the day.

When you arrive at the reef, head to two prime locations to take in colorful schools of fish and coral gardens. Your guides help you to get outfitted with snorkel and scuba diving equipment, and provide instruction and encouragement to newcomers and experienced people alike. Your friendly and knowledgeable crew is always available to help nervous snorkelers or divers enjoy their time in the water.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

Marvel at the incredible richness and diversity of marine life as you snorkel at two prime sites on the Great Barrier Reef. If you prefer to stay dry, sit back and enjoy the new semi-submersible tour (payable on the day) with full commentary provided.

Spend five hours at the Great Barrier Reef, with an excellent buffet lunch served on the boat. The spread features an Australian barbecue with fresh fish, steak, and sausages, plus a selection of pastas, salads, and prawns.

Duration: 8 hours

  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Buffet lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, salads and pastas; vegetarian options are also available
  • Snacks including biscuits, cheese and fruit platter
  • Tea and coffee
  • Live entertainer and on-board Marine Biologist
  • Complimentary scuba diving lesson (if required)
  • Introductory or certified dive (if option selected)
  • 10-minute helicopter flight (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Cairns Marlin Marina

  • Wetsuit and stinger suit rental (AU$10 per person)
  • Reef tax and fuel levy payable direct (AU$20 per person)
  • Additional dives payable direct (AU$65 per person)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Semi-submersible tour ($10 on the day)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 8 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Must check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal by 7:15am
  • All intending divers over the age of 65 years must provide a current Diving Medical certificate
  • Children aged 12 years and under 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
  • 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. All participants will be required to complete a health/medication questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart & lung conditions etc) and prescribed medications may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor before booking
  • Due to comfort, weight and balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over (240 pounds) 110kg will be required to pay an extra 50% of an additional seat. Passengers are allowed a weight variance of up to 10% over original recorded weight. Should this variance be found to be more than 10%, your local operator reserves the right to charge an additional fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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 180 travelers
Departure Point

Reef Fleet Terminal, LOT 996 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


8 hours 30 minutes

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

User's Reviews

Image - 27 Jan 2020 -

Alex L

The staff were really friendly and made for a safe, fun experience at the reef. I did an introductory dive and snorkeled around, and we saw a turtle, cuttlefish, clownfish, and a bunch of other fish I couldn't name.

Image - 23 Jan 2020 -

Avital M

Staff was great! Super organized, friendly, and helpful. Waves made us seasick but besides for that it was all great

Image - 20 Jan 2020 -

Megan D

This tour was fantastic, it definitely exceeded my expectations!

The buffet lunch was great, the snacks provided also excellent! The boat itself was great, especially for the conditions on the water during the entire excursion.

Highly recommended if you want to experience bnot super crowded regions of the GBR!

Image - 07 Jan 2020 -

carol k

Our group raved about this tour. THE best boat ever. Absolute perfection. The boat was ideal for snorkeling. The lunch was OFF THE CHART delicious!

Image - 30 Dec 2019 -

Lauren G

Cannot day enough good things about this tour! The staff are amazing, the boat was huge and clean and the entire day was great from start to finish. We chose to do the introductory dive and we highly recommend it. I was absolutely terrified at first when doing it but the staff made sure I was comfortable and they did a great job of training before we went in.

User's Picture Gallery


Sea Turtle!












Staff biologist shows us special features of the coral reef


Cruise vessel



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


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




snorkeling the great barrier reef.


Great Barrier Reef

Glass bottom Boat Tour


Great Barrier Reef

Glass Bottom Boat Tour


Great Barrier Reef

Glass bottom boat tour


Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Using the rented camera to take pictures underwater


Beautiful Coral

Our first diving spot


Helicopter Ride

Great View of Reef


Back of Boat

Lots of Fish


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