Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: Australia, QLD, Cairns & the Tropical North

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  • 9 hours
  • Cairns & the Tropical North
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Enjoy the most customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef tour aboard a fast travelling sleek, luxury catamaran from Cairns! Snorkel and dive 2 very different and unique Great Barrier Reef Sites . "Wonder Wall" on the outer edge Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay reef area - an aquarium style coral garden with the most beautiful clear blue azure waters . Spend six hours (more than any other reef tour) to snorkel or scuba dive (see options below) these Marine Park protected areas . Absolutely no rush in the day .Enjoy complimentary Glass- Bottom Boat tour and Adventure Drift Snorkel tours with your onboard marine naturalist, . This cruise is limited to 75 guests, ensuring quality customer service and passenger comfort.


  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Snorkel gear included

Your Great Barrier Reef adventure begins with check-in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. Once on board the luxury 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, enjoy coffee, tea, fruit and muffins prior to departure.
As you cruise to Upolu Cay, relax in the air-conditioned interior deck or on the outdoor sundeck. The crew will provide a safety briefing, and if you choose the introductory or certified scuba diving option, you’ll also fill out your paperwork.
Your first stop is Upolu Cay, a naturally formed coral cay situated 19 miles (30 km) from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. The cay's protected shallow waters make it the perfect location to explore the reef, for both snorkelers and scuba divers. Drop anchor and take a glass-bottom boat tour from the catamaran to Upolu Cay. Then jump in the stunning turquoise water for your snorkeling adventure or your introductory or certified dive among an array of coral, reef fish, and starfish.
After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board while cruising from Upolu Cay to Upolu Reef. Feast on smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and other meats, accompanied by salad and fresh bread.
You’ll soon arrive at the amazing dive and snorkel site known as the ‘Wonder Wall,’ located on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Rising 46 feet (14 meters) from the ocean floor, the ‘Wonder Wall’ plateaus just below the water's surface, making it a perfect spot for both snorkelers and divers. Be amazed by the many different types of hard and soft coral, giant clams, turtles and reef fish of all shapes and sizes. Learn more about the reef on an informative drift snorkel tour with a marine naturalist.
After a full six hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef, cruise back to Cairns as the crew serves a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers and a decadent cake platter.

  • 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
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 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.


9 hours

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

User's Reviews

Image - 25 Jul 2019 -

Robert S

The highlight was the helpful and fun loving crew and ratio of crew to passengers. Also, this company limits the number of passengers which nicely resulted in there being ample room to sit and move around. The boat was modern, fast and handled the rough water very well. The day we went out, wind was gusting at 25-30 km. Per the advice of the crew, we purchased and took motion sickness pills before leaving the dock and it worked. A few folks didn't and they were miserable. Food was good and plentiful and presented buffet style. Unfortunately for us the rough seas stirred up the sediment and reduced visibility, but that wasn't anything the crew could control. All in all, a very memorable day.

Image - 08 Jul 2019 -

Shoshana R

It was a great trip. The crew was amazing. They were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. We went two very different areas of the reef which made it even more interesting.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

John g K

the crew, the food and the agenda are outstanding. probably one of the best La Vacanza Travel tours I have experienced

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My wife loves to snorkel, but I am disabled and had to give up snorkeling some time ago. But I still went with her on this Great Barrier Reef cruise, and I am so glad I did! 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. Their glass-bottom boat seats at least 20 people and the view of the reef is very good. Although there are not large numbers of reef fish, I saw more than most of the snorkelers. I even saw two giant clams and a barracuda. Snorkelers should be aware that there are a lot fewer reef fish to be seen here than they may be used to seeing in places like Hawaii.

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Kayla N

We had an amazing time on our snorkeling excursion! Though we went on a rather rough and rainy day, we enjoyed every minute of the trip. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, offering information and guidance throughout the day. The lunch served was also quite lovely. I would recommend to anyone.

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Snorkeling at the Barrier Reef

An absolutely amazing and fun time snorkeling at the Barrier Reef. I would do this again!


Scuba Diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef

Bst tour ever! Amazing secluded tour of the GBR, snorkelling and scuba diving available to all patrons, no experience for either qactivity necessary. Perry and his Crew were truly so helpful and made the tour the best day out! Highly recommend to anyone wanting to see the GBR and the beautiful waters..


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Rough sea

Ocean Freedom in the photo, as you can see the sea was pretty rough but with all the equipment provided snorkeling was still enjoyable.


Glassbottom Boat Tour

Gorgeous coral



Raw prawns, raw salmons, some kinds of breads etc.. They were delicious.


A translucent sea.




Like this!


Giant Clam

Not a very good photo, but this is a giant clam we saw while on the glass-bottom boat.


Great Barrier Reef

Purple Star Fish


Fish on the Reef



The Reef itself




The fish we saw, incredible!


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