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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

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

Rick F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The boat is new and very clean and the staff are fantastic. even though the seas were very rough on the day we totally enjoyed the diving experience. The spots that they go out to on the reef are beautiful and full of colourful fish.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great experience! 10 mis Heliflight 5 hours snorkeling only 250 AUD! YOU SHOULD NEVER MISS THIS.

Omotayo I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

loved it!! would recommend

Omotayo I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

AWESOME EXPERIENCE I did the dive and my sister did the snorkel !!! NO COMPLAINTS, other than some food ran our before everyone was fedWOULD RECOMMEND TO FAMILY AND FIRENDS!!!

TaRon J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great tour. Special thanks to the staff and crew. They kept safety first 100!!!! The food was great too. If I would book again if I had the chance in the future.

Anne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Brilliant, couldn't fault it.

Anamika D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great Great Great...all crew member excellent job and amazing thrilling experience.
Never mind paying extra but good value for every single penny.
Good job guys keep it up!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I bought this tour for my mum and relatives. Although my mum couldn and #39;t go into the water as she has minor physical disability, she just loved being on the boat and to be out in Great Barrier Reef. My relatives had a great time as well. Thanks for helping them have a good time!

Richard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The boat was a very large brand new Catamaran. The staff were excellent , knowledgeable and fun. You had the opportunity to upgrade to Scuba driving while on board and the trip included two stops for two great drives on the Reef. Food included was very good with free tea or coffee and 1 glass of wine. a bar was also available Try to board as soon as you can to get the bean bag seats on the top floors !

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