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If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. You’ll spend five hours at two different locations on the barrier reef for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. Lunch is included on board 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! 


  • Full-day diving and snorkeling tour of the Great Barrier Reef with optional helicopter sightseeing flight, from Cairns
  • Enjoy five hours at two spectacular outer reef locations away from the crowds
  • Includes instruction and equipment provided by friendly and professional guides
  • Have the option to try scuba diving in a world-class location
  • Fuel up for more fun with a tasty Australian barbecue spread for lunch
  • Be amazed to observe the reef from the air on an optional 10-minute helicopter ride
  • Tap your toes to live musical entertainment on the homeward journey

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What You Can Expect

Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

After boarding your deluxe boat, which seats a max of 100 people, including your experienced guides, your Great Barrier Reef day trip starts with the boat ride from Cairns out to the reef—one of the fastest rides from Cairns, with just more than an hour of cruising time.

Depending on the weather and water conditions on the day of your tour, your guides will head to one of 12 exclusive moorings at six reef locations, providing you with the best possible on-the-water experience that day. Most likely, you’ll visit one of the Outer Great Barrier Reef spots like Saxon Reef or Norman Reef in the morning, and then continue to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon.

Upon arrival at your first location, hop in the water with your provided snorkeling equipment for a look at multicolored fish, coral and other marine life. Instruction is provided for beginners, and your knowledgeable crew members are on hand to encourage and help you, if needed. (See the Itinerary for more details about the scuba diving options, as well as the optional helicopter ride.) Then snorkel again at your second location. If you’d rather not get wet, you can still check out this World Heritage–listed underwater world on a tour by semi-submersible vessel (own expense; payable on the day of your tour).

You’ll have five hours total on the barrier reef and can refuel from your activities with the onboard buffet lunch of Australian barbecue items such as fresh fish, sausages and steak, plus a selection of pastas, salads and prawns. On the return trip to Cairns, snack on a platter of cheese and fruit while members of your talented crew provide live music and entertainment to celebrate the end of your day on the sea.

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You have a choice of optional activities on this tour, as described below.

Introductory dive:
For people who want to learn to dive, an introductory diving course is offered. It’s the perfect chance to scuba dive at one of the world’s premier diving sites!

Certified dive:
If you already have your diving certification, you can take up to three dives at two different locations during this excursion, with plenty of time in between for snorkeling and relaxation. Simply pre-book the initial dive, and then have the choice to purchase additional ones during your trip. All dive gear and dive computers are provided.

Helicopter flight:
Get even more out of your day on the Great Barrier Reef with an upgrade to include a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight. Not only will you get an underwater vantage point of the reef, but you can get the overview from the air. The helicopter flight can be combined with snorkeling, diving or both for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully appreciate the grandeur of this natural wonder.

Customer Reviews

Maureen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Even though it was the most best day with the sun shining on the coral it still was so beautiful snorkelling, The commentator and the crew had amazing humour Really made my day. Really got everybody laughing and enjoying their trip. Really beautiful comfortable boat


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour is amazing ... We did both snockling and diving and absolutely worth it.
Staff if extremely friendly and professional...

Ekta R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing tour! Crew were fantastic from start to finish. They were informative, entertaining, and were very thorough in all their safety checks at all times to ensure that everyone was onboard after both snorkeling/diving sessions. They regularly made announcements to keep us informed of what the plan was for the day and when we needed to be back, etc. The tour was definitely good value for money with the basic snorkeling equipment and lunch with snacks/tea included. The marine biologist onboard was great especially given that I wasn't a confident swimmer, and gave me the confidence and encouragement to get into the water and gave me a short guided tour around the reef so that I could see all the reef and marine life, which was absolutely amazing, and an experience never to be forgotten! The glass bottom boat tour was also great, especially for photo opportunities. On the whole a great day out and a memorable experience! :

leigh b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Food was great, the weather could have been better but that didn't stop the fun! The submersible ride was a good add-on.

Anattapong B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I've searched a tour for me and my girlfriend to the Great Barrier Reef, and I found the Viator. I've not used Viator before, so, this is my first time. However, the tour was very great! and beyond my expectation. Tour staffs are very, very professional and very helpful. Even my girlfriend was seasick, the staff can help without asking. The tour's place was also excellent. Staff provided us the very greatful place to visit. The cruise, food and helicopter flight were also real good. In summary, my trip booked via Viator was very great to me.

Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

terrific all round: excellent boat, very diligent and helpful crew, imaginative offerings, tasty food. All in all a smashing day out


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Absolutely Amazing!!!! Crew was awesome, meal was good, was a bit rough that day but was still a FABULOUS DAY, I even got to see a sea turtle!

Brittany D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a must do! The staff on board were great and there were so many of them that there was always somebody nearby to help. They took us to 2 reefs and both were absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. I don't think diving is necessary as you can see so much snorkeling but the divers had a great time too!

gordon n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

great day very helpful crew would do it again

Martha R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Absolutely amazing day out. Great crew. We loved everything about it!! Really good value for miney

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